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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our 2nd grade religious school class paired with SPIN last year in a project to help the Homeless. Their coordinator, Kim Frazier, came to our school and explained SPIN's mission and how they help those less fortunate. Our class created our own crafts, which we sold and raised $300, which we then used to buy items for sock kits, and then we assembled these kits and donated them back to SPIN. It meant a lot to our class to be able to make a difference in our community, and we plan to repeat the experience this year!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at SPIN for 17 years. What a wonderful organization!!
We make 350 meals ever week to be given to the homeless. There are many more homeless now and they are grateful for a meal.
SPIN makes a big impact in our community.They have help many families stay together and find jobs and housing.
Many lives have been impacted in a life saving way by SPIN.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with SPIN for a number of years making sandwiches for the homeless. My husband and I have attended their annual fundraiser for many years and am always amazed, awed and moved to tears to hear the success stories of their clients. I know that giving my time and money to SPIN is well spent. The credit goes to the administrative staff who select clients that are willing to make changes in their lives. There are too many people needing help in our county. It takes a special talent to decide who will best benefit from the money and services that SPIN provides.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at SPIN for close to 20 years. I help deliver food and other necessities to the homeless. I have been on the board of directors of several non-profits over the years but the personal involvement of talking to and helping people in need on a regular basis has been the most rewarding experience of all. SPIN's good work goes far beyond serving those living in homeless shelters and on the street and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of what they do.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SPIN has been reaching out to the homeless in our county for over 20 years. I began volunteering when my adult children were toddlers - we would shop at Sams Club for food to take on the van to the homeless in parks, adopt families at Christmas, and prepare hygiene kits. I now offer support as a committee member to help plan the fund raising events. SPIN makes a huge difference in the lives of so many who find themselves homeless due to many reasons.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer my time to work with SPIN because I truly believe in what they are doing and know that is is an organization that really helps people. My sister died three years ago from alcoholic cirrosis of the liver at age 42. She was a brilliant and wonderful person but needed help to get her life together. I wish I had known about SPIN earlier but when I finally did learn about how SPIN helps people help themselves I knew it was an organization that I wanted to work with. SPIN's extremely dedicated staff members and volunteers go above and beyond to improve the lives of the disadvantaged. They really care and it shows.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with SPIN as a receptionist through a Senior Community Service Employment Program. I have been out of work about 2 years and was fortunate to be accepted to work with SPIN. I have never been exposed to a non-profit before this experience. I feel so privledged to be able to be associated with such a giving, caring and compassionate group of individuals. It has been a true eye opening experience what a difference this kind of organization can make in a community. I know that I will take this with me the rest of my life and always remember to give to others even when I have very little myself.