Through the years HELP of Ojai has impacted the valley in many ways :
- 1974 – HELP filed incorporation papers and received its first federal grant from RSVP “Retired Senior Volunteer Program”.
- 1979 – HELP’s “Little House” location served its first hot meals for seniors and launched a number of new programs.
- 1982 – HELP launched 2nd Helpings Thrift Store which has proven to be a critical source of operating income for HELP’s programs.
- 1984 – HELP began to work on offering a senior day care center.
- 1997 – HELP began a partnership with the Ministerial Association to establish a clearinghouse for the homeless and nearly homeless community members.
- 2006 – HELP acquired the lease from the County of Ventura for the Baldwin Road West Campus. The plan for West Campus includes expansion of existing programs and development of new programs to continue to benefit the citizens of the Ojai Valley.
Today, more than10,000 individuals benefit annually from HELP programs and services. From rides for seniors to nutritional programs to adult daycare, youth educational opportunities and mentoring programs, to a highly esteemed Adopt-A-Family program that rallies the entire community during the holiday season, HELP has strategically and compassionately stood in the gap and managed to maintain a personal and caring touch along the way.
As we move onto new opportunities before us, we continue to be committed to the vision and evolving scope of a program that was founded on the hope of making a difference.
40 years later, making a difference
remains the central reason that
we do what we do to serve our community.