Message from our CEO!

Dear Friends,

Since joining Delhi Center as its new CEO, I have been humbled by the amazing talent, passion and commitment of staff, Board members, Ambassadors, partners and members of our large community.  I am amazed at the breadth, scope, and impact of our current programs, and the potential of programs being considered for the future.  The influence and presence of this organization in the Santa Ana community is truly awesome to see, especially as we consider the unprecedented collaboration which gave rise to the beautiful facility that houses our work, and the vibrant variety of programs we host daily.

I cannot be more honored and privileged to call this organization my place of work.  More than that, it already feels like a home away from home.  I am honored and grateful to serve, and I thank you for making me feel so welcome.

In the months ahead, you will hear exciting news from Delhi Center, as we have many projects in the works.  You will be hearing about our refocused mission, vision and strategic direction, and you will likely be engaged in a conversation about what it means to be a part of the Delhi community.

On November 6th, we will experience ZOCALO Fiesta. More than a fundraiser, this annual event has proven to be a rich cultural experience in the heart of Orange County.  I hope you are able to join us, as we have much to celebrate together!  We will be honoring Max and Artyn Gardner for their wonderful contributions to the nonprofit sector, and for United Way’s faithful partnership with Delhi Center.  At the same time, we will enjoy delicious food, games, art, and the cool sounds of the Blue Agave.  Log on to ZocaloFiesta.com and take a listen…  I know you will want to hear more – in person!

So, thank you for being a part of this beautiful community, and thank you for caring about the people and about the role we each play, individually and collectively, in shaping the future of Santa Ana, Orange County, and beyond.

In grateful service,




About the Delhi Center

Our Vision FrontSign

Our vision is to be a model for service delivery and leadership development.

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance self-sufficiency through sustainable programs in health, financial stability, education, and community engagement.

Our Values

Innovation.  Collaboration.  Service. Integrity.

Our History

The history of the Delhi neighborhood can be traced back to the 1860’s when two McFadden brothers, originally from Delhi, New York, purchased land and named it Delhi.

In 1969, the Delhi Center was incorporated as a non profit organization by local residents, a nearby church, city officials and the Junior League of Orange County. The organization was established as a referral source for the largely Mexican and Mexican American farmworker community residing in Santa Ana. For more than 25 years, the organization was located within two marine barracks.

In 2001, center leaders achieved a historic milestone and constructed the largest community center of its kind in Santa Ana. With the support of elected officials, community residents, and private sponsors, the Delhi Center opened its doors on December 17, 2001.

The Delhi Center continues to serve as a gathering place for local residents and organizations from throughout Orange County.  It serves as an investment vehicle for those wishing to impact the lives of our most challenged neighbors.  Programs and activities are organized into four areas:  Health, Financial Stability, Education, and Community Engagement.

Annually, the center welcomes over 42,000 individuals through its doors for various programs, services, trainings and events. Its history, perseverance, and impact is a testament to the work ethic of those it serves and the hope that defines its legacy.


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