Project Understanding undergoes changes, continues serving community

Although Project Understanding has recently undergone several organizational changes, including reducing staffing and program reevaluation, the 40-year-old nonprofit remains committed to serving the underserved and at-risk in the Ventura County community.

“We want to assure our donors as well as the community as a whole that all of our programs are still viable and actively serving local needs,” said Jann Huling, President of the Board of Directors.

Project Understanding continues to help move the homeless off the streets and into safe, permanent housing. Its Food Pantry serves over 1,200 people a month, and hundreds of children are being tutored every week at its tutoring centers.

Lately, the Tender Life program, which serves homeless pregnant women with safe housing and support services, has seen a significant drop in the number of clients. It is the Board’s responsibility to study the program as currently structured and determine if it still serves the needs of our community.

Major fundraising events like the Hope Worth Giving breakfast, held in March, and Starlight Supper Club, slated for this November, are still going strong.

Financial and donation support from the business community through events like these enables Project Understanding to help thousands of people each year.

Founded in 1977, Project Understanding provides hope by developing and directing resources for the purpose of transforming lives and community through justice, mercy and compassion. For 40 years, Project Understanding has been assisting people reach their highest attainable level of independence.

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