Our Mission

Project Understanding provides hope by developing and directing resources for the purpose of transforming lives and community through justice, mercy and compassion.

Our Vision

Through collaboration, we assist people to reach their highest attainable level of independence.

Our Process

With the tools of Shelter, Food and Education, we…

• House the homeless.

• Feed the hungry.

• Tutor children.

We offer tutoring, food, supportive housing and case management, designed to sow hope and blossom transformation in lives that are vulnerable.

Homeless to Home provides housing options and field case management services to homeless individuals who desire to change their life situation for the better.

Tender Life Maternity Home provides homeless pregnant women with nutrition, safe housing and support services that promote self-sufficiency.

SHORE at the WAV assists those who desire to end their homelessness. SHORE at the WAV offers Case Management to previously homeless families and individuals in permanent, supportive housing apartments subsidized by Section 8 funds.

Food Pantry provides groceries once a month to families whose budget cannot support the purchase of their own. This helps our homeless neighbors fit housing into their budget. This keeps individuals and families in crisis from losing their housing.

Tutoring Centers provide extra instruction for students grades K-5 with volunteer tutors in one-to-one interaction.

Our Values

Project Understanding is founded on the ideals and principles of Judaism and Christianity, which are in simplest terms: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Our History

Project Understanding had its beginnings more than forty years ago when the people of the faith community stepped forward to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Leadership and members of half a dozen congregations collaborated in their efforts to work toward helping the underserved in this community.

The agency was officially incorporated on July 7, 1977.

Project Understanding has initiated a number of programs that have since incorporated as separate agencies. Among these are FOOD Share (the county food bank) and the Ventura County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.

As the needs of our community members shift, we strive to evolve and adapt our services and programs with the dynamic nature of those we serve and their needs.

Our Supporters

Individuals, clubs, congregations and businesses sustain the work of Project Understanding through cash, in-kind donations and volunteer efforts.