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Serving People in Need, Inc.

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Housing Support, Human Services

Mission: SPIN''s mission is "Restoring Orange County's families and individuals in crisis to housing and permanent self-sufficiency through SPIN's long-term, proven case management and support services". 

Results: SPIN has had more than 11,000 volunteer hours donated to the organization.

Direct beneficiaries per year: SPIN placed 123 families (153 adults and 254 children) in housing and provided food for 18,000+ individuals

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.   

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother and I are very impressed with the overall concern of those who care of the less fortunate. My whole Family is pleased that we have a home and can now gather together. SPIN is an excellent organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Homeless and pregnant after being let go from a 5 year career as a Crude Oil Operator in Huntington Beach, I lost my townhome and all of my belongings. After two years of living in a homeless shelter, I was referred to SPIN with aspirations of a new beginning. My SPIN Case manager guided me on how to look for an apartment that was close to work and childcare, within my budget of what my low income would allow without failure. When I was approved for move-in at my complex, my SPIN Case manager came out to inspect the property for safety and suitability. SPIN paid for my deposit and first month of rental fees. SPIN filled my home with furniture and décor, knowing my needs they would put donations aside that brought tears to my eyes, replacing many things that I had lost. To follow up, I participated in workshops that encouraged me professionally to do more for my career. Monthly, SPIN filled my pantry with an abundance of food, this saved me hundreds of dollars every month. SPIN referred me to a nonprofit that worked with me to repair and improve my credit. My credit has been raised over 200 points in the past 12 months! My case manager held my hand when the doctor feared I may have breast cancer, checking in on me and being someone I could confide in while staying strong for my children.
SPIN received tickets by donation for Cirque de Soleil and I was able to take my children to their first circus, my first as well.
SPIN provided all new shirts and pajamas for my children for their first day of school!
By the many things that SPIN has done for me, to relieve the many stresses of maintaining a home and family, I was able to focus on work. I was hired and promoted within my first year of employment.

Working hard, and having the support of SPIN, I know I will never be alone and can someday help other women overcome homelessness.

Thank you to the many supporters of Serving People in Need, making the world a better place and providing hope to the Homeless in Orange County!

Adriana M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is an excellent organization, thank you very much for all you have done for us. I love you SPIN

Client Served

Rating: 4

I needed help with getting back on my feet, Spin helped my family and I get our apartment. Helped with the rent, some furniture and food. Couldn't be any more grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where does one begin?! SPIN is an agency that cares about each one of the families. They don’t only help you to be better and prevent homelessness. But they provide tools for micro management with budget and motivate you to do better . Myself and my boys are truly blessed to have had such a wonderful case manager Ladeshia and let me not forgot Chad who help me land the job with an employer who values my work. I could not thank the entire SPIN agency enough for all of your support.

Bianca Marlene M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

S.P.I.N is amazing!! They helped me out when I needed it the most. S.P.I.N saved my life. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be were I am at today. I was a single mother working two jobs just to make ends meet. I have a 3 year old daughter who always asked me. "Mommy when are we gonna go home." Thankful for S.P.I.N my daughter has a Home. My manager is amazing. Whatever I needed she was there to help. If I needed someone to talk to she was there. I forever will be thankful. I will always recommend this place for family who are in need of help. Don't give up!! S.P.I.N will do there best to help you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Single mother of 2 and was trying my hardest to get out of a motel where we had been staying for 2 years, although I had steady income it was hard to save living at the motel. Through SPIN they made it possible for my children and I to walk into an apartment we now call home. I can not thank all the staff at SPIN enough for their kind hearts and sincere ability to want to help out their community. They not only helped us get into an apartment, but they provided resources during the holidays, provided budgeting workshops and educated us on how to save and manage our money to make the dollar stretch. I am forever grateful for all that SPIN has done for not just myself but for my children, they have given my children more confidence and self worth knowing they aren't in a motel anymore and brought one of my sons dreams true which was to finally have a real Christmas tree for Christmas in his own home.

Kimberly O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Serving People in Need has been one of the greatest experiences! The staff here is very devoted to their mission and every volunteer learns something. I am happy to be volunteering for SPIN.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I and my family ended being homeless. My husband loss his job and I’m only working partime. And we can’t pay our rent so we ended being evicted. We don’t have any place to go. We used a hotel voucher from the county so we have place to stay and sleep because we have 3 children included a baby. After using all hotel voucher from the county me and my husband are really struggling financially. We apply for different affordable housing but because of a bad credit they always turn down our applications. We almost loss our hope but finally in GODS grace my husband find this organization “SPIN” they schedule us to do intake interviews and they don’t hesitate to help us. Right away they accept our applications. And our case manager Alejandra she’s been good to us and help us a lot. She even find the place for us that we can stay and we can call it home. They provide housing assistance for us. They provide food for my family. It’s amazing that this Organization help a lot of people including us, my family. And we’re praying to GOD that he will provide to them a lot of sponsors so they can continue what their doing. There organization is absolutely wonderful. They also provide a workshop for us to help us to get back to our feet. They also help my husband to get his certification HHA . And we would like to thank SPiN for everything you have done to my family. GODBLESS US

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Serving People In Need (SPIN) by a colleague about 10 years ago and have been a fan and supported ever since. They are a wonderful non-profit doing everything in their power to help the working poor in Orange County. They like to say 'SPIN gives them a hand-up, not just a hand-out'. I have been fortunate to hear several first hand success stories at SPIN's Annual Dinners; heart breaking and heart-warming at the same time.

In January, 2018 I was elected to the Board of Directors and have really enjoyed being more involved (albeit small in the scheme of things) for the non-profit. The board consists of compassionate, generous people, who like myself, really enjoy giving back and helping those less fortunate. Everyone leads busy, hectic lives, but we make time to do what we can. Since June, 2018 to date, we have served 295 adults and children - we focus on FAMILY. In 2017, we served a total of 516 adults and children...incredible!

I am humbled, honored and very rewarded to be a part of Serving People In Need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love SPIN and everything that it represents! As a volunteer for a number of years, I have experienced a tremendous amount of reward working with this group. I feel like I have not only made a difference in the lives of families across Orange County, but I have managed to change my life for the better in more ways than I could have imagined. The people, the mission, and overall experience with this team has been nothing short of amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so honored to be a volunteer with this wonderful organization helping homeless families with children in Orange County, CA. The SPIN staff works hard to maintain a relationship with the families they help, and has programs in place to make sure the correct steps are being taken to get back on their feet and stay there. They provide so many services to the homeless people in our community making several ways to get involved and give back. This is a much needed organization, and the people behind it are one of a kind!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for SPIN making brown bag lunches for the homeless for over 10 years. I have also participated in the winter coat drive and food pantry drive. I was on the Community Outreach Committee for the Assistance League of Newport/Mesa. This organization gave day care scholarships to the children of SPIN's clients. As you can see, I have seen many sides of what SPIN has done in our community. I am always impressed by this organization. The success rate of the people who come off the streets, work with SPIN's staff and become self sufficient is incredible. I have been a volunteer in some capacity since my teens and I can truly say that this organization is extraordinary.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with SPIN for many years. The law firm I work for has adopted families for Thanksgiving and Christmas for over 20 years. Jean and Kim and their staff are the most amazing people and have helped so many families. SPIN is more than a charity, the work they do is so important, they help families get back on their feet, emotionally and financially by providing support, training, housing and whatever is needed. I recently went to an event and one of their clients spoke so eloquently about the help she was given, it brought me to tears, SPIN helped her believe in herself again and she and her children are thriving. I am proud to be associated with SPIN, it is a selfless organization with a huge heart!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to have been a Case Manager at SPIN several years ago . I myself was a person who had been out of work for along time and through a County Program was assigned to SPIN . I was considered a Volunteer and remained one for over a year . I was then asked to become a employee . I worked with the Case Managers and other staff to assist their clients , over a few years I became a Case Manager . I was instrumental in helping families by finding homes for them , teaching them about nutrition , budgeting , self-esteem , and other tools to get them back into making their families secure. SPIN gave me the support and tools to accomplish my goals for my families. I became involved working with other agencies in the community . Again, always getting the support I needed . I have since retired and moved on but I still after over 3 years maintain a relationship with SPIN and some of my clients who are so grateful for all SPIN did to make their lives better for their families. I can truthfully say SPIN changed my life and the families I served . Annette (Duncan) Nicholson

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the office administrator for St. John Vianney Chapel and I have worked with SPIN for over 5 years. I help coordinate their Annual Christmas Wreath fundraiser with the Knights of Columbus. The money raised directly assists Orange County homeless families. I know that SPIN has a 98% success rate in helping these families move into their own housing and become self-sufficient. I cannot rate them highly enough (even with five stars)!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mater Dei High School has worked with SPIN for more than 10 years. We support SPIN by providing cookies for the 350 weekly sack lunches distributed via the Street Services Program as well as stocking the food pantry following our annual Thanksgiving Outreach food drive.
SPIN provides multiple volunteer opportunities for our students to serve our brothers and sisters in need. We are dedicated to SPIN and their programs and look forward to partner with them as they implement their mission to the people in need in Orange County.

Board Member

Rating: 5

SPIN Orange County provides the right kind of helping hand. The Board is committed to helping families help themselves and get on the road to self sufficiency.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been making sack lunches with S.P.I.N. for several years and am so proud to be part of such a caring and giving charity. Kim Frazier is a delightful and thoughtful lady and attends to details to make good things happen to get the appropriate housing, clothing, etc. for the family in need. God has sent his abundance through parishioner contributions to S.P.I.N. when the government couldn't help us a few years ago. This charity seems to attract some of the nicest and most giving people I've ever met.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for SPIN. They are a great organization helping the homeless and working poor in Orange County. They focus on giving people a hand up - not a hand out. I have spent time with them raising funds to help support all of their efforts around eduction, housing, and feeding the homeless. Those employed by this wonderful organization, especially Jean and Kim, work tirelessly to accomplish their goals funneling over 90% of the funds raised back into the Charity. They are amazing!