Faces of Santa Ana
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our story

In July 2015, Brian and Vanessa Peterson moved to Santa Ana California with a burning desire in their hearts to love their neighbors unconditionally and sacrificially. Night after night, Brian was on his living room sofa reading a book called, Love Does, and one evening he heard the screams from a man experiencing homelessness right outside his 4th floor apartment window. The agony on this man’s voice gripped his heart as he realized, “This very man is my neighbor, and I am called to love him.” Brian ran into the bedroom to share the good news with Vanessa and explained, “We have to at least find out his name.” Two days later, on the way home from work, Brian’s heart led him to find this man. He sat down next to him on the sidewalk and had the first conversation with one of his neighbors experiencing homelessness. In this conversation, Brian saw beauty in his pain along, with glimmers of hope in his eyes. Up until this point, Brian hadn't painted in 8 years. However, from the deepest place in his heart, he asked, “Would it be ok if I painted your portrait?” From this single moment, Faces of Santa Ana was born.


what we do

The mission of Faces of Santa Ana is to lovingly engage our neighbors without homes through art and creativity. We make it a priority to get to know each of our clients. We listen and tell their stories, meet them in their communities, and establish a healthy level of trust.


how we do it

We do this by befriending individuals who are experiencing homelessness, painting, and selling their portraits so that we can contribute to their life necessities. The subject receives 50% of the proceeds in what we call their “Love Account”. We manage the money for them by asking, “How can we help you with the proceeds from your painting?”



help us help others

There are several ways you contribute to the success of Faces of Santa Ana. Donating to Faces of Santa Ana will allow us to cultivate relationships and expand the skills and needs of our friends who are experiencing homelessness. Through your generosity, we are able to assist with building, creating and changing lives. 


Donate / Fundraise

Partner with us in fundraising to support our friends experiencing homelessness. Sign up below to activate a personal “Funraise” campaign to promote to your network.



Your purchase of t-shirts, notebooks, coffee mugs, and prints provide monetary support to the Faces of Santa Ana project. Rock the movement with custom FoSA merch.


partner with us

We’re expanding past our Santa Ana, California borders. If you’re interested in partnering with us in your city, we’d love to connect and get you started on painting your first portrait.