What Does a “Hand Up” Look Like?

• Project Understanding helps the homeless get housed and safe.
• We keep at-risk individuals and families housed and fed.
• We tutor hundreds of disadvantaged children every week to bend the arc of their future.

We accomplish this by focusing on three essential services, which are essential to leading a stable life, Food, Housing and Tutoring. If you are in need of help to get back on your feet, contact our First Step Center to get started.



The Food Pantry  provides groceries once a month to families whose budget cannot support the purchase of their own. Donations may include in-kind, non-perishables, fresh vegetables and fruits and $$’s designated for food. Most food contained on the shelves is purchased from Food Share.


SHORE  (Supportive Housing Opportunities In A Residential Environment) – The goal of this program is to assist those who desire to end their homelessness. SHORE at the WAV is Case Management of previously homeless families and individuals in permanent, supportive housing apartments subsidized by Section 8 funds.

Homeless to Home (H2H) – 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 safe housing and support services that promote self-sufficiency.


Tutoring Centers – Provide extra classroom instruction for students grades K-5 with volunteer tutors in one-to-one interaction.  Students are recommended by their instructors. Project Understanding currently has 11 tutoring centers in western Ventura County—in El Rio, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Saticoy and Ventura.


If you need assistance with any of the above programs, please contact us to get started.
The first step in getting help from Project Understanding is to contact the First Step Center. Once you contact us, a representative will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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