Help for the Homeless

We help you team up with churches and agencies who serve the homeless.

ACTION coordinates with a number of different ministries and agencies to help serve the homeless population and under-resourced families. Besides helping to provide basic needs such as food and clothing, this ministry also seeks to expand the supply of available housing-shelter for those in need. Contact Rachelle Melia at the ACTION office to participate in this ministry.

Ministry to the Homeless and Under-resourced Families

Participating Ministries

  • Catholic Charities
  • Dove Ministries, Oxnard
  • Harbor Community Church, Ventura
  • Lutheran Social Services
    • Circles Program
  • Mercy Ministries, Oxnard

Ongoing Ministry Opportunities

Lutheran Social Services Circles Initiative

Every Tuesday Evening, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

This weekly program designed to help participants break the chain of poverty and reach self-sufficiency is located at the Christian Church of Thousand Oaks. This program needs volunteers willing to commit to mentor and encourage participants in an ongoing relationship. An application and training are needed to serve. Additional volunteers are needed to help with child care and the preparation and serving of food for the evening meetings. Lutheran Social Services oversees this new and exciting ministry. For more details or to participate in this ministry, please contact the ACTION Ministry Center or Lutheran Social Services directly.

Lutheran Social Services contact info:

  • Kristen Youngman, 805-497-6207 Cell: 805-244-6883

Oxnard Park Ministry

Every Saturday, 9:00am

Similar to the MacArthur Park ministry, this weekly outreach to the poor is located in Oxnard Community Park. World for Christ oversees this wonderful community outreach ministry. Each Saturday morning at 9:00AM, volunteers representing churches all over West Ventura county come together to feed, clothe and give the word of God to those in extreme need. For more details or to participate in this ministry, please contact the ACTION Ministry Center.

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World for Christ contact info:

  • Joseph Carrillo, 805-795-0028
  • Winston Sanders, 805-765-5793
  • General contact | Prayer hotline

El Rio Food Pantry & Tutoring Center

Every Saturday, 8:00am-1:00pm

We serve the people of El Rio and Nyeland Acres (unincorporated sections of Oxnard) each Saturday. We operate under the direction of Mercy Ministries International and are hosted by Bethany Chapel, Assembly of God Church in El Rio. We provide food for approximately 40 families weekly. You can volunteer to help box up the food in the morning or help us love our neighbors when they arrive from 10am to 1pm. Spanish and Mixtecan language proficiency is appreciated.


  • Paul Janowski 805.427.1181
  • Mercy Ministries International