To the immediate north of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the Santa Monica Civic Center is the site of a…More major redevelopment effort by the city. An 11.3-acre portion of the property was purchased by the Rand Corportation, across 4th Street to the west.</p>
<p>The Civic Center Specific Plan, which was adopted on June 28, 2005, encompasses the area bordered by Pico Boulevard, 4th Street, Ocean Ave. and Colorado Avenue. The area will become, after the decades-long redevelopment, a locus for community gatherings and major civic events.</p>
SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center 606 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA90401 The SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center is a local center promoting the study and practice of Nichiren…More Buddhism. The SGI (Soka Gakkai International) organization's USA branch includes over 100 resource centers and thousands of discussion groups. The SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center offers a variety of study resources including a library, groups and activities, guest speakers, guidance from leaders and more. The organization welcomes men, women and youth. It is based on a culture of peace and the sanctity of life. In-depth materials regarding the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism and the SGI-USA programs an be found at the center or on its website.
Homeless individuals and in-need families who are seeking help in Santa Monica are directed to start at the Access…More Center. Formerly known as the Drop-In Center, it serves about 275 people each day and provides essentials such as food and clothing.</p>
<p>In addition to providing essential services - including restroom facilities - the Access Center also works with individuals to develop an empowering plan that will lead them to a stable, self-sufficient life.</p>
<p>The Access Center is part of the OPCC network.</p>
This expansive location of Salvation Army in Santa Monica includes an adult rehabilitation center, a thrift store and…More an accompanying boutique.</p>
<p>The boutique features items of better quality, priced slightly higher than ones available in the thrift store. The Salvation Army has served Southern California for more than 120 years. There is a donation drop-off center at this center as well.</p>
Campion 1453 16th St, Santa Monica, CA90404 Campion provides mental-health services to homeless and low-income youth and adults who are involved in the…More OPCC network. The center treats individuals and families who are suffering from poverty, mental illness, domestic violence, depression, anxiety and relationship challenges. Campion's programs include playroom therapy, support groups, trauma-recovery groups, victims of crime enrollment assistance and youth-outreach counseling.
Stitching Is An Art 3316 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA90405 Stitching Is An Art is a non-profit knitting, crocheting, and quilting organization that sends handmade items that…More include clothing, blankets, and and other handmade items to premature babies all across the nation. This organization is also a senior center and gathering post for community minded Santa Monica residents who want to help. The organization asks that if you are able, please donate to the organization. Your generous donation helps to cover the cost of mailing the clothing to the hospitals and charities they help throughout the United States.
Upward Bound House 1104 Washington Ave, Santa Monica, CA90403 This is the headquaters for the Upward Bound House, a social hand up organization and community-based…More in Santa Monica California. This organization is funded as a nonprofit agency. It was established in 1991 to help mitigate the affordable housing crisis in LA county and the centeral Santa Monica area. This organization helps the homeless families with children and very low-income seniors. The mission of the house is to help families and seniors during a transitional housing process.
Night Light 1453 16th St, Santa Monica, CA90404 Night Light is an outreach project that helps Santa Monica-area runaway and homeless youth, including those who are in…More danger of being subjected to sexual abuse and/or exploitation. Unlike many other OPCC projects, Night Light is a mobile operation. Via van, the staff visits the troubled youth in their gathering spots. On location, the staff delivers food, clothing and other essentials, conducts case management and support and provides emergency transport to shelters, medical centers and mental-health counseling operations.
Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club 1210 4th St, Santa Monica, CA90401 In 1914, the large building that houses the SMB Woman's Club was created in the hopes of giving local women a home away…More from home to gather and chat. The same is true today, but the group has taken on a multitude of extra functions after over 105 years as a club. Working with a number of charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, Heal the Bay, the Rape Treatment Center and the Santa Monica Firefighters' Association, the club organizes events like bake sales and benefit parties to raise funds. Additionally, members enjoy bridge games, luncheons and the like. There is also an arts department that puts on plays and organizes art galleries. Although membership has decreased from its high of 700 members during the 1950s, club leaders don't mind; this is almost exclusively due to the rise of women in the workplace. The 250-capacity ballroom is available for rental.
Located within the Mark Taper Foundation Building, OPCC - formerly called the Ocean Park Community Center - is a…More nonprofit network of shelters and services geared toward individuals who are homeless or have low-income status. The organization is critical to many social-outreach efforts in the City of Santa Monica.</p>
<p>The OPCC network includes:</p>
<li>The Access Center, which provides basic services to an average of 275 homeless individuals each day</li>
<li>The Campion Mental Health Center and Daybreak, the only program on the Westside of Los Angeles that is specifically tailored to helping homeless women who suffer from long-term debilitating mental illness</li>
<li>The k9 Connection, which bonds high-risk youth with shelter dogs as part of its mentoring and counseling efforts</li>
<li>Night Light Youth Outreach Services, which help homeless youth and runaways</li>
<li>Safe Haven, which aims to permanently transition chronically homeless individuals off the streets</li>
<li>Samoshel, which provides an array of services to homeless individuals</li>
<li>SHWASHLOCK, which stands for "SHowers, WASHers and LOCKers" and also provides basic services</li>
<li>Sojourn, which services battered women and children</li>
<li>Turning Point, a transitional-housing center that accommodates up to 55 individuals</li>
<p>All residential programs operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People who seek services at OPCC range from children and families to battered women to those suffering from a mental illnesses. With the economic downturn, people who face home foreclosures, job loss and exorbitant medical bills are also seeking services through the network. OPCC provides short-term services such as clothing and showers as well as long-term services such as case-management and outreach.</p>