Founded in 1971, Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND) is the largest poverty agency serving tens of thousands of the neediest children and families of the San Fernando Valley per month. Primarily volunteer-driven, it provides emergency food, clothing, health care, job skills training and placement and other services.
The Medical Prescriptions program provides free prescription medication for uninsured, low-income families living in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
Founded in 1992, New Directions offers comprehensive services for homeless male and female veterans who have served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Services include substance abuse treatment, job training nad placement, parenting and money management classes, legal and financial assistance, counseling, remedial education and other resources.
Operation Welcome Home offers case management, legal assistance, job training and referrals, family reunification, individual and group therapy and assistance with housing to address the specific needs of approximately Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans who suffer from severe depression, PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma combined with substance abuse.
Founded in 1976, New Directions for Youth (NDY) provides comprehensive programs for at-risk and troubled youth to become productive, self-sufficient, healthy young adults. Its programs aim to reduce juvenile delinquency, crime, gang affiliation, poverty, family dysfunction, unemployment, and child abuse. NDY collaborates with public agencies and provides direct services and programs to more than 9,000 at-risk and troubled youth each year.
The Gang Prevention & Intervention program provides gang-related and at-risk youth, ages 14-25, from the San Fernando Valley with wrap-around, comprehensive services, including individualized support, literacy training, and structured after school programs.
Founded in 1985, New Economics for Women (NEW) works to reduce poverty by creating and building wealth opportunities for families and neighborhoods. Its mission is to create economic and educational opportunities for single parents, families, and disinvested communities. This is achieved by: 1) building quality affordable housing with on-site services; 2) helping single parents develop strategies for success; and 3) helping communities develop strategies and gain resources to eliminate poverty.
The Smart Consumer program teaches financial education to women to increase their economic security and build assets over the long term.
Founded in 2003, Operation Gratitude (OG) seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines deployed in harm's way, to their children left behind, and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. OG care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns and Donations of funds for shipping expenses, OG provides civilians anywhere in America with a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on manner.
The Wounded Warrior Care Package Program assembles volunteers to send care packages to wounded warriors annually in all Military branches.
Founded in 1994, Opportunity Fund (OF) is a nonprofit financial institution that advances the economic well-being of working people by helping them earn, save, and invest in the future. As California and the nation's largest nonprofit micro lender to small businesses, OF offers a unique blend of microfinance products and services to help residents of underserved communities work toward economic stability. OF also invests in high impact real estate projects, including health and educational centers, and other nonprofit facilities. OF has grown from a local, multi-bank consortium to become a nationally-recognized and respected nonprofit lender—the nation’s largest nonprofit lender with a loan portfolio under management that tops $125 million.
Los Angeles Small Business Impact Fund provides access to affordable, responsible credit through microloans, helping low-income entrepreneurs grow their business, increase their income, support jobs for themselves and their employees, and generate economic activity in their communities.
Founded in 1980, Para Los Niños (PLN) aims to help children succeed in school and in life. Dedicated to the academic success and social well-being of children, PLN serves approximately 7,500 children, youth and their families each year through six early education centers, three charter schools, mental health services, family programs, community engagement and youth workforce services. The range of services provided support optimal environments for young children to develop, learn and achieve. Its three strategic priorities are to demonstrate impact of its educational model, strengthen its infrastructure and diversify and expand its funding base.
The Nurturing Parenting Program provides courses focused on empathy, nurturing, and attachment at Para Los Nino's early education centers for parents of children ages six weeks to three years.
Founded in 2009, the Partners for Children South L.A. was created to break intergenerational cycles of poor developmental outcomes for children zero to five years in South LA and to reduce their risk of involvement with the foster care system. The Initiative works to build the individual, organizational and collective capacity of participants from 7 agencies and to provide a comprehensive “Early Childhood System of Care” for young children with an emphasis on children in kinship care and children born to teen mothers. It uses a holistic and cross-disciplinary approach to early childhood systems that combines health, early childhood education and social services to improve outcomes for children. Partners for Children South L.A. addresses change in both practice and policy to ensure that lessons learned improve the performance and impact of the organizations involved while ultimately informing better solutions for the entire field of child welfare.
The Early Childhood System of Care support families with children ages zero to five (75% of whom are zero to three) who live in South LA in receiving comprehensive support services through seven Partners for Children South L.A. partner agencies, using St. John’s pediatric patient-centered home as the main entry portal.
Founded in 1984 by a collaborative of local churches, synagogues, businesses and concerned individuals, People Assisting the Homeless’s (PATH's) mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families and communities. With the opening of PATH’s LA Center in 2002, the organization was able to bring 98 interim housing beds together with the PATH Mall program, a multi-service center where homeless individuals can easily access over a dozen supportive services in one location. Since its founding, PATH has grown into a consortium of five agencies that focus on rapid rehousing, street outreach, permanent supportive housing, and wraparound services to end homelessness for the most vulnerable populations.
The Outreach Navigator and Move-in Assistance program places chronically homeless individuals in permanent housing by collaborating with local homeless coalitions, social service organizations, local landlords, political leaders, faith groups, and community members.
Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC) opened its storefront youth center in February 2002 in response to an increase in youth violence in Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood. It provides 240 youth, ages 16-24, many of whom are in foster care, with leadership development and community empowerment programs that promote peace, unity and social justice. Services include counseling, case management, leadership development, job preparation, training in computer skills and music production, and community engagement and event organization.
The Gang Prevention & Intervention Program provides individualized, intensive case management services for gang-inclined or involved youth in Santa Monica and Venice.
Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission was founded in 1986 to reduce gang violence in Boyle Heights. Programs provide training, education and social services to low-income, primarily Latino, uninsured immigrants. It provides an emergency shelter, after school academic enrichment for K-12, early education centers, a thrift store, and a community organizing and civic engagement program.
The Guadalupe Homeless Project (GHP), provides women and families with rental assistance, motel vouchers, clothing vouchers, and bus tokens.
Founded in 2010, Saving Innocence provides rescue and restoration services to commercially sexually trafficked children. It is the only agency approved to respond directly to crisis calls from law enforcement and to deliver immediate intervention services. Since its founding, Saving Innocence has grown alongside LA County’s response to sex trafficking of minors and has helped nearly 700 minors escape sexual exploitation. It provides training on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) awareness, safety planning, victim identification, and intervention techniques for frontline professionals and teaches prevention-intervention workshops to youth in juvenile halls and group homes.
The Case Management program provides intensive first response services and long-term support to child victims of sexual exploitation helping them escape sexual exploitation and live an independent life.
Founded in 1984, Single Room Occupancy Housing Corporation (SRO Housing) is a non-profit community-based organization, dedicated to building a vibrant community for homeless and very low-income individuals in Skid Row. SRO Housing pursues its mission of community revitalization by providing clean, safe, and affordable housing; managing public spaces; and administering needed supportive services. SRO Housing provides affordable single-room occupancy housing with over 2,300 private, single units of housing throughout 30 properties.
The Supportive Housing Move-in Assistance program will identifies veterans experiencing homelessness, designates appropriate units of permanent supportive housing, and provides move-in assistance and move-in stipends.
The Southern California College Access Network (SoCalCAN) is an alliance of 20 nonprofit organizations founded in 2005 to increase college access and success rates for low-income, disadvantaged youth. As a forum for joint learning and collaboration, SoCalCAN provides member organizations the opportunity to strengthen capacity, enhance results, and broaden impact by sharing best practices, developing common tools, and building strategic partnerships.
The Youth Ambassadors of College Knowledge program trains and empowers tenth and eleventh grade low-income, medium- to high-achieving students at five high schools to prepare for and pay for college and to serve as 'Peer Ambassadors' who promote college-going among their peers.
Founded in 1964, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center (St. John’s) works to improve the quality of life for low-income children and adults who live in the poorest neighborhoods in LA County through low- or no-cost primary and preventative health care services. Its mission is to eliminate health disparities and foster community well-being by providing and promoting the highest quality of care in South LA. Through its 12 clinics, including five school-based health centers and one mobile clinic, St. John’s offers culturally and linguistically appropriate services that include physical exams, disease management, immunizations, obesity prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, dental screenings, counseling, case management, health education, early childhood programs including school readiness, and teen reproductive programming. In 2012, St. John’s provided 153,000 medical, dental and mental health visits and 53,764 health education and case management services to 47,500 low income patients.
The Bright Futures Initiative provides culturally sensitive primary and preventative health care, education, and coordination/referral services to children ages zero to three and their parent/caregiver.
The People Concern provides integrated services for individuals experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth, veterans, and individuals with severe physical and mental illness or substance abuse.
The Access Center provides individuals experiencing homelessness with daily engagement and consistent, concerted efforts toward housing and self-sufficiency.
Meet Each Need With DignityMedical PrescriptionsEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
New DirectionsOperation Welcome HomeFinancial Literacy and Veterans
New Directions for YouthGang Prevention & InterventionGang Prevention & Intervention
New Economics for WomenSmart ConsumerFinancial Literacy and Veterans
Operation GratitudeWounded Warrior Care Package ProgramFinancial Literacy and Veterans
Opportunity FundLos Angeles Small Business Impact FundSocial Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
Para Los NinosNurturing Parenting ProgramEarly Childhood
Partners for Children South L.A.Early Childhood System of CareEarly Childhood
People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)Outreach Navigator and Move-in AssistanceAddressing Homelessness in Los Angeles
Pico Youth & Family CenterGang Prevention & Intervention ProgramGang Prevention & Intervention
Proyecto PastoralGuadalupe Homeless ProjectEmergency Assistance for Basic Needs
Saving InnocenceCase ManagementHuman Trafficking
Single Room Occupancy Housing CorporationSupportive Housing Move-in AssistanceAddressing Homelessness in Los Angeles
Southern California College Access NetworkYouth Ambassadors of College KnowledgeCollaborative Grants
St. John's Well Child and Family CenterBright Futures InitiativeEarly Childhood
The People ConcernAccess CenterAddressing Homelessness in Los Angeles