Our Place Safe Haven

Our Place Safe Haven is the first stop on the road to recovery for mental health issues & homelessness. Located at 536 E. Thompson, 805-652-2151, this 10 bed shelter provides a safe place to live where basic needs are met & the most vulnerable receive mental health treatment, assistance establishing a stable source of income, & help obtaining transitional housing with the goal of permanent housing.  Drop in services include hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, phone messages and mail delivery and case management.

Our Homeless to Home & Community Outreach programs run out of Our Place Safe Haven as does our Health Navigator Program.  There are four main goals of the Health Navigation program:

  1. Clients complete a health assessment;
  2. Clients are cleared of Tuberculosis;
  3. Clients are connected with a Primary Care Physician;

These actions resulted in a 50% Reduction in Emergency Health Services from the 12 months prior to receiving Health Navigation.

Turning Point Foundation’s Street Outreach Program showed Veterans were over 20% of the homeless population & 30% of those were suffering from mental illness. Turning Point felt compelled to take action & expanded our programs to address the needs of our veterans bringing together all the social services in Ventura County creating a safety net of support for those that have given so much. We remodeled a building for the Veteran’s Transitional Housing which opened in 2015.

River Haven Transitional Housing

The most unique and inspiring story
10 years ago, Turning Point Foundation took a group of people living along the river bottom in tents and started them on the path to hope and the promise of better things to come:

A new beginning at River Haven

If you haven’t been there, you have never seen anything like this! It’s a self-governing community of formerly-homeless people, who now live in cleverly-designed Geodesic domes. Funded by your donations to Turning Point Foundation, an organization that helps the mentally ill, homeless and veterans, River Haven has been helping homeless people turn their lives around for ten years now. You have a chance to see how people live in community and to learn more about how Turning Point is helping 1,000 people throughout Ventura County to live more fulfilling and productive lives. It’s near the corner of Los Olivos and harbor. Call to Suki Sir to set up a tour, 805-652-0000 x 108!

Permanent Supported Housing

Permanent Supported Housing provides permanent supported housing for persons who were homeless and mentally ill.

These permanent housing programs are designed to assist residents in developing community living skills, increasing community integration and achieving permanent residential stability.

Most of these facilities are safe, secure, and affordable, located near transportation or in a mixed commercial and residential neighborhood, close to community resources and services. A house manager lives on site. Life skills and mental health services are provided by the case manager. Resident needs are assessed and a Housing Stability and Supportive Services Plans are created. Weekly house meetings are conducted to address shared living concerns. Our residents are expected to be involved in at least 20 hours of productive community activities and encouraged to utilize mainstream resources to become more engaged in community activities. In addition to receiving primary mental health treatment through Ventura County Behavioral Health, residents may also attend nearby programs at Turning Point’s Oxnard Clubhouse for rehabilitation services or the TPF Wellness Center for peer support services. Turning Point’s Quality of Life Program is in Villa Calleguas.

Wooley House – 15 single room occupancy units in Oxnard
Stephenson Place – 10 single room occupancy units upstairs from Our Place Safe Haven
Villa Calleguas – 24 one bedroom apartments in Camarillo

Contact Information

Manuel Minjares
Housing Director
805-652-0000 x 102