When my motives changed from trying to HELP the homeless, to simply LOVING the homeless, everything shifted.
— BRIAN PETERSON, Founder - Faces of Santa Ana


Our work

Our gallery features in-depth stories and real-life photography of each client we have embarked on forming relationships with. In the gallery you’ll have the opportunity to read their stories, see their smiles, and hear how Faces of Santa Ana has transformed their lives.

Click here for information and highlights from our SanArts High School collaboration.



HomeBless was dreamt up as a way to bring joy, comfort, and a place of peace to those who have previously experienced homelessness. Through love and generosity we aim to transform lives by renovating their new homes, restoring hope, and bring together a community of support.



Our large scale mural projects are a new initiative set fourth to bring love, light, and color to the cities that we call home. Murals are painted by Brian Peterson and Santa Ana street artist, Damin Lujan. Our hope is the spread our movement to walls all around the world with the radical message of love, hope, and positive affirmations that all walks of life can relate to.


“HOW TO” Tutorials

Faces of Santa Ana is tackling your most daunting questions as it relates to establishing community with those experiencing homelessness. From learning how to paint your neighbor to making monetary contributions to their cause, our “How To” tutorials will guide you through a series of common questions and propel you into cultivating meaningful connections with your neighbors.

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.