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"Serving the Least Powerful and Most Vulnerable and Ending Homelessness in Santa Paula"

Meet Our Board

Dave Bavero

DPI Specially Foods, Santa Paula

Lupe Servin

Vice President

Century 21 Everest Real Estate, Santa Paula

Dawn Bavero

Vice President

Fruit Growers Lab, Inc., Santa Paula

Ned Branch

Director, Spirit's Financial Advisor

Blanchard Library Director, Santa Paula

Kay Wilson-Bolton

Director, Secretary,

Volunteer Program Director

Broker, Century 21 Everest Real Estate,

Santa Paula

W. John Kulwiec,
AIA Emeritus

Treasurer, Volunteer Project Director

Kulwiec Group Architects, Santa Paula

Susan Kulwiec

Spirit's Fund Development Director

Kulwiec Interiors, Santa Paula

Advisory Committee

Dr. William Simmons

Spirit's Futurist

IPrise Communications, Oxnard

Dana Jean Tomarken

Spirit's Development Advisory Board Member, Santa Paula


Howard Bolton

Advisory Board Member

H. Bolton Graphics, Santa Paula

Kay's Welcome Message


"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."

— John Wesley

We are a 501C3 non-profit corporation formed in 2002 by six local business people to do "good things" for our community.  Little did we know that finding a homeless man dead in one of our churches on Christmas Eve 2008 would launch us in a direction we never dreamed.


Our beliefs are Christian and our service areas are non-denominational and varied. They range from serving a generous, nutritious hot meal each week for 600 people to assisting the community with rental assistance and utility payments, advocacy in Homeless Court, counseling at the Drop In Center for people who are homeless, hungry and lonely. We are approved by Ventura County Sheriff's Department to provide pastoral visits to the jail, we work with parolees and lead the Homeless Count in Santa Paula. We are ServSafe Food Certified and adept at food rescue, food pantry services, USDA food distribution and counseling.  We have helped parents with at-risk kids, sponsored outreach programs for kids in the park, the Police Clergy Council, and 12-step efforts. We believe in linking arms with other service providers. We lend a hand to them and lean on them when necessary.  We try not to duplicate services and we work hard to communicate.


Every day someone finds us who needs rental or utility bill assistance, pet food (shots and licenses), a baby crib, a car seat, new glasses, the co-payment for a prescription, food to get them by, a bed for aging parent joining the home, bandages for homeless people with wounds, warm jackets, clean socks and newer shoes, a bus ticket to the doctor, a meal, a cup of water, a refrigerator, a new tire or battery, blankets or household items. We rescue "throw away items" and will pick up usable ones at no charge. There are nine part-time employees ranging from an E-Bay specialist to drivers, cooks and housekeepers.

We are called to serve everyone who needs help and love them along the way. We receive grant money through the United Way and FOOD Share is our best food partner, and the Ventura County Healthcare Agency is our partner in real "Whole Person Care"  with weekly showers, healthcare and services. As Volunteer Director, I also serve as Chaplain to Ventura County Fire Department and in touch with those in greatest need. 

Kay Wilson-Bolton, Director

Spirit of Santa Paula

NEW LOCATION: 1498 E. Harvard Blvd

Santa Paula, California 93061

Many Meals

121 Davis Street
Santa Paula, California 93060

Spirit of Santa Paula,

Site phone: 805.229.7750

Kay Wilson-Bolton, Director: Emergencies only: 805.340.5025


Si se habla español:

Lupe Servin


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