Our mission is to provide shelter and other services to homeless persons in San Luis Obispo County, with maximum self-reliance for each client served.  

Through the years, Transitional Food and Shelter has developed three primary programs to meet the mission statement.


The shelter program provides temporary, emergency shelter for medically fragile (disabled) homeless persons too ill, injured or disabled to be in a homeless shelter at night and outdoors during the day. Each client is screened and referred by a hospital or social service agency and has a doctor’s letter. Some of our clients are temporarily disabled and get well. Some are totally and permanently disabled and need help to get SSI and subsidized housing. Some are terminally ill and receive visits from Hospice Partners. This program maintains 10 rented studio apartments located throughout San Luis Obispo County for temporary use by clients, and any overflow of clients are placed in motels. We either provide casework or get other agencies to do so.


The “People’s Kitchen” of Paso Robles (not affiliated with the People’s Kitchen in South County) provides an evening meal from 5-6 pm every night Monday through Friday at Second Baptist Church, located at 1937 Riverside, corner of 20th St., Paso Robles, across from Centennial Park and just South of the MidState Fairgrounds. All hungry people are welcome: they need not be homeless. No questions are asked. Local churches, businesses and organizations take responsibility for providing a meal for 20-50 people one night per month. They buy the food (often at the Food Bank), prepare and serve the meal. Come and see as all are welcome.

Families Helping Families

A holiday cheer program at Christmastime for needy families in the North County. Needy families are referred by social service organizations and adopted by donor families for the purpose of providing gifts and a holiday meal. This program is known as Families Helping Families. A donor family receives the name, address and telephone number of the needy family, contacts them, learns their preferences for gifts and food. Families may also donate funds to the program, and needy families not adopted will receive gift certificates. Needy families are very low income, but not usually homeless.

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