Committed to fighting for vulnerable children.

Who We Are

Unity 4 Orphans exists to raise awareness, unite communities, and mobilize people towards creatively and tangibly investing in the lives of marginalized children around the world.

Our Mission

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Our Vision

Fighting for a brighter future where orphaned and vulnerable children experience power and transformation in every area of their lives.

Our Story

Unity 4 Orphans (U4O) officially launched in 2010, after our founder, Joe Brandi, took a trip to Kenya with World Orphans where the staggering number of orphans worldwide became a reality. Joe committed his life to fighting for vulnerable children. He began his fight for creating brighter futures for orphans by joining forces with the world missions team at The Rock Church in San Diego, CA.

After leading short-term trips to Mexico, Joe’s vision grew and Unity 4 Orphans was born. Unity 4 Orphans focuses on education and mental health for children in Latin America and has blessed over 2,000 children since its inception. Quality relationships are at the core of Unity 4 Orphans where individual children are provided with the love, consistency, quality relationships, and dignity they deserve.

Joe Brandi

U4O Founder
Joe was a Presbyterian pastor in Florida when he felt called to act. He convinced himself that he was content, but couldn’t shake the feeling that he was being pulled towards global ministry. After sharing his feelings with his church, he was encouraged to participate in a mission trip with World Orphans. That trip changed everything. Joe knew that God’s vision for him was clear: he was called to dedicate the rest of his life to fighting for defenseless children.

Team Members

Joe Brandi
President / Founder
Keem Schultz-Fares
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Shannon Fox
Marketing & PR
Lindsay Reph - Community Outreach Specialist for U4O
Lindsay Reph
Community Outreach Specialist
Marlon Lonzon
Programs Coordinator
Chris Chanco Harrell - Event Specialist for Unity 4 Orphans
Chris Chanco Harrell
EVENTS SPECIALIST
Bettina Hanna - Unity 4 Orphans
Bettina Hanna
Videographer
Ali Sardar
Financial Talent
Marlon Lonzon
Programs Coordinator
Chris Chanco Harrell - Event Specialist for Unity 4 Orphans
Chris Chanco Harrell
EVENTS SPECIALIST
Bettina Hanna
Financial Talent
Ali Sardar
Financial Talent
Amy Beam Web Developer U4O
Amy Beam
Website/Technical
Kristen B Donations Coordinator for Unity 4 Orphans
Kristen Brinkerhoff
Donations Coordinator
Sam Park
Trip Leader
Lauren Salaz
Program Intern
Amy Beam Web Developer U4O
Amy Beam
Website/Technical
Monique Taylor
Donations Coordinator
Kristen B Donations Coordinator for Unity 4 Orphans
Kristen Brinkerhoff
ROCK CHURCH LIASON
Sam Park
Trip Leader
Laigthany Gomez
ESL Program Director
Greyddyn Rodriguez
Psychologist
Nellys Mairena
ESL Teacher
Yanelis Melisa Lopez Vasquez_SQ
Yanelis Lopez
ESL Program Intern

Board of Directors

Joe Brandi
President / Founder
Ivonne Aparicio
Steven Castillo
Laura Fellows
Chris Fromm
Paul Polakowski III
Keem Schultz-Fares
Ted Watson

Advisory Committee

Brian Cannelongo — Warwick, MD
Mary Anne Lutz — San Diego, CA
Ted Watson — Winter Garden, FL

Partners

La Jolla Christian Fellowship — La Jolla, CA
New Hope Church — Rancho Peñasquitos, CA
Rock Church San Diego, CA
Unveiling Lies San Diego, CA

Sponsors

Giving Tree Property Management — San Diego, CA
Lady Boss — San Diego, CA
Minute Marketing — San Diego, CA
Mission Sands Vacation Rentals San Diego, CA
NovoSlate Los Angeles, CA

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