Welcome To It Starts With Us, Inc.
Working together to end homelessness
It Starts With Us is committed to assisting the homeless with opportunity to prosper and engage. We seek out and accompany the most vulnerable unhoused individuals and families, advocating with them and creatively networking available resources to open up opportunities for housing and other critical services.
It Starts With Us, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, aims to strengthen the Nipomo and Northern Santa Barbara County community by gathering resources and referrals to support those who are classified at-risk, veterans, and those who are experiencing homelessness, and/or poverty. We want to positively impact the lives of others, both directly and indirectly by providing tools and resources for success.
The vision of It Starts With Us is for all of those that we serve to be given the opportunity to have access to affordable housing, healthcare, and employment so that they may have stability and resources to accomplish positive personal goals.
About the services we provide
Our day-to-day outreach activities start with meeting people where they are—geographically, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually—and working with them to form trusting relationships. From there, we help them navigate complex social services systems so they can obtain needed resources like:
• ID/Driver’s license
• Birth certificate
• Social Security Card
• EBT/SNAP benefits
• Camping supplies
• Mental & physical health care
• Substance abuse treatment
• Transitional and permanent housing
• Referrals to other programs
We go to those who need us. We work from our cars, at homeless camps, in hospitals, or anywhere else we find people struggling with homelessness.
We can help with Lompoc’s Tenant-Based Rental Assistance application process.
We can provide referral and resources for all other areas.
Fresh Start Furnishing Program
Our Fresh Start Program helps to furnish the homes of those who have been recently housed after an experience with homelessness.
Immediate & Emergency Needs
Our Immediate & Emergency Needs Program is designed to help those who are experiencing homelessness and/or poverty in the Nipomo and Northern Santa Barbara County area with limited funds to address their immediate and emergency needs. When funds allow, we can help with utilities, transportation, clothing, basic needs, emergency food, etc.
Note: No funds are given directly to the individual.
In-Kind Supportive Services
It Starts With Us receives in-kind support from many community members with things as clothing, shoes, hygiene items, food, and snacks. These items are then distributed to those in need throughout the community.
We assist our American Veterans with resources and referrals for affordable legal services, housing, medical, mental health services and more!
DONATE BY MAIL
C/O It Starts With Us, Inc.
110 S. Mary Ave., Ste 2-107
Nipomo, CA 93444
It Starts With Us, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.