Project Understanding provides hope by developing and directing resources for the purpose of transforming lives and community through justice, mercy and compassion.
Through collaboration, we assist people to reach their highest attainable level of independence.
Project Understanding is founded on the ideals and principles of Judaism and Christianity, which are in simplest terms: Love your neighbor as yourself.
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.
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 1,400 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!