Serving People in Need, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 151 Kalmus Drive Suite H-2 Costa Mesa CA 92626 USA

Mission: SPIN''s mission is "To guide Orange County''s homeless and working poor to permanent housing, substance abuse recovery and self-sufficiency". 
Results: SPIN has had more than 13,000 volunteer hours donated to the organization in 2009 and assisted more than 5,400 individuals in 2009 to date.
Direct beneficiaries per year: SPIN placed 400 families and individuals in housing and provided food for 5,400 individuals in 2009..
Geographic areas served: Orange County, CA
Programs: Guided Assistance to Permanent Placement Housing Program (GAPP): Offers low-income and homeless families with children (one adult must be working full-time) move-in costs to permanent housing and mandatory, comprehensive case management lasting up to two years; including family advisors, tutors for children, childcare cost subsidies, personal and job counseling, referrals, budgeting skills, etc. All applicants must fill out an application and be interviewed for the program.  A credit report is run on the applicant which reveals far more than the credit score -- it also reveals a great deal about the client's history and what the case manager must work on with the client to clean up the wreakage of their past and whether they have been truthful about the past.  Honesty over the next two years will be very important.  Cleaning up that credit, improving the credit score, learning to budget and increasing job skills are critical to self-sufficiency.  SPIN provides individualized case plans, support services to address and enhance the case plan and to ensure the client is able to maintain his/her own housing and living costs at the end of the program.   

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the honor of working with SPIN through Agency Ingram Micro, helping to design some of their event collateral and have nothing but praise to share from my experience. The success and validity of the organization is greatly apparent through the many families that SPIN has helped in the OC community. Looking forward to working with SPIN for many more years to come!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an internship at SPIN for three months now and I am very proud to be a part of this non-profit. I have worked in the GAPP program along with the Street Services program, making sack meals and hygiene kits for the homeless. Everyone here is dedicated to providing these families with the stepping stones that they need in order to start a new life for themselves. SPIN works very hard and is very successful, which is proven by their 92% success rate. They are so helpful and caring and I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue working with them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For over 26 years SPIN has lived up to its name – Serving People in Need. I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors for this wonderful organization. Everyone associated with SPIN – its outstanding staff and dedicated volunteers - is focused on helping families return to self-sufficiency. SPIN doesn't judge - it offers a helping hand to those who for varying reasons have lost their homes - and often their hope. The long-term individualized case management and support services SPIN offers has resulted in 92% of our clients successfully completing the program with renewed self-esteem and the tools to continue rebuilding their lives.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am proud to be on the board of this wonderful organization. Helping people get off the street and into housing and a productive life is the primary focus of everyone connected with SPIN. We run a lean staff with minimal overhead but have had a tremendous impact in our community for 26 years. It is a home grown, grass roots organization where 92% of every dollar is directly benefited by our clients. We believe in giving people a hand up not a hand out and it works.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the fifteen years I have volunteered, I have seen how SPIN has provided many basic needs for those whose life has been difficult. Meals for the homeless, apartments and needed furnishing, counseling and encouragement that life will get better are all provided as part of their services.
SPIN is a great community resource!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hope. Hope for the homeless and needy that is what SPIN is all about. I have know about SPIN and their good works for many years but just recently am physically involved in helping on Thursdays making sandwiches for the homeless sacks. The people at SPIN are hard workers with great spirit and compassion for those in need. What I get back from helping SPIN can not be measured, for it is in giving that I receive.

E. Roeder

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have helped nonprofits for over 50 years and SPIN stands out as a unique charity because it truly helps people get-back-on-their feet and they do so frugally with almost 100% of the donated dollars going to helping people in need. Their involvement is immeasurable with caring professionals and an exemplary volunteer base. I'm truly honored to be involved with such a heartfelt and mission-focused group.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 years ago I lost my job of 20 years, coupled with the economy being in a bad recession I was unable to get a job, my 401k gone and our savings depleted we lost our home , with the little money we had left my wife, my two sons and I went to live to a cheap motel for a few weeks. It did not take much time before we we were living in our car. One day I decided to reach out for help and I went to many non-profit organizations in Orange County , I have never heard so many "NO" when I needed the most help,
But after a few days of searching I knocked on SPIN's door and my guardian Angel Annette Duncan welcome me in and accepted my family in their "Rapid Rehousing Program" , within days my family had a place to live and I got the opportunity to become self sufficient again and provide for my family.
We were homeless for more than a year and there is no doubt in my mind that we would still be homeless without SPIN's help.
I got a great job , my oldest son is back in college , my youngest is a 4.0 gpa honor HS senior student on his way to a major university with an academic scholarship.
Being a college educated man I had never thought that this could happened to my family, but thanks to the beautiful people at SPIN I was able to get back on my feet and be a provided for my family.
Madam Jean, Annette, Rosalyn and Kim: I love you all with all my heart, Thank you and God bless you.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Re: Thursday Night SPIN Truck

My Saturday morning church group are volunteer drivers for the SPIN truck on Thursday nights in Santa Ana California. We have had some unbelievable experiences with serving the Homeless and those that need food, a blanket, a smile and a welcoming handshake. Their necessity for these items drives us there. But, their warm "thank you" brings us back.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for SPIN,INC for over 10 years to make sandwiches once a week for the homeless. I also donate new underwear and socks and used clothes. SPIN is an organization that helps families get out of the cycle of being homeless.
SPIN,INC really does Serve People In Need.

JACK CREVIER

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