Starting Over, Inc.

About Starting Over, Inc.

Starting Over, Inc. believes all people have equal value and works to overcome homelessness by addressing its immediate and root causes through transitional housing, harm reduction, and supportive housing and services. People who are system impacted and all other people in need of shelter or housing are welcomed at our eight homes.

Based on the A New Way of Life program model, our organization’s hybrid model blends direct services with civic engagement and public policy work. This strength-based model uplifts and empowers program participants through leadership development techniques. Through this model of combined policy advocacy and direct services, Starting Over, Inc. addresses both the direct effects of destructive policies and the root causes of our clients' difficult situations.

Starting Over helps some of the Southern California’s most vulnerable populations by addressing homelessness, recidivism, and reentry. We help homeless men, women and children transition from homelessness and the often associated cycles of poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, and recidivism. Through education, empowerment, peer support, and civic engagement, Starting Over has helped over 900 men, women, and families since it started. 79% of the people who have gone through Starting Over's transitional program remain housed 1 year after exiting the program.


Student Intern

May 2023 - August 2023 Riverside, CA
“The organizers in charge of the Participatory Defense team are both strong leaders who are extremely knowledgeable and equipped in their field. I believe this is a powerful community-based organizing strategy that deserves recognition and awareness in the Inland Empire community! As an intern, I have taken the time to research a plethora of information such as resentencing laws, mental health diversion, the Brady rule, etc. I also enjoyed actively listening to the powerful testimonies and connecting with families who are going through the court process. It has been an amazing experience thus far and has given me the strength and passion to pursue law school once I have finished my graduate program. The greatest reward of all, however, is being involved as an active member of my community. ”
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