Meet the Sandoval family, two of their four boys and a shelter guest on the right who bombed this photo. Through Harvard's successful case management by Sabrianna Marrufo and partnerships with Santa Paula Housing Authority, Continuum of Care, and the United Way Landlord Engagement program,
this working family is now in their own four-bedroom apartment.
Our goal is to prevent and end homelessness! Our commitment began on
Christmas eve morning in 2008 when we learned a Santa Paula man who was experiencing homelessness died overnight while hiding in one of our churches.
Today, we serve the Santa Clara River Valley with shelter, food,
many resources, and case management.
We work in partnership with the cities of Santa Paula and Fillmore, the County of Ventura, Continuum of Care, Food Share, Waste Free Ventura County,
Behavioral Health and State of California CalRecycle.
HARVARD FAMILY SHELTER
Our goal is to prevent and end homelessness
by providing a safety net for people who
need a hand up.
This is the most difficult part of our
work. Living on the street becomes normal, and if substance abuse is
part of their life, everything is more
complicated. They lose their important documents, their phone, and miss appointments. They regularly change phone numbers and everyone loses contact with them. We go where they
are and, with time, the goal is to
register them in the Homeless Management Information System to track their progress and needs.
Because so many kids live at
Harvard, we try to make life at the shelter seem normal. As a result, they regard Harvard as their home.
Tailored activites are arranged and trust groups come to Harvard to provide various activities including crafts, tutoring and inspiring conversations. Harvard Shelter is a better place because of the kids. Parents separated from their own kids share in their care and nurture--and the kids have each other to entertain.
Thanks to a grant from CalRecyle, State of California, we became pros at rescuing food.
We have two refrigerated vans and travel throughout the County on a daily basis to visit various grocery stores and food outlets including Amazon, Costco, Trader Joe's and many other stores.
As a result, we distribute 1 million lbs of food each year to our community and our shelter food budget is at zero.
We are an efficient operation and do a lot with a little.
Harvard Shelter is for families experiencing homelessness
in the Santa Clara River Valley of
Ventura County CA.
Get to Know Us!
Harvard Shelter is a place where families find hope and kids shine.
SPIRIT of Santa Paula has been serving the least powerful and most vulnerable in the Santa Clara Valley since 2002. It provides 49 beds year-round, 175 meals a day to shelter guests and people on the streets. We provide case management to help people get back on their feet and find permanent supportive housing. One Stop provides medical services and showers to neighbors experiencing homelessness in the Santa Clara River Valley. We distribute 2 million pounds of food each year to people who are food insecure.
This gives our shelter a zero-food budget and cruise-quality meals.
We have the highest Platinum Rating with GuideStar for fiscal transparency and board responsibility.
Needs of the Week
We appreciate your generous contribution and every little bit goes a long way.
White T - shirts (new preferred)
Pillowcases, zippered and moisture proof
New men's or women's underwear
Donations of Funds
Gasoline for the vehicles
Help If You Can
Our biggest need today is funding for July, August and September.
Please help if you can.