In Ventura County
Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.
The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.
Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This key Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.
The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.
Armed Services YMCA
The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Ys and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.
It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.
Signature programs include: Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.
Find ASYMCA locations by visiting
California Department of Social Services
744 P St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
The mission of the California Department of Social Services is to serve, aid, and protect needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility and foster independence. The department’s programs include adult protective services, services for adoption and foster care, food and nutrition services, an abuse hotline and more.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care fee assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.
Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff — deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you’ll always be in the loop.
Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.
Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help and that is why Hearts of Valor was formed.
Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.
Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.
Ventura County Child Protective Services
800 S. Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93009
Child Protective Services provides safety and protection for children who are experiencing or are at risk of physical abuse; sexual molestation; neglect; severe malnutrition; acute untreated medical conditions; unsafe or inadequate housing; no food or clothing; being left alone or without supervision; not having a parent or guardian; or emotional abuse. If you witness or suspect abuse, call the 24-hour hotline at 805-654-3200.
United Service Organization
Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.
The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.
Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.
Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.
In California your pet faces many new outside dangers, such as the coyote and mountain lion. Many people assume that coyotes don’t live in the area because they don’t see them. That assumption can be dangerous to your pet. Coyotes generally hunt small mammals such as mice and rabbits but will attack cats or small dogs if given the opportunity. Mountain lions have typically hunted deer, but as more people are moving into mountain lion territory, mountain lions have started hunting other animals. The best way to protect your pet is to only let them outside at night when you are with them and to keep their food and water inside.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
South Coast Region Office
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife manages the state’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources as well as the habitats upon which they depend. The website offers tips about living with many of the wildlife species across the state and information about hunting and fishing licenses.
Ventura County Animal Services
Camarillo Adoption Center
600 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
Oxnard Animal Safety
214 S. C St.
Oxnard, CA 93030
Oxnard Animal Safety Unit’s mission is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of pets and people in Oxnard through education and animal law enforcement, including vaccination for rabies because of the risk it poses to animals and humans. Vaccinating and licensing pets will ensure control of rabies.
Veterinary services in Ventura County are plentiful. See the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers, or you can check out the Santa Barbara Ventura Veterinary Medical Association at www.sbvvma.org. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the California Veterinary Medical Association website http://cvma.net.
Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.
To learn more about adopting a pet,
visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works .
State of California
Department of Motor Vehicles
The California Department of Motor Vehicles handles driver’s licenses and vehicle registration and numerous online driving-related services.
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
California faces risks of earthquakes, floods, mudslides, significant wildfires, prolonged droughts, public health emergencies, cybersecurity attacks, agricultural and animal disasters as well threats to homeland security. Cal OES takes a proactive approach to addressing these risks, threats and vulnerabilities through planning and comprehensive exercises to maintain readiness and mitigate harm to communities, people, the environment and the economy.
Office of Emergency Services
Ventura County’s Office of Emergency Services is responsible for countywide disaster planning, mitigation, response and recovery activities. OES personnel work with all county departments, 10 cities, public and private organizations and community and civic groups. In the event of a disaster, the Office of Emergency Services is responsible for the county’s Emergency Operations Center, coordination of the county’s emergency management team and recovering the county’s disaster response costs from state and federal governments.
Ventura County Fire Department