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Nonprofit Overview

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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Monique and I chose to be an intern at SPIN for 3 months. The staff there are all very friendly and dedicated to help homeless families any way they can. Every week SPIN has a street service program where sack meals are passed out to homeless persons living on the street in downtown Santa Ana. I was given the chance to help assemble the meals alongside dedicated volunteers who have helped SPIN for many years. SPIN makes a great difference in the lives of families in need find a home for a new start in life. It was a great experience to intern at SPIN. I would like to thank Kim, Nicole, Sharon, Ladeisha, and Jean for their work at SPIN.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently worked with SPIN for my school volunteer project and i loved it. I was able to pass out sack meals and hygiene kits to the homeless down in Santa Ana. it was something i have never done before and it really opened my eyes.
Thank you SPIN for giving me this opportunity.You guys do so much.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving People In Need is a organization that has had a direct impact in my life. I was fortunate enough to have had a internship at SPIN. I was able to witness first hand the large impact SPIN had on my community. SPIN provided many individuals and families with valuable services. Many families impacted by this organization were able to become self sufficient and obtain stable housing. The Street Service Program provided food for many individuals that would often go hungry. SPIN reached out to the most vulnerable homeless population in Orange County. I feel honored to have had the privilege to work with such a magnificent organization. They truly change lives and make the world a better place. Thank you SPIN!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently interning for SPIN and it has been a great experience so far! As Human Services majors, we are required to complete three internships at different sites; SPIN is the third site I've been with and definitely my favorite. The staff are super friendly and helpful, and pleasant to work with. In my opinion, they genuinely love what they are doing and are dedicated to helping their clients and all people who come into contact with the agency. I have a gained much knowledge and experience as the agency has provided me with a variety of opportunity--everything from working with and referring clients, to learning about functions and procedures in the office, and even hands-on work with "Street Services," we actually go out to meet and provide meals for the homeless. I plan to continue on with SPIN as a volunteer, even after my internship is complete.