Since 2014 two programs and services were initiated at SOAR by students for students; Undocumented Students Programs and Food Access and Security services. Both of these initiatives gained support from the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) and received seed funds. These funds were used to hire the Dreamers Coordinator in fall 2014 and the Food Access and Security Coordinator in fall 2015.
In spring 2016, students ran and passed the SOAR Food Pantry campaign, securing funding for 10 years to address student food insecurity. In addition, UC President Napolitano approved a 2 year $150,000 grant proposed by the Global Food Initiative (GFI) Food Access & Security subcommittee. Furthermore, in fall 2016 the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) approved the proposal to fund the Dreamers Coordinator position indefinitely and UCOP extended and expanded the temporary funds for Undocumented Student Programs for an additional 3 years. This funding has since been used to hire a Director and establish the DREAM Center. The success of both of these initiatives gained the support of the UCI Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs who allocated space for the creation of an independent DREAM Center and a new SOAR FRESH Basic Needs Hub. Both opened their doors at on September 27, 2017.