Mia Ferreira is an Adjunct Professor at Saddleback College in the Human Services Department.
She has also served as the Program Manager for the Friendship Shelter for the past seven years. Mia holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Chemistry from the University of Hawaii, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Emory University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Fullerton. She is also credentialed as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
During her time with the Friendship Shelter, she has brought numerous national best practices to the emergency low threshold shelter, including a comprehensive coordinated entry housing placement system, housing navigation, coordination and advocacy, as well as recently created a homeless outreach program and drop-in day services.
For almost 20 years, Ms. Ferreira has served in varied roles with poverty reduction, research, social justice, community organizing and homeless non-profits: as a researcher, mental health outreach worker, an advocate, a case manager, an educator, a therapist and an administrator. She currently is Chair of the Orange County CoC Shelter Committee and is an active part of the County Coordinated Entry System, collaborating with both government and nonprofit agencies in a collective effort to address homelessness and identify system gaps in the community.