About Project Understanding

Through collaboration, we envision transformed lives and community as we assist people to reach their highest attainable level of independence.

Our Mission

Project Understanding provides hope by developing and directing resources for the purpose of transforming lives and community through justice, mercy and compassion.  The agency is founded on the ideals and principles of Judaism and Christianity.

Our History

Project Understanding had its beginnings more than a quarter of a century ago when the people of the faith community stepped forward to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Leadership and members of half a dozen congregations collaborated in their efforts to work towards helping the underserved in this community.

The agency was officially incorporated on July 7, 1977.

Project Understanding has initiated a number of programs that have since incorporated as separate agencies. Among these are FOOD Share (the county food bank) and the Ventura County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.

Project Understanding currently operates 7 programs.  As the needs of our community members shift, we strive to evolve and adapt our services and programs with the dynamic nature of those we serve and their needs.

Project Understanding is the faith based community’s response to those in need

Our Supporters

Many congregations and individuals support the work of Project Understanding through cash, in-kind donations and volunteer efforts.