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Why Do We Work to End Homelessness? The following is a letter from Christine Marge, Director of Home For Good, please read and share this story and join the movement by walking in support of Home For Good’s work to end chronic and veteran homelessness by signing up for HomeWalk on November 15th at www.homewalkla.org:


This morning I was writing and reflecting on my week – what we had accomplished, where I had fallen short, and what had touched me along the way. I had a powerful reminder this week of why I do this work and why I love my job, and I wanted to share that story with you.

Each Friday, we’ll share a story – yours and ours – with the hope of connecting the threads of what knits us together as a community and as a movement. What’s your “why?”  What inspires you to keep doing this work every day? Share your stories with us by emailing homeforgood@unitedwayla.org.

I met Mark as I was walking home from work this week. He approached me with tears in his eyes, saying he felt like “a big baby” – at least 6 feet tall, strong, in his late 40s or 50s. He was released from prison the day before, and while sleeping on Skid Row that night, he was kicked in the jaw and robbed of the few belongings he had left, and woke up to the feeling of his arm pulled in one direction as they took his backpack and his leg in another as they took the shoes off his feet.

He started crying harder as he said, “my mom died while I was in. I just want my mom…”

I listened, tears in my eyes, as he shared more. At the end of our conversation, I walked away in awe of the beauty of this man willing to set aside his pride in favor of connection. It’s hard to express without sounding trite or cliche what a profound gift that was to me.

I feel the urgency around ending homelessness every day, which is the “what” of my job, but moments like these remind me that the transformative power of human connection is at the heart of why I do it.

My purpose is sharing this story is to communicate the heart of why I do this work, but a few of you also asked what happened to Mark. Here’s what I’ve shared:

He felt ok about finding somewhere safe to sleep that night, so I asked him to call me the next morning if he still wanted/needed connection to a more permanent place to live. He didn’t call. And I was at peace with that, knowing that wherever he is, he knows that someone in the world cared enough to listen and that the line is open if he wants/needs it.

I want to give a HUGE shout out to Danielle Wildkress from CSH who focuses on reentry work and responded immediately to my question of where Mark could go for help. She linked me to Doug Bond and Alan Richards at Amity Foundation who were willing to connect with Mark right away and support him. Peggy Edwards of UHHP and LARRP also reached out to let me know of great resources for Mark.

So there’s a network here for Mark. That’s what I love about this job. Each of you, wanting to do everything you can to be that network of hope and love!

HomeWalk 2014 Media Alert

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.

Thank You to Our Friends at Goudy Honda

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The Los Angeles County Employees Charitable Giving Campaign is off to another exciting start this year!  Thank you to all of our Los Angeles County Employees for helping to improve Los Angeles and in helping those in need.

A very special THANK YOU goes out to the outstanding folks at Goudy Honda!  Goudy Honda has generously donated a beautiful 2014 Honda Civic to be awarded in a drawing for the Los Angeles County Charitable Giving Campaign.  The proceeds from the drawing will help to continue the outstanding work of organizations like the Asian Pacific Community, Brotherhood Crusade, Community Health Charities, EarthShare of California, United Latino Fund, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and Variety the Children’s Charity of Southern California.

It is a record breaking year for the Home For Good Funders Collaborative!

The Home For Good Funders Collaborative is a core group of local public and private funding and policy leaders, including the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Weingart Foundation, LA County Departments of Mental Health & Health Services, Housing Authority of the City of LA, Veterans Administration of Greater LA and many more (listed below). In its third year of funding, permanent supportive housing and systematic solutions to homelessness in LA, major public and private funders came together this year to coordinate a record $213 million to support 24 organizations and expand regional efforts around Coordinated Entry System (CES). As Steve Hilton, President & CEO of the Hilton Foundation stated, “We believe the implementation of the Coordinated Entry System throughout the county will have a dramatic and rapid impact on chronic and veteran homelessness in every corner of the L.A. region.” Coordinated Entry System began last year in Skid Row with a community-led pilot with support from Community Solutions and Rapid Results Institute, and grew to 7 communities throughout the county incorporating over 60 organizations in the last year. The Collaborative’s support will help this community-designed and policy-supported system of change, continue to expand to include all areas of LA county and all populations in need of housing and supportive services.

Additionally, the grants of the Funders Collaborative will ensure that 1,400 new individuals are permanently housed with all of the support services they need to be successful. These housing opportunities will offer support for up to 15 years of housing and support for those who need it most.

 

Funders Collaborative Members:

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, United Way of Greater LA, Weingart Foundation, Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation, Jewish Community Foundation LA, California Community Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, Cedars-Sinai, Kaiser Permanente, UniHealth Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, Corporation for Supportive Housing

City of Pasadena, Housing Authority of the City of LA, LA Community Investment Department, LA County Housing Authority, LA County Departments of Mental Health & Health Services, Veterans Administration of Greater LA, LA County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe

2014-2015 Funded Partners: A Community of Friends, Antelope Valley Domestic Violence Council, Ascencia, Clifford Beers Housing, Door of Hope, Downtown Women’s Center, Emotional Health Association (SHARE!), Harbor Interfaith Services Inc, Homeless Health Care LA, L.A.F.H. Temporary Housing Corporation, Lamp Inc, Mental Health America of LA, Mercy Housing California, Ocean Park Community Center, Our Place Housing Solutions, Path Venture, PATH, SFV Community Mental Health Center, SRO Housing Corporation, Skid Row Housing Trust, Special Services Groups (HOPICS), St Joseph Center, Step Up on Second, Union Station Homeless Services

 

 

Read the full press release: Funders Collaborative Press Release 09.09.14

Media coverage:

 

Art For Good

Join us on September 17th at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood for a night featuring

art reflecting the issue of homelessness in LA!

 

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On August 7, 2014 we celebrated with top HomeWalkers at our HomeWalk Kickoff Breakfast at the Exposition Park Rose Garden.

Click here to register for HomeWalk 2014!


									
								

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 Vets Summit recap video)

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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 veterans@unitedwayla.org to help veterans in need.

 

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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)

 

DATE TIME LOCATION REGISTER AT
August 13 9:30-4pm HOPICS, South LA https://highacuityaug13.eventbrite.com
August 14 9:30-4pm MHA, Antelope Valley https://highacuityaug14.eventbrite.com
October 22 9:30-4pm United Way, 4th Floor https://highacuityoct22.eventbrite.com
October 23 9:30-4pm MHA, Antelope Valley https://highacuityoct23.eventbrite.com
November 18 9:30-4pm Pacoima City Hall, San Fernando Valley https://highacuitynov18.eventbrite.com
November 19 9:30-4pm United Way, 4th Floor https://highacuitynov19.eventbrite.com

 

SPDAT & VI-SPDAT

Presented by Iain de Jong, OrgCode, Inc

 

TRAINING DATE TIME LOCATION REGISTER AT
Full SPDAT August 26 9-4pm United Way, Auditorium https://trainingaug26.eventbrite.com
October 15 9-4pm United Way, 4th Floor https://trainingoct15.eventbrite.com
VI-SPDAT August 27 10-12pm LAPD Harbor Community Police Station, San Pedro https://aug27vispdat.eventbrite.com
October 14 10-12pm United Way, Auditorium https://vispdatoct14.eventbrite.com
November 12 10-12pm AV Transit Authority https://vispdatnov12.eventbrite.com
November 13 See Summit Schedule SGV Summit, Pasadena See Summit Information

FISCAL & ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Presented by NPO Solutions

Training intended for Executive Directors, and Financial and Board Leadership

DATE TIME LOCATION REGISTER AT
September 24 9:30-2:30 pm United Way, 4th Floor https://orgmanagementsept24.eventbrite.com
October 15 930-730 pm AV Transit Authority https://orgmanagementoct1.eventbrite.com
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: A group of interested, participating organizations will have access to one-on-one Technical Assistance.

 

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.

 

DATE TIME LOCATION REGISTER AT
October 2 9-1pm AV Transit Authority http://vitatraining.eventbrite.com
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

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!