At United Way’s Sixth Annual HomeWalk, the entire Avila family, along with Door of Hope’s Executive Director, Tim Peters, had the amazing opportunity to meet and take a photo with NBA legend and Honorary Chair Kobe Bryant!
For years, the Avilas – like many Angelenos – found themselves struggling to pay their bills and enduring unstable living conditions. They contacted 2-1-1 and were connected to United Way partner Door of Hope, a transitional living program located in Pasadena. With their assistance, the Avilas were able to become financially stable, gain full-time employment and professional training and transition into a three-bedroom apartment where the family is thriving.
The all-too-familiar story of the Avila family is a reality for more than 51,000 homeless individuals across Los Angeles County, who thousands of people walked in support of at HomeWalk 2012. The success they’re now enjoying is a testament to the impact of services and programs driven by UWGLA’s mission to Create Pathways Out of Poverty, not to mention the truly attainable goal of ending homelessness once and for all.
On the morning of Saturday, November 17, while meeting and joining Kobe Bryant on stage for the HomeWalk opening ceremony, the Avilas and Tim Peters served to represent the hundreds of local service providers who are working tirelessly each day to solve this crisis, the individuals and families who have turned their lives around and, most importantly, those who are still struggling to find a safe place to call home.
*Photo courtesy of Charlie Lopez Photography.