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Lending a Hand 24/7

Each year, more than 24,000 Ventura County residents reach out for help from Interface Children & Family Services—and they get it.

Some are single parents or seniors seeking basic needs, such as food, medical assistance and affordable housing.

Some are teens who’ve run away from abuse at home or parents seeking advice and guidance about how to regain peace in their family.

Some are women who have suffered a beating at the hands of someone they once loved and trusted and need a safe place to heal and restart their lives.

“Interface is a critical safety net for individuals and families in our region, providing 24/7 response and 28 distinct programs across six major program areas, including mental health; youth services; family violence intervention, shelter and prevention; justice involved services; 2-1-1 information and referral helpline; and statewide training,” said Erik Sternad, executive director. “For more than 40 years we have provided innovative solutions that strengthen children and families, and our magnificent community, to be safe, healthy and thriving.”

In its early years, Interface opened a domestic violence shelter in Ventura County (one of the first in California) and later launched the first local 2-1-1 information and referral helpline in California. More recently, they opened the only emergency rescue shelter for runaway and homeless youth with a 95% rate of safe return to a stable home within an average of 11 days.

“For me, Interface was a place of refuge,” explains a 17 year-old homeless youth found living in a local park.

Interface not only steps in when crisis occurs, but provides many programs that prevent crises from occurring in the first place. In February, Interface began educating parents of teens on dating violence in Ventura County and adjacent communities. No other program addresses this vital topic. Interface also offers the My Body Belongs to Me Child Abuse program to young children, parents and educators, and Teen Dating Violence Prevention programs to pre-teens and teens at 100 local grade, middle and high schools, serving 9,000 students annually. These model programs help prevent the devastating effects of trauma caused by domestic abuse and are essential to breaking the cycle of violence that often starts at home and is repeated over generations.

Interface provides direct services throughout Ventura County and has office locations in Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks and Calabasas.

Contact Interface at 805.485.6114 or dial 2-1-1 for a call specialist who can provide access to help with any health and human service need in the region. Find out more at ICFS.org.