Frequently Asked ?'s
The founders began this organization due to the great needs of children around the world. As the organization grew it took new shape. They realized that in order to meet the needs of the kids they would also have to address the needs of the parents. For instance, developing a new medical clinic in a developing country often serves many children, but it also serves elderly and parents. When parents are healthy they are better able to care for their children.
This is a great question – the answer is no. Many larger organizations choose to pre-determine areas of impact and they focus solely on these parts of the world. At GCH, we have taken a different approach to address a niche that is currently not being filled. We choose to allow others in need – wherever they might be located – fill out an application and call our offices at 714-523-4454 for further information and assistance.
Often small community leaders know best how to address the needs of their own community. The problem they face is the knowledge of how to procure and logistically receive their community needs. This is where we come in. We are experts in technical and medical supply needs in developing countries as well as in logistics. We partner with these individuals to develop a clinic that meets their specific needs – if a large humanitarian organization hasn’t determined their community as part of their strategic plan these communities are left without aid. We chose to fill in the gap in this manner.
One of our core values is listening. As a listening organization, we work with partners in developing countries and listen to their needs instead of imposing our ideas or strategy on the community. It is the community that is deciding what they need and which projects are needed first. Instead of being community based, we are community initiated. A project has the greatest chance for success when the community has true ownership and input into the development.
Visit our partner portal section of our site which is located by clicking on the Become a partner button.
YES! We are committed to relief work anywhere in the world. We shipped 40 truckloads of relief goods to post-Katrina and set up a soup kitchen to help meet the needs of the people. We were also involved in the relief efforts for the Southern California wildfires.
Additionally we are committed to poverty reduction and hunger issues locally. We operate local workforce development programs where we seek to have individuals enter or re-enter the workforce and break the bonds of poverty. Our “We’ve Got Your Back” program is our local program serving homeless Orange County school children. These children receive nutrition training in the classroom and a backpack filled with food on Friday’s to last them through the weekend. Furthermore, GCH supplies numerous Orange County organizations with needed supplies, most of whom serve children. Rest assured that when you partner with GCH you are partnering to help not only children in developing countries, but American children in need.
Absolutely! Please provide a contact name and address in order to have a notification sent for the donation. We will not include the amount given, but we will let them know that you made a gift in their honor.
No. We are a faith-based organization that believes in biblical principles, but we are not affiliated with any denomination. We seek to have a diverse board, which includes individuals from various denominations or non-denominational churches. We are a humanitarian organization compelled to serve the needs of the poor regardless of religion.
No. We work with individuals and groups from all walks of life. We are compelled to serve around issues of poverty because of our belief in the Bible, but we do not require our recipients, donors, or volunteers to believe the same way. However, we believe that prayer for our projects and container shipments is a necessary part of our work and sets us apart from other similar organizations.
We screen our US partners with a strict application process in which we check references, carry on joint visits, and communicate regularly with them. Overseas partners require similar checks, actual on the ground visits, and consultation with local authorities.
Stop by and visit us anytime and see the work we do. We are also registered with the United Way, ECFA, USAID, InterAction, CFC, Office of the Attorney General of the State of California, Independent Charities of America and Children’s Charities of America.
Agencies that engage in relief and development work often receive a great deal of “Gifts in Kind” which drives down the amount that is spent on administration. Gifts in Kind are items that are donated and then recycled and sent out to places of need. Perhaps it is Arrowhead donating us pallets of water or Cardinal Health donating us medical supplies. These items are counted on our books as cash revenue but in reality they are actually product to be used on our projects and not cash that can be spent on administration expenses. We work hard to ensure that our administration costs are low and we are able to utilize the maximum amount possible on programs while still investing in proper infrastructure at GCH.
Sure we do. Call our office and schedule a time to come and take a look at our facility. You could bring a group to volunteer at the same time and have lunch here.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to our prayer group list. We send out a twice-monthly email with our prayer needs and we GREATLY appreciate your prayer support.