On Wednesday, July 16, it was a historic moment for veterans across the country when First Lady Michelle Obama and United Way of Greater Los Angeles reaffirmed our commitment to ending veteran homelessness and unemployment in Los Angeles County at our Unite For Veterans Summit.
With the nation watching, the First Lady commended United Way of Greater Los Angeles for our veterans work and called on us to finish the job and create momentum across America.
(Click on the photo to watch the entire keynote speech from First Lady Michelle Obama)
To date, we’ve helped move 14,000 homeless veterans into permanent housing and secured jobs for 9,000 veterans. These vets are people like Marva who ended up homeless, Matthew who suffered from severe trauma, and last but not least, Jim, who had no one to turn to. Fortunately, each of them are now on a stable path and have a safe place to call home.
But our work is just beginning.
Los Angeles will soon be home to an estimated 60,000 post-9/11 veterans in the next few years. Our goal is to ensure these honorable service men and women are able to successfully transition into fulfilling careers and lives.
Join us in making a pledge to be #United4Vets. Publicly share your support with a tweet or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to help veterans in need.
Join us for a series of FREE trainings throughout the Fall for United Way partners and local nonprofit service providers! Read through the list of trainings and sign up today! Space is limited.
HIGH ACUITY CLIENTS
Presented by Housing Innovations
TRAINING TOPICS: TBA (based on results of community survey)
SPDAT & VI-SPDAT
Presented by Iain de Jong, OrgCode, Inc
FISCAL & ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT
Presented by NPO Solutions
Training intended for Executive Directors, and Financial and Board Leadership
SPECIAL TRAINING: Becoming a VITA Site in 2015
Presented by Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC)
Training intended for organizations in Antelope Valley interested in becoming a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites during the 2015 tax season.
AV Transit Authority
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Sites interested in becoming a VITA location will be supported up to and during the 2015 tax season by KYCC staff
With the help of our generous corporate leaders, we are building a better Los Angeles. We regularly highlight our top corporate leaders and salute them for helping us create pathways out of poverty. United Way of Greater Los Angeles extends a huge thanks to these leaders and corporations working with us to permanently break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors: families, children, veterans and the homeless.
United Way and Our Friends in the Antelope Valley
Kneeling Left to Right:
Jeff Rosane, Stacie Rosane, John Porter, Josh Fullwood
Standing Left to Right:
Christine Beardsley, Ryan Beardsley, Sue Porter, KaBoom, Mike Perkins, Julie Elliott, Jeff Elliott, Ariana
Thank you to the outstanding team at Rio Tinto, who generously provided skybox tickets to a minor league baseball game on Sunday, July 20 for Antelope Valley’s own Lancaster JetHawks! Thanks to the folks at Rio Tinto, Sue Porter and Stacie Rosane from the United Way were able to share a fun day out at the ballpark with our friends from the Palmdale School District as the JetHawks defeated the Modesto Nuts by a final score of 5 to 2.
Similar to how the JetHawks represent the town’s long standing association with the aerospace industry, United Way of Greater Los Angeles is thrilled to have partners like Rio Tinto and Palmdale School District that step up to the plate to represent and fight for the members of our community that are living in poverty. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of so many all throughout our Greater Los Angeles area and together, we will break the cycle of poverty in Los Angeles County!
Below is a letter from Christine Marge, Director of Home For Good, reflecting on the Unite For Veterans Summit on July 16, 2014, which brought together providers, partners, and supporters from across LA and the nation to rally around ending veteran unemployment and homelessness:
Home For Good Partners,
Three and a half years ago, our community came together around the Home For Good vision of making Los Angeles a place where no one is forgotten, no one worries about having a warm, safe place of their own to sleep each night.
At Wednesday’s Unite For Veterans Summit, our community’s tremendous progress was acknowledged by our First Lady, Michelle Obama. In her inspiring remarks, she acknowledged, “Here in LA, the United Way and Chamber of Commerce have brought public and private partners together for an incredible program called Home For Good – and together, you have housed more than 9,000 veterans since 2011.” (Watch her full speech by clicking here)
The best part of the day was seeing so many of you brimming with pride during and after that moment, knowing you played a part in this transformation.
As Laura Zeilinger, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, reminded us in her thoughtful opening remarks, “the cost of doing nothing is never nothing.” I appreciate that each of you is committed to doing something – whether it be outreaching to people on our streets, providing mental health care, volunteering to provide companionship, contributing resources to our Collaborative, advocating for policy change, working to streamline Coordinated Entry, or walking at HomeWalk, you’re a critical part of this movement we’ve built together.
We were thrilled to see Mayor Garcetti rising confidently to the challenge from our First Lady as he signed on to the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by 2015, and expressed his commitment to partnering with us to reach Home For Good’s goals. He acknowledged the great power of L.A. in saying, “The greatest force multiplier we have in this town is 10 million souls that are committed to marching to that same point on the horizon, and to ending this battle and winning it for good.”
And yes, just as important as the tangible progress we’ve made together – housing over 14,000 people, including 9,000 veterans, harnessing over $360M in public and private funds for solutions, creating a coordinated entry system that’s a model for cities across the country – is the community we’ve built together, our persistence in reaching our goals, and the heart each of you brings to all we do. That’s what I felt most proud of this week.
So on behalf of the Home For Good team here at United Way and the Chamber and our Business Leaders Task Force, we thank you. We hope you, too, felt great pride as our collective efforts were lifted up on Wednesday. Special thanks to our co-sponsors at USC’s Price School of Public Policy and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, all of our inspiring speakers, and each of you, for doing the often thankless work you do each day. We see you, and we are so grateful for you.
In the words of Matthew Smith, the inspiring New Directions’ case manager who shared his journey with us on Wednesday, “I am proud beyond words that I now get to offer to other veterans every day the solution that was offered to me, and that is to COME HOME.”
We still have much work ahead of us, but I have no doubt that we will continue to lead the way for Los Angeles and for the nation by coming together to ensure we are all home for good.
Director, Home For Good
In Antelope Valley, community organizations are working collaboratively with law enforcement to train and support officers to effectively and compassionately respond to calls for mental health situations.
In 2013, an Antelope Valley Law Enforcement Mental Health Task Force was created to equip law enforcement personnel and first responders in managing mental health situations in the field. With Home For Good partner, Mental Health America, coordinating this diverse group of public agencies, law enforcement, first responders, and local service providers, they have made impressive headway in promoting peaceful interactions on the streets. Over its first year, the Task Force organized and executed trainings on a variety of issues including: recognizing signs and symptoms of mental illness, effective communication skills with the mentally ill, self-care and stigma. Additionally, they were able to create a useful “Pocket Resource Guide for First Responders in the Antelope Valley” as a reference and referral guide for anyone in the area to utilize.
As a result of these efforts, the group reported that 306 sheriff’s deputies were trained on more empathetically responding to mental health-related calls. This new approach has already led to several deputies receiving positive accommodation for their effective management of mental health-related situations. In a recent week where three separate officer-involved incidents that could have easily ended “lethally” the situations were deescalated by first responders, saving the lives of several individuals, including a 17-year-old teenager in Palmdale. The Task Force will continue to work collaboratively across public and non-profit sectors to increase the number of successful interactions between first responders and those with mental illness for the betterment of all living in the Greater Antelope Valley Community.
Congratulations to the Antelope Valley Law Enforcement Mental Health Task Force!
Law Enforcement Mental Health Task Force Members: Mental Health America – Antelope Valley Enrichment Services, Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff Stations, California Highway Patrol, cities of Lancaster and Palmdale Public Safety Offices, Edwards Air Force Base Security Forces, LA County Department of Mental Health, LA County Mental Health Commission, Penny Lane, Child and Family Guidance Center, Optimist Mental Health and National Alliance on Mental Illness
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As we come to the end of our campaign year, United Way of Greater Los Angeles would like to thank YOU for your generous support of our mission to break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors. As a leadership donor, you are at the forefront of ending poverty in our local communities.
Your gift is helping thousands of people find a pathway to a home, a graduation and a job. In fact this past year, you helped almost 7,000 people get into a permanent home, helped 25,000 students get into mentorship programs, and helped 1,100 honorable veterans find the jobs they deserve. Your continued support will ensure that united we can end poverty in Los Angeles. Thank you!
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For the the first time ever, Budweiser Made in America Festival is coming to Los Angeles. The Budweiser Made in America is a music festival to benefit United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ work to end poverty.
Want to see Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Steve Aoki, Juanes and more at the hottest music festival this summer? Even better – want to go VIP? Recruit 5 friends by July 3, 2014 and you will be entered to win a PAIR OF 2-DAY VIP PASSES (access to the VIP lounge with food concessions, in-and-out privileges, private air-conditioned restroom facilities, etc. valued at $600 each ticket!)
Recruit 5 friends by July 3, 2014 and you will be entered to win a PAIR OF 2-DAY VIP PASSES (access to the VIP lounge with food concessions, in-and-out privileges, private air-conditioned restroom facilities, etc. valued at $600 each ticket!!!)
1) Sign-up to our BMIA mailing list: http://bmia.unitedwayla.org/
2) Share your personal link to the world on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Email – wherever you can!
3) Get at least 5 people to sign-up using your personal link by July 3rd.
4) Be entered to win VIP Tickets & be #UnitedForLA!
Once you’ve recruited 5 friends, you’re good to go. So what are you waiting for? This is going to be the event of the summer, and will likely sell out, so don’t miss out! The winner will be announced on America’s Birthday — July 4th.
WELCOME MARK LOUCHHEIM
United Way of Greater Los Angeles would like to recognize Mark Louchheim, President of Bobrick Washroom Equipment, who will begin his two-year term as Chair, Board of Directors on July 1st, 2014.
Mark Louchheim maintains a strong philanthropic agenda and has been a Tocqueville Society member for thirteen years and is President of Bobrick Washroom Equipment. Bobrick has been holding United Way campaigns for almost 70 years, with almost the entire employee giving going to CPOP, raising over $100,000 this year to help end poverty in Los Angeles. As the new Chair of the Board of Directors, his commitment to create pathways out of poverty for LA County’s most vulnerable neighbors is a top priority in addition to ensuring that United Way’s large network of donors becomes more connected to and engaged with the important community impact their gifts support.
Mark Louchheim serves as President of Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc., a company dedicated to innovating and manufacturing washroom accessories, child accommodation products and toilet partitions used in commercial, institutional and industrial buildings worldwide. Previously, Louchheim was executive vice president and chief operating officer for the company, before being appointed president in 1993. He joined Bobrick in 1981 and began his career at Bobrick’s North Hollywood, California headquarters as a project manager.
Congratulations, Mr. Louchheim! Everyone at United Way looks forward to the next two years of fearless leadership to ensure people get homes, students graduate, and veterans have jobs they deserve!
On Friday, June 20th dozens of volunteers came to United Way headquarters to assemble Welcome Home Kits for formerly homeless Angelinos who have recently moved into permanent supportive housing.