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Ventura County St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Ventura families can receive help from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The charity has a goal of ending poverty across the nation and in southern California. So to that end a number of programs are offered to the low income, homeless, disadvantaged, and senior citizens of Ventura County. Some example of the services offered can include family housing, food, homeless shelters, prisoner resettlement programs, and other social services and low income programs.

While some short term aid is offered, the Society also tries to provide more than just this crisis type assistance. Case managers and volunteers try to provide clients with long-term, positive changes that support the whole person and will help people gain self-sufficiency.

Housing assistance is available. This can include access to shelter, transitional housing and eviction prevention resources. A primary objective is to try to prevent, if not eliminate, homelessness in the community. Or for people who need a place to stay, social workers will try to help people get resettled.

Prevention and intervention on housing issues is administered. This includes landlord/tenant mediation and emergency rental funds.

Employment and education assistance is key to increasing your income and therefore gaining self-sufficiency. Every family needs to have a job that provides them enough income to pay their rent, food, or energy bills. So Saint Vincent works with local employers and non-profits in Ventura California in an effort to help the unemployed and people who work part time.

Health care and mental health support as well as referrals are offered to clinics and medical providers in southern California.

Community engagement is a key. Ending poverty involves many private parties and government agencies, so St. Vincent De Pail will advocate with anyone who can help.

The Men Advancement Program provides males with transitional housing, clothing and living opportunities. It includes case management services. All of this is offered in an effort to provide support and direction in an effort to help men find more permanent housing.




St. Vincent focuses on the working poor who are unable to save enough money without assistance. This program will assist with locating and maintain housing. Clients can participate in services including a structured means of saving and goal-setting that includes educational and vocational goals. Individuals will be assigned to weekly case management sessions, job training, group meetings, and ongoing counseling.

A number of community services offer support to assist low income families and individuals in meeting basic needs. This can include helping obtain housing, employment, providing food, and satisfy their educational goals. The Society of Saint Vincent community center provides services created to enhance an individual’s capacity toward positive change. Some of the other programs offered at the community center include:

  • Health care and mental health.
  • Food, nutrition, exercise, awareness, etc.
  • Women and men social issues
  • Free or low cost legal clinics for immigration and other civil matters.
  • Financial literacy and credit counseling.
  • Housing resources including a monthly housing fair, tenant/owner rights and responsibilities.
  • Adult education and employment, including computer labs.
  • Small business development.
  • Get access to case management, advice, and other support.

St. Vincent and the Ventura County Shelter is available during the winter. The charity runs a winter shelter in Ventura and Oxnard California from December first to March 31 each year. It was established in an effort to warm and protect individuals who may be living on the streets in the rainy and cold winter months. It provides basic support to individuals on a nightly basis with hot meals and a bed.

The shelter and its volunteers/staff also provide transportation. Other assistance includes general intake, dinner; showers; case-management and referral services; cots or air mattresses for sleeping; blankets that are assigned to each client and laundered weekly; transportation to a drop-off site; and a light breakfast.

The Society of Saint Vincent also works with community groups to provide a health van and medical care to the disadvantaged. Other supportive services are offered to clients at the shelters. Call 213-229-9963.





Family Housing Programs can help prevent and end homelessness among families with children in Ventura County. This includes Permanent Supportive and Transitional Housing. The concept used is the Housing First approach which seeks to house and keep homeless people in permanent housing (such as an apartment) while also providing other supportive services to increase their independence. Once someone is housed, homeless prevention is available too.

St. Vincent churches in Ventura County

Blessed Junipero Sierra, Camarillo
Mary Star of the Sea, Oxnard, phone number is (805) 486-6133
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Oxnard, dial (805) 483-0987
Our Lady of the Assumption, Ventura, (805) 642-7966
Sacred Heart, Ventura
Santa Clara, Oxnard, (805) 487-3891
St. Anthony, Oxnard, call (805) 486-7301
St. Francis of Assisi, Fillmore, main number is (805) 524-1306
St. Mary Magdalen, Camarillo, telephone (805) 484-0532
St. Maximilian Kolbe, Westlake, (818) 991-3915
Village St. Paschal Baylon, Thousand Oaks, call (805) 495-9340 for intake
St. Rose of Lima, Simi Valley, (805) 526-5304
St. Sebastian, Santa Paula, (805) 525-2149
St. Thomas Aquinas, Ojai. Call (805) 646-4338 for assistance.

By Jon McNamara

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