Resources during COVID-19
This page will continue to be updated throughout the pandemic. Please check back for additional resources or email our office for additional help. (last updated 2/3/2021)
Register for COVID-19/coronavirus updates from Ventura County here: https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/subscribe/
Visit this page for continually updated "pop-up" food share sites in Ventura County (Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula, etc.) via Food Share / Feeding America. You can also sign up to volunteer locally with food distribution.
Testing for COVID-19 ("coronavirus") in Ventura County
At this time, COVID-19 is widespread in our community and testing sites are adapting daily to supply shortages by shifting hours and locations. For this reason, please check https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/coronavirus-... for the most up-to-date information on where you can get testing before going to a site.
Multiple testing sites are available throughout the county and testing at these sites is free.
- Rental assistance: https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/pandemic-ren...
- Southeast Ventura County YMCA will be distributing funds to individuals and families throughout Ventura County. Register for relief funds through Ventura County Community Foundation's Rapid Response site.
- Apply for benefits through the California EDD if you have lots hours at work, have been laid off, are taking time off work to care for children because of school closings, or if you or a loved one you care for have or have been exposed to COVID-19 and are in quarantine.
- Career One Stop provides employment and unemployment resources. Learn more
- Connect to the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) if you are experiencing food insecurity through CalFresh. SSI/SSDI recipients may also be eligible. Apply here.
If you are looking to get vaccinated and want to determine your eligibility, check here on the Ventura County Recovers vaccine portal. You can read about who is eligible and schedule an appointment once you are.
Do not become frustrated if no appointments are available. Keep refreshing the page throughout your day and checking back. You should see some open up in different locations. Vaccine appointments can be made if you need assistance by calling the vaccine registration phone number at 805-477-7161. This is intended for those who do not have access to the Internet.
You can also register to be notified when you are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine.
Please note that at this time, St. Paul's is not able to open for in-person even with vaccinated parishioners until we are allowed to by both the County of Ventura and our Diocese of Los Angeles.
Mental Health & Emotional Wellness
- Give An Hour is available to help support mental health and emotional wellness needs in our community as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Coronavirus Update: Mental Health Tips, Public Health News and Resources, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Managing Anxiety & Stress, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety, The Conversation
- Apps to manage mental health and emotional health (courtesy of Mental Health Services in LA County).
- California Peer-Run Warm Line, Mental Health Association of San Francisco
- Self-Help Support Groups, Share!
- Community Connections in Times of Physical Separation, Each Mind Matters
- Teens Helping Teens, Teen Line Online
- Wellness: https://www.wellnesseveryday.org/coping-during-coronavirus
- Coping with stress: https://habits.vcbh.org/
- Early morning grocery hours available for seniors at numerous stores in our community!
- If you are feeling isolated or alone, contact the Senior Support Line at (800) 235-9980.
- How to Fight the Social Isolation of Coronavirus, AARP
- Online AA meetings: “The only requirement for member in Alcoholics Anonymous is a desire to stop drinking.” Open to the public; online registration and sign-in is required. Click here.
- Online Meetings Directory: AA Groups for men, women, GLBT, deaf/hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired, other groups. Click here.
- Numerous resources for men, women and children facing or dealing with homelessness, updated by the County of Ventura mid-June: https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/homelessness...
Resources for Kids/Teens
- Recommendations for families with children during the holidays from Boston Children's Hospital
- Taking Care of Your Family During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Supporting Homebound Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Child Mind Institute: Supporting Families during COVID-19
- Facebook Live video chats with expert clinicians daily at 10am and 4:30pm
- Daily Tips as well as links to resources for help with managing anxiety and discipline and behavior
- PBS: How to talk to Your Kids about COVID-19
- Tips, videos & resources. Appropriate for preschool and early elementary age school children. Includes links to appropriate episodes and videos of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street, Curious George and Super Why.
- NPR Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- Appropriate for parents to read with their elementary age school children (and older!)
- A Mini Comic Book for Children Explaining the Coronavirus
Ventura County Information
VC Emergency site with resources regarding COVID-19.
State of California Updates
Information from our Diocese of LA
- Read more about the response from the Diocese of Los Angeles here.
- Episcopal churches who are livestreaming services throughout our diocese.