Friends of Orange County Detainees

In 2012 a small group of Tapestry members came together with the desire to create a social action project. They discovered that there were immigrants being held in three detention facilities across Orange County. Detainees can languish for months, sometimes years, away from family and friends, with no visitors, and with limited access to community and legal support.

Desiring to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of the detainees, the idea for a visitation program was born, known as Friends of Orange County Detainees. Since 2012 our volunteers have visited immigration detainees over 4000 times!

Ways you can get involved:


Our volunteers cannot solve the immigration issue. Our volunteers are not attorneys, or social workers. Our volunteers are everyday citizens from all walks of life, who visit in an act of friendship, and the desire to affirm the human dignity and worth of every individual. And for this reason, our volunteers are our heroes! Learn more about how to volunteer.


Now more than ever, we need to stand firm in the belief that our country has a big heart and is welcoming to all those in need. Supporting the vital work of Friends of Orange County Detainees is one way of living out these values. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us:

  • Reach our goal of visiting every detainee in Orange County (through greater program visibility in the community to attract additional supporters and volunteers).
  • Prevent asylum seeker homelessness (through coordination of Transition Program services and occasional temporary housing for asylum seekers).
  • Provide food, clothing, toiletries, mobile phones, and miscellaneous travel expenses for asylum seekers to safely reach their new communities.

Donate to Friends of Orange County Detainees

Pay online (below) with a credit card or PayPal. Or to pay by cash, check or money order please print & complete this form and return to Tapestry.

Year-round we are also in need of the following new or used items.


Friends of Orange County Detainees is always looking for organizations and groups to connect, fundraise, or affiliate with. We also offer awareness presentations and volunteer orientations to any group. Please contact Ananda, FOCD Transition and Outreach Coordinator, at to learn more.

Download our brochure.