The number of families experiencing homelessness, or who are unstably housed, has never been greater. Families In Transition began in 1992 with the vision of its founder, William Watt, who wanted to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. Here at Families in Transition, we work with over 300 families each year to help them secure and keep housing while offering budgeting and tenancy skill building. On June 9th, Families in Transition will partner with Goodwill for a special Round-Up day that will take place at all Goodwill locations in Santa Cruz County. Shoppers can round-up to the nearest dollar, with other donation options displayed on the credit card terminal machine. All proceeds will go towards continuing the work we do with our most vulnerable community members in Santa Cruz County.
Join Families In Transition in our community-wide effort to raise awareness about homelessness in Santa Cruz County, break the stigma about what homelessness looks like, and raise money
for the at-risk and homeless families struggling with housing security.
Spread the word to your family, friends, and mutual connections.
The Human Race:
The Human race is the largest fundraising event in Santa Cruz County. Families In Transition has been participating in the yearly event since 2005. Although 2020’s event was unique due to the switch to a virtual event, Families In Transition was able to find great success, climbing to number 7 on the leaderboard for money raised out of a total 82 participating local nonprofits. To find out how you can get involved in the upcoming Human Race event, please email
Landlord Appreciation Event
Come let us celebrate you as a FIT landlord. If you’ve helped house any family who is enrolled in a Families In Transition program, or if you are a landlord looking to get more information to decide if this is a good opportunity for you to utilize, join us at our annual event, traditionally held at a local brewery. We will be able to answer any questions you may have about working with a rental assistance organization, you’ll get to mingle with other local landlords and property management companies, and we’ll buy you a beverage. If you are interested in joining our group of landlords and knowledgeable FIT staff members, please email
The Strawberry Festival:
The Strawberry Festival is a yearly event that is held close to our hearts. With the event being held in our backyard, right next to our office building, we have come to celebrate this yearly tradition staff-wide. Our Strawberry-Dessert Kabobs have become a popular food item we have been able to bring to the event year after year. If you would like to volunteer for the upcoming Strawberry Festival, please email
Each year, Families In Transition receives a generous and kindhearted donation from a group of friends we like to call “The Turkey Guys.” Year after year, this group of men come together to donate multiple meals to families who may otherwise not be able to get a warm thanksgiving dinner. Once delivered to one of FIT’s satellite locations, FIT staff members volunteer their time to distribute the meals to our participating families. If you would like more information about how you may be able to assist or get involved, please email
“GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.” To pledge a yearly donation for Giving Tuesday, please email
What Is Love?
2021 is bringing a new campaign centered around Valentines Day. We want to show our participating families what love could look like when a community comes together to show support for those families who may be in more need than others. To show your love for our participating parents and their young children, please consider a tax-deductible donation, or email to find other ways you can help!