Program Leaders & Staff

Our dedicated staff are helping to transform lives... one at a time.

Brandy Beesley

Executive Director

Tom Hilton

Vice President of Development

Maria Gonzalez

Tutoring Program Manager

Janine Dykstra

First Step Center & Pantry Manager

Fariborz "Hank" Koozehkanani

H2H Program Manager

Kristy King

SHORE Case Manager

Christine Rivas

MSW Intern

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!

Tenderlife Maternity Home Walk-a-thon 2017

Please join TenderLife Maternity Home on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for a WALK for our annual “Tenderlife Maternity Home Walk-A-Thon” Location:…

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2017 Hope Worth Giving Breakfast

Project Understanding of San Buenaventura is pleased to announce its 6th Annual Hope Worth Giving Breakfast which will be held…

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Shining Star Awards 2017

Enjoy the photo gallery from Shining Star Awards… This month Project Understanding will serve 1,300-1,500 neighbors in need. Because most…

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"When Santa Claus Dreams"

An Ode to Volunteers Santa Claus envies me, He dreams of riding in my van. All he drives is a…

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What would it feel like to help a needy family at Christmas or Hanukkah? There are so many families in need…

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