Understanding Hunger and Homelessness

12% of Ventura County’s child population is in poverty.

66% of those eligible for the food stamp programs are not served.

It is estimated there are more than 1,400 homeless people in Ventura County.

The cities of Oxnard and Ventura account for two thirds of the homeless population in Ventura County.

More than half of the homeless population has a chronic illness.

The leading cause of chronic homelessness is alcohol or drug abuse.



A changed life often begins with a hot meal. Whether it’s a hot meal or a safe place to stay the night, the mission is a refuge for


The mission is a place to get better. Men and women who graduate from our residential life recovery programs develop the skills necessary to lead healthy, productive lives.


Many who have come to the mission lost all they had. They lost jobs, homes, relationships, their health, their reputation, and their hope. We help them gain back