Women of Noble Character began in January of 2010 as a group of women meeting once a week for lunch and to encourage and pray for one another. We later began monthly garage giveaways where we took in donations and gave them away. We then incorporated the Share Food Program with the giveaways and started distributing the pre-paid food packages monthly so people were not only able to pick up their food but also receive free clothing, furniture, etc.
Soon after, we began distributing packaged home-cooked meals in the community and in May of 2011, through the encouragement of those we were serving, acquired a location in an area where we knew there was a great need for what we offered but also to comprise the food and clothing services and give better access to those who needed them.
Initially, we were available one night a week for dinner and for the community to receive free clothing, hygiene products, blankets, etc. but soon thereafter, through the efforts of our A Meal A Day Coalition, other individuals and ministries in the community, and the use of community service workers, we grew to assist the community five days a week as well as serve dinner 4-6 nights a week.
We have been blessed to help the community in other ways as well. We have purchased sleeping bags, tents, tickets for people to return to their families, referrals for housing, partnering with local dentists to offer free dental work for community service, supporting and partnering with other agencies and ministries to assist with community events, distributing over 1,400 toys and helping over 400 families for Christmas with the help of Toys for Tots and local businesses, and so much more.
In 2015, we hosted our first annual "Show Your Hearts Not Your Body Parts" conference for young ladies ages 12-20. It is a 3 day conference that is targeted at building young women's self-esteem as well as teaching some basic life skills. Soon after The Nice Girlz Club was created for the alumni of the conference as a way to continue to support and encourage their journeys.
A Meal a Day Coalition, through a partnership with the Salvation Army, began serving dinner from their kitchen seven nights a week to the local homeless community. The coalition also began serving dinner at the Victorville Warming Shelter.
In 2021, the A Meal a Day Coalition started a monthly drive thru food distribution through a partnership with High Desert Second Chance, distributing over 1400 Farmers to Families food packages. Once that program concluded, the Coalition began distributing weekly food boxes from WONC's location by appointment.
Teach Them to Fish began a weekly shower program offering a hot meal, clothing and hygiene kits to the local community. The program also, through a partnership with the city of Victorville, started a cleanup crew consisting of some of our homeless clients and volunteers from the community. Twice a week the crew cleaned up trash and debris along Love's Lane and around the county fairgrounds.