A Bridge to Permanent Housing
Since 1997, the RAIN Transitional Living Center (RAIN) has provided housing and services to families and single adults in Ventura County, California, to help with the transition from homelessness to permanent housing.
Serving up to 70 people at a time in a home-like setting in Camarillo, RAIN provides nutritious meals; intensive case management services; employment assistance including transportation to work; life skills courses on topics such as money management, parenting, and relapse prevention; and privately-funded enrichment programs for children.
A 2003 survey by the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalitions (VCHHC) revealed the following findings: the majority of homeless in Ventura County are women and children; the homeless population is growing – 51% were newly homeless (6 months or less); people are remaining homeless longer- 37% homeless 2 or more years compared to 28% in 2002; disabled people comprise 1/3 of the sheltered population; those sheltered are long time County residents –59% have lived locally for 10 years or more; and 34% were working at least part time but were not making a living wage. Rapidly growing housing rents have outpaced the growth in wages leaving more families, particularly single working mothers, behind.
Become a Partner in Transforming Lives
Homeless families and individuals working to make a new start in life need community support and comprehensive resources beyond the restrictions often attached to public funding. Therefore, RAIN Communities, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3), partners with the County of Ventura to provide funding for special programs at RAIN, including counseling, childcare, and fun activities for the children and their parents.
Half of RAIN’s residents are children. Field trips, gardening, arts, and other enrichment activities funded by RAIN Communities, Inc. are important parts of the RAIN program, helping children whose lives have been so difficult feel more like “regular kids.
To volunteer at RAIN (individual and group volunteer projects are welcome) please call RAIN Communities, Inc. at (805) 388-3148. You can also help by making tax-deductible in-kind, or financial donation that will help a RAIN resident make a new start in life. To make a secure online donation, please use the “Donate” button on the right.