Understanding Needs,
Restoring hope.

Our Mission

Project Understanding’s mission is to transform lives and empower independence by providing resources to the most at risk in our community.

Our Vision

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



The Food Pantry at Project Understanding helps to provide groceries once a month to families whose budget cannot support the purchase of their own.


Housing at Project Understanding consists of a number of programs designed to help people get back on their feet, providing a place to live and become self reliant.


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

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.

You Can Be Someone's Hand Up!

On average, we serve 4,000 individuals each month with personal, face-to-face help. We couldn't do this without volunteers.
Our team of mission-driven volunteers serve and transform lives and our community!

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