Vanguard University Graduate and Professor Contributes To Ending Homelessness in Orange County
COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2015 –On Tuesday, Mayor of Santa Ana, Miguel Pulido, recognized Father Jerome T. Karcher and Larry Haynes from Mercy House for their outstanding service to the City of Santa Ana Council Meeting.
With its headquarters in Santa Ana, Mercy House provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for a variety of homeless populations which includes families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals overcoming substance addictions, and some who are physically and mentally disabled. This year, Mercy House served close to 5,000 homeless individuals in their emergency services programs and prevented or ended homelessness for over 800 individuals.
Larry Haynes, graduated from Vanguard University in 1986, and joined Mercy House in May of 1990 as its original employee. He now serves as the organization’s executive director, and as adjunct professor of sociology at Vanguard University. In addition to teaching at the university level on poverty and homeless issues, Larry is one of the co-authors of Orange County’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness and currently serves on the Orange County’s Commission to End Homelessness Board of Directors, and is Chair of the Commission’s Prevention and Outreach Implementation Group. He is Chairman of the local Emergency Food and Shelter Program and the Costa Mesa Partnership to End Homelessness as well as a member of Cal State Fullerton’s Community Advisory Board on Homeless Issues.
The Council Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 1st in the Council Chambers in Santa Ana.
About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located 10 minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard No. 13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, No. 10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and No. 19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit vanguard.edu.