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Serving People in Need, Inc.

 151 Kalmus Drive, #H-2
 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
[P] (714) 751-1101
[F] (714) 751-3332
[email protected]
Jean Wegener
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Organization DBA SPIN, Serving People In Need, Inc.
Former Names Street People In Need (1987)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0329687 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

SPIN's mission is "Restoring Orange County's homeless families and individuals in crisis to housing and permanent self-sufficiency through SPIN's long-term, proven case management and support services."

Mission Statement

SPIN's mission is "Restoring Orange County's homeless families and individuals in crisis to housing and permanent self-sufficiency through SPIN's long-term, proven case management and support services."

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,468,924.00
Projected Revenue $1,518,934.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • GAPP Housing Program
  • Street Services

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Mission Statement

SPIN's mission is "Restoring Orange County's homeless families and individuals in crisis to housing and permanent self-sufficiency through SPIN's long-term, proven case management and support services."

Background Statement

SPIN was founded in 1987 by a gentleman who was incensed over the treatment of the homeless in his city and lack of services for this growing population and determined to do something about it. He and six friends took sack meals to the homeless on the streets for two years and asked them what had brought them to this situation.  From their responses, "I couldn't pay the rent and a medical bill,so I was evicted" or "I am a substance abuser and lost everything", they decided to form a nonprofit to address these needs, SPIN, in 1989. Two years later, in 1991, the two main housing programs, accompanied by extensive supportive services and case management designed to address the considered factors of the client's homelessness were founded.  

Impact Statement

In 2018, SPIN served 158 families, (196 adults and 345 children). In an independent study conducted through the County of 42 Orange County nonprofits and 108 housing programs and based on 3-years financial and client data, the study found that 92% of SPIN’s clients remained in permanent housing. SPIN was also chosen by United Way of Orange County as one of only five agencies to help it achieve its FACES 2024 housing goals, i.e. to cut the number of Orange County’s homeless families in half by 2024. SPIN has forged strong relationships with managers and landlords throughout the County and in turn, encouraged the private landlords to give our prospective clients a chance despite poor credit scores and possible past evictions. SPIN has also been effective in fulfilling its goals by forging strong partnerships in the community which provide additional services such as legal assistance for child support, professional counseling at a reduced fee, job development, etc., to our clients at reduced fees.

Needs Statement

SPIN's greatest funding needs are:
1) Funding to acquire its own housing for its clients
2) Unrestricted funds to meet the needs of potential clients that "just miss" the definition of homeless in government grants, but desperately need help in today's economic conditions and who have worked their entire lives, but don't know "the system".  With a little assistance they stand a chance of not slipping into the abyss of homelessness.
3. Foundation grants to help single women and seniors.

CEO Statement

SPIN is a Costa Mesa based nonprofit organization founded in 1987 by a group of community members who had a goal of providing access to housing for Orange County's homeless families with children and to providing basic needs to homeless individuals.  The agency has continued to grow through the numbers it serves and in its partnership with other agencies. SPIN is proud to have been asked in 2017 to be the housing partner with the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living. That same year, SPIN successfully housed 152 homeless families, 92% of whom remain housed today and provided more than 18,000 meals to homeless individuals. SPIN is an active member of the Family Solutions Collaborative, which is comprised of 18 agencies working together to end homelessness by 2020.

Board Chair Statement

SPIN is a non profit organization that has had a tremendous impact on hundreds of lives.  Members of the Board have witnessed lives transformed and clients re-entering the community and working in corporations located throughout Orange County.  We have been privileged to see formerly homeless families work hard and be able to become self-sufficient because of the hard work of our case managers and staff.  The Board and staff have been thrilled to see that as the adults have thrived, so too have their children.  

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donors can support SPIN by donating through their website, phone or check. Volunteer opportunities include: fundraising, office receptionist, kitchen assembly of weekly sack meals, workshop speaker, corporate sponsorship, etc.

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
South Orange County
West Orange County

 All of Orange County, California.

Organization Categories

  1. Housing, Shelter - Housing Expenses Reduction Support
  2. Human Services - Homeless Services/Centers
  3. Human Services - Family Counseling



GAPP Housing Program

GAPP, SPIN's housing program, provides three types of housing assistance: move-in costs to transitional housing and rapid rehousing, both of which also provide access to permanent housing and rental assistance.  GAPP's foundation is its case management, which focuses on creating individualized goals for each family including increasing family income, ability to maintain housing costs without assistance and creating a stable environment.  
Budget  $691,145.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Housing Support
Population Served Homeless Families Females
Program Short-Term Success 
Short term success in this housing program is considered to be having the client able to maintain a budget and therefore, pay their rent in housing on time on a monthly basis.  No more crisis.
Program Long-Term Success 
The program has proved to be very successful.  It is result oriented and driven. Two years case management and support services have proven to be a good length of time for case managers and clients to address the causative factors which lead to the family's homelessness and to make sure they do not repeat.  SPIN has been able to maintain a success rate of 85% for the last several years, dipping no lower than 84.5%.
Program Success Monitored By 
Program success is monitored thru the client file, the daily data entry notes, the program director's report and data entry report.  There is a graduation ceremony and an Annual Reumion and Picnic every year, where staff, guests and Board members have the opportunity to observe former successes.  Also, many former clients remain involved and volunteer at SPIN once they are "out in the real world" and their corporations are looking to get involved. Successful graduates serve on The Board, testify in videos, at our Annual Dinner, meet with funders, etc.
Examples of Program Success 
A program success for the GAPP program is Susan, a victim of domestic violence who was educated, but had never worked. She was a single parent who had left her husband, had no self condidence and did not even know how to use a debit card.  Susan was accepted in the program, obtained an entry level job in the accounting department of a local hotel and began working on her budget with her case manager.  In the evenings, SPIN paid for her to attend classes at a local college to update her accounting skills.  She also attended every workshop SPIN offered and met with her case manager regularly.  She took advantage of every support service we could offer.  Along the way, she was offered promotions and raises at work.  She saved her money.  At the end of two years and the end of SPIN's program, due to the poor housing market, Susan was able to graduate from SPIN's GAPP program and move into her own home, a 1-bedroom condo in Irvine, CA.  We consider that a superior success. She is employed full-time and able to maintain her own housing and living costs on her own. 

Street Services

Street Services is run primarily by volunteers.  Each week they prepare approximately 350 sack meals which are taken out on the SPIN van to the streets of Orange County to where the homeless and low income gather and distributed along with warm blankets, jackets, rain ponchos, hygiene kits, referrals, etc.  When possible, the volunteers who man the van, remove the women and children from the street and let the SPIN office know the next day where they have been placed overnight so a follow-up can be done.  The Street Services program has been running continuously since 1987.  Volunteers shop for the food, prepare the food and distribute the food.  A small amount of coordination is done by a staff member at SPIN. 
Budget  $145,730.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Homeless Families Females
Program Short-Term Success 
The short term success is monitored by the volunteers who are on the van and who are regular volunteers.  Some have been volunteering for 20 years or longer.  Success is considered to be a meal eaten and no trash left behind.
Program Long-Term Success 
The program is successful in that it does bring a basic need to people who may be unwilling or unable to obtain that need -- food or nutrition.  At the same time, it also brings referrals to those who are homeless for the first time and don't know how or where to get help.   
Program Success Monitored By 
See above.
Examples of Program Success 
Program success is the meal is consumed, no trash is left behind, the mentally infirm have been taken care of by their friends, women and children have been taken to nearby shelters and taken in or the volunteers on the van have taken them to a nearby motel for the evening so they are not vulnerable on the streets and one to two individuals have agreed to go into recovery and have been driven to detox. 


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jean Wegener
CEO Term Start Jan 1991
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience - The Executive Director, Jean Wegener, oversees the agency and program policies and conducts client crisis intervention. Ms. Wegener has over 28 years of experience in the Social Services field, including work with the Veteran's Administration Hospital Drug and Alcohol Program. A graduate of USC, she has continued her education related to non profit management.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Kim Frazier Director of Development & Communications --
Linda Janzen Director of Programs and Services --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Families Solutions Collaborative
Families Assistance Ministries 
Families Forward
H.I.S. House 
Mercy House
Project Hope Alliance
Pathways of Hope
National Charity League
Newport Mesa Assistance League
South County Outreach 
PIMCO Employee Volunteers
Health Information Partners
Alcon Research Employee Volunteers 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 1,615
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Charlie Lou Granville
Board Chair Company Affiliation Granville Executive Consulting
Board Chair Term Jan 2019 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair Al DeGrassi
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2019 - Dec 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Richard Crawford -- Voting
Al DeGrassi Plaza Bank --
Kathleen Domagala MERCK Voting
Michael DuBryne -- Voting
Maureen Flanagan -- Voting
Michael Gilmore EMCOR Group, Inc. Voting
Charlie Granville Capita Voting
Joe Heffington -- Voting
Rachel Owens Succession Strategies Voting
Danni Remington Remington Smithson California United Bank Voting
Kenneth A. Ryder Garrett, DeFrinza, Stiepe,l Ryder LLP Voting
Curtis Scheetz Total Environmental Management, Inc. Voting
Mary Lou Shattuck No Affiliation Voting
Joyce Takeda Water Techniques Voting
Christine Weiner Estate Planner Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --
Kevin Baldridge The Irvine Company --
Matthew Cooper Beacon Pointe Advisors --
Melanie Fitch Irrelevant Week NonVoting
Thomas Giddings First Foundation Advisors --
Paul C. Heeschen Paul C. Heeschen Consulting --
Cindy Hughes Walsworth, Franklin, Bevins & McCall --
Paul Irving Praetorian Advisors --
Gary Karamardian Zov's Bistro NonVoting
Frank Listi Community Volunteer --
Thomas Miller Law Offices of Thomas A. Miller, PC --
Brad Morgan Morgan Advisory Group --
Karen Nichol Community Volunteer --
Joseph Obegi Attorney at Law --
John Simon Former Chairman of the Board --
Karen Taylor Community Volunteer --
Robert Taylor Former Chairman of the Board --
Sabrina Traverse Satz Community Volunteer --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 31
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 11
Male: 21
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,518,934.00
Projected Expenses $1,468,924.00
Form 990s

2018 Form 990

2017 Form 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2018 Audit

2017 Audit

2016 Audit

2015 Independent Audit

2014 Independent Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $1,481,883 $1,286,411 $915,797
Total Expenses $1,261,775 $1,275,166 $1,168,548

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$798,494 $653,365 --
Government Contributions $439,894 $423,881 $431,606
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $439,894 $423,881 $431,606
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,207 $-50 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $142 $99 $18
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $242,146 $192,315 $131,121
Revenue In-Kind -- $16,801 $14,750
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $1,076,579 $1,093,670 $989,384
Administration Expense $79,948 $79,960 $78,836
Fundraising Expense $105,248 $101,536 $100,328
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.17 1.01 0.78
Program Expense/Total Expenses 85% 86% 85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 7% 8% 18%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $488,649 $268,507 $251,409
Current Assets $473,575 $227,788 $251,409
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $14,651 $14,249 $8,764
Total Net Assets $473,998 $254,258 $242,645

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 32.32 15.99 28.69

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are shown together under Foundations and Corporation Contributions.




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