There are many ways to serve.
Thank you so much for your interest in helping those who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families. SPIRIT of Santa Paula is a unique non-profit corporation formed to serve our community in 2002 and there are many of ways you can help.
Our services range from serving a generous, nutritious hot meal each week for 600 people, assisting the community with rental assistance and utility payments. We serve as advocates in Homeless Court, counseling at the Drop In Center for homeless people, pastoral visits at the jail to working with parolees. We assist in the Homeless Count for Ventura County and we do food rescue, provide food pantries, and supervise USDA food distribution on Saturdays. SPIRIT also provides counseling and neighborhood mediation for all ages.
Many Meals: We serve about 600 meals each Wednesday from the Presbyterian Church at 121 Davis. The kitchen door is on the north side of the building. Cooking and preparation begins at noon and serving begins at 4:15 pm. Decide when you would like to serve and just show up, wash your hands and get ready to chop, dice, slice, mix or fix. We need special help for holiday meals. Just go to the north side of the church and enter the kitchen. You will receive instructions there.
FOOD Share: We go to FOOD Share on Tuesdays and Fridays. It takes some training and only those who are interested in doing this regularly should plan to work in this phase.
FOOD RESCUE: Every food service organization throws away food every day--some more than others. If you have a connection with any food service organization such as school cafeterias, restaurants, catering services please put me in touch. We know how to handle food safely and are Serve Safe Certified. Help stop the waste. Call Kay 805.340.5025.
Our Drop-in Center: is open on Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 2 pm. It is located at 1498 E. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula. Also located there is the food pantry, 15 refrigerators and freezers and our counseling center and library. We meet and greet people who are homeless. Many of the visitors just need a friend to help them connect with resources. They can check email or listen to the news and have a meal.
ONE STOP (Shower Pods) is a collaboration with us, El Buen Pastor Church and Ventura County Health Care Agency, including Health Care for the Homeless and Whole Person Care Programs and Las Islas Mobile Health Unit. This program supports basic hygiene and connects homeless individuals with services helping their long-term stability including mental health and alcohol and drug programs, benefits programs.
We also provide FREE mediation and counseling services by appointment. We need people to pray for us. The work is hard but the worth is beyond measure.
Email Kay Wilson-Bolton at Kay@spiritsp.org 805.340.5025. or Dawn Bavero at firstname.lastname@example.org 805.302.9939. Si Habla Espanol to Lupe Servin at 805.427.4750. LupeServin805@gmail.com
A Little Laundry for Our Homeless People On Fridays from 7:30 am to 9 am: Our beautiful volunteer, Carolyn, helps our homeless individuals with their laundry.
One Stop ID Card is required, 1183 E. Main Street, Santa Paula.