SPIRIT of Santa Paula serves the community in a variety of ways.
SPIRIT of Santa Paula is a non-profit public charity, 501c3, formed in 2002 by six local business people to do "good things" for the 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.
Now a hub for service providers. Serving 600 meals each Wednesday evening at First Presbyterian Church (121 Davis St, Santa Paula, CA, at 5pm to 6pm). Schools on Wheels, Mental Health with clinicians on site, Public Health (screenings, mammograms, TB testing, education on hydrating).
We provide FOOD RESCUE; every commercial food service organization throws away food every day. If you have a connection with any food service organization such as school cafeterias, restaurants, catering services, put us in touch. We have 15 commercial refrigerators and freezers and know how to handle food safely. We receive donations from FOOD Share for distribution at our Food Pantries and have USDA food distributions weekly. Click here for a list of food distribution sites and times.
SPIRIT provides counseling and neighborhood mediation for all ages.
We work with parolees in Homeless Court and in a re-entry program and provide pastoral visits to jail.
Rental & Utility Assistance
Aiding community members at risk of homelessness with rental assistance and utility payments.
Showers & Partnerships
One Stop (Showers, breakfast, lunch, healthcare ) is a collaboration with Spirit, El Buen Pastor Church (1029 E Santa Paula St, Santa Paula, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to Noon) 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.
Support Our Work
Your support can come through volunteering and/or donating. Spirit doesn’t charge for any of our services, Food Pantries or Many Meals so we do need and appreciate your support.
At our Drop-in Center (113 N. Mill at the Century 21 Everest Real Estate office from 9am-3pm), we meet and greet people who are homeless. Many visitors just need a friend to help them connect with resources. They can have a meal, check email, and will let County social workers and mental health clinicians help them make a plan.
Every day, someone finds us who needs rental or utility bill assistance, a baby crib, a car seat, new glasses, the co-payment for a prescription, food to get them by, a bed for aging parent, clothes and shoes, a bus ticket to the doctor, a meal, a cup of water, a refrigerator, blankets or household items. We rescue "throw away items".
We help parents with at-risk kids, sponsored outreach programs for kids in the park, the Police Clergy Council, and 12-step efforts.