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People Helping People (PHP) is the primary provider of human and social services in mid Santa Barbara County. Incorporated in 1992, PHP is “dedicated to improving the lives of men, women, and children in the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos, and surrounding communities by addressing emergency and basic needs, furnishing comprehensive integrated family and individual support services, and acting as a catalyst for positive community change.”

PHP has grown from a single program, food and emergency services, into a unique highly effective and efficient multi-program organization with a comprehensive system of services promoting self-sufficiency. Overhead is extremely low at less than 10% while outcomes are extraordinary. Services for infants, children, and adults are integrated into a “one stop shop” with multiple neighborhood access points (Family Resource Centers) located at schools throughout the Santa Ynez and Los Alamos Valleys.

Programs include:

Basic Needs – Food Distribution, Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing, Utility and Transportation Assistance.
Healthcare – Community Healthcare Access, Children and Adult Dental Funds, Behavioral (Mental Health) Wellness and Counseling, and Insurance Enrollment.
Youth Programs – Youth Coalition (Drug Free Youth), High School Student Mentoring, Generation Kindness & Drug Free Clubs, and Student Life Skills Education.
Family Support – Domestic Violence Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention, Parent Education, Advocacy, Family Strengthening, and Christmas Fulfill-A-Wish.

Sponsor donations support PHP’s programs to feed the hungry with over 277,000 pounds of groceries each year; provide shelter to prevent homelessness; prevent domestic violence; furnish counseling, medical and dental care for the uninsured; and a program for high school youth including homework assistance, recreational activities, and leadership opportunities.