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 all men, women, and children in the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos Valley and adjacent communities by addressing emergency and basic needs, furnishing comprehensive integrated family and 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 multi-program organization which has developed a comprehensive system of care. Services for infants, children, and adults are integrated into a “one stop” shop with multiple access points (Family Resource Centers) located throughout the Santa Ynez and Los Alamos Valleys at neighborhood schools. This system minimizes costs, especially overhead and maximizes getting help to those who need it.

Major programs include Food, Homelessness Prevention, Healthcare Access, Children’s and Adult (Seniors) Dental Funds, Mental Health Wellness Counseling, Los Alamos After-School Youth Program, Youth (Drug-Free Prevention) Coalition, High School Student Mentoring, Life Skills Training (Junior High), Family Strengthening, Domestic Violence Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention, Parent Education, Advocacy, and Christmas Fulfill-A-Wish.

PHP operates under the direction of a 21 member community based Board of Directors. The longest serving Director has a tenure of 23 years. PHP’s current annual operating budget is $2.1 million and PHP currently employs 22 full and part-time staff. Last year, PHP served 3,900 unduplicated clients with audited overhead costs of 7.8%.

Sponsor donations support PHP’s programs to feed the hungry with over 260,000 pounds of groceries each year, provide shelter to prevent homelessness, prevent domestic violence and child abuse, furnish counseling, medical and dental care for the uninsured, and o er after school and mentoring services to at risk teens in Los Alamos and at Santa Ynez High School respectively.