First Step Center

The First Step Center is where you go to get started if you are in need of food, housing or tutoring assistance. At First Step, people register and provide basic information to help us understand your situation so we can help you to the best of our ability.

If you need assistance, please contact us to get started.
The first step in getting help from Project Understanding is contacting the First Step Center. Please come 9am-1pm, Monday-Friday. Turn off Johnson Dr onto Capri Ave, then turn into third driveway on the left. Park at the back of the lot and proceed through the gate.

Providing a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out

Getting back on your feet is detrimental to leading a happy and healthy life. Project Understanding is structured to help people in need make it through tough times by assisting with Food, Lodging and Tutoring. Empowering yourself to be self-sufficient can be achieved with focus, work and understanding.

First Step Center


2734 Johnson Drive, Ste E
Ventura, CA 93003

Phone: (805) 652-1326

Hours of Operation:
9am to 1pm

Rachel Augustine

First Step Center

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Program Requirements (Intake Portion):

  • Proof of Identity (ID)
  • Proof of Income – last two check stubs, SSI/SSA/Disability award letter or bank statement if direct deposit, food stamps, unemployment stubs.
  • Proof of Address – rental agreement; if renting a room, letter from landlord
  • Proof of Dependents/custody – rental agreement (if listed on it), legal paperwork and awarding custody.
  • If Homeless, ID and mailing address