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.
The OPCC network includes:
The Access Center, which provides basic services to an average of 275 homeless individuals each day
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
The k9 Connection, which bonds high-risk youth with shelter dogs as part of its mentoring and counseling efforts
Night Light Youth Outreach Services, which help homeless youth and runaways
Safe Haven, which aims to permanently transition chronically homeless individuals off the streets
Samoshel, which provides an array of services to homeless individuals
SHWASHLOCK, which stands for "SHowers, WASHers and LOCKers" and also provides basic services
Sojourn, which services battered women and children
Turning Point, a transitional-housing center that accommodates up to 55 individuals
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.
SHWASHLOCK provides basic services for homeless individuals who are in the process of becoming admitted into a…More shelter or securing housing and/or seeking long-term employment. The name of the project stands for "SHowers, WASHers and LOCKers."
While it originated in 1993, SHWASHLOCK became part of the OPCC network in September 2005.