At Step Up Ventura, our goal is to provide services to children and families in need. That also means spreading the word about how our community can get involved and help us change the lives of homeless children.

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Mary Kerrigan speaks with MB Hanrahan about Step Up Ventura. The mission of Step Up Ventura is to provide therapeutic services and access to childcare and preschool for children ages zero to five who are affected by homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

Program for homeless preschoolers finds home in Ventura

The nonprofit Step Up Ventura teams up with Magic Carousel to give 15 homeless preschoolers a place to go during the week.

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Get ready for desserts galore at Step Up Ventura’s Decadent Dessert Harvest Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road in Ventura. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the County’s most vulnerable homeless population -- children ages 0 – 5.

This inaugural event for the organization will feature donated desserts and beverages from local businesses as well as a DJ, dancing, light hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Ticket prices start at $25 per person. Platinum Event Sponsors include James and Gunilla DeArkland, Silver Development & Associates, Charlotte & Piewacket, and Concours Motors, who are helping to underwrite the festivities. Businesses interested in sponsor opportunities or donations should contact Event Coordinator Jennifer Dawes at or (805) 665-3385.

Since 2016, Step Up Ventura, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has worked tirelessly to change the lives of homeless children by providing therapeutic services and access to childcare and preschool to help them connect, heal, and learn. The group also helps homeless families become self-sufficient by working to break the cycle of homelessness where it begins…. in early childhood.

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