Orange County Amazing Grace Ministries (OCAGM) provides social, emotional, and spiritual support to those in nursing homes.
Transform the outlook of our community and local churches by inspiring, encouraging, and equipping members to effectually impact the critical social, emotional, and spiritual needs of those who live and work in nursing homes.
OCAGM exists to bring the Gospel of joy, comfort, encouragement, friendship, and salvation to the forgotten residents of nursing homes out of love and obedience to Jesus Christ.
Over 60% of those living in nursing homes never get an outside visit.
According to the Council on Aging Southern California, there are over 432,600 seniors living in Orange County today. That number is expected to grow to over 800,000 by 2025. Many older adults suffer from mental distress associated with chronic health problems which disturbs the normal aging process. Nursing home residents are impacted more intensely since most are grieving the loss of their home, possessions, familiar surroundings, mobility, independent living, and personal freedoms. Their loneliness leads to more severe health issues, anxiety, depression, and other mental health struggles.
Orange County Amazing Grace Ministries (OCAGM) is helping to change the outlook for dependent living seniors in our community. Research demonstrates that access to just one caring individual increases a person’s resilience (Gallopin, 2016). Every week, we make over 50 visits to nursing homes in Orange County. Since our founding in 2003, OCAGM has made over 270,000 loving visits to those who feel most forgotten.
Our trained workers make personal visits with the residents living in a variety of nursing facilities. We offer social, emotional, and spiritual support. We conduct an Amazing Hour program in the activities room and visit room to room. Most of all, we remind each resident that they are loved and valued. All this is provided without discrimination and all are welcome.
- Over 2.7 million elderly residents live in nursing homes.
- Over 80% of them have No Visitors At All.
- Residents are lonely and abandoned as they live out their last days.
- Many need skilled nursing care – some are too feeble and frail to live alone – all are disabled to some degree
- Most are grieving loss of their home, possessions, familiar surroundings, mobility, and personal freedoms