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Serving People in Need, Inc.

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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.