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  • Thanks for comingWho is Imagine LA: An organization that fosters relationships between communities and families exiting homelessness over the course of a two year mentorship journey. Objective of Training: deeper insight into Imagine LA, homeless education, and what mentorship looks like with Imagine LA.Where did we come from? Started as a vision of Pastor Mark Brewer from Bel Air Presbyterian Church. With over 8,000 communities of faith in Los Angeles and approximately 8,000 families, Pastor Brewer began to imagine the impact communities of faith could have on the homeless population by empowering families with the skills to be self sufficient.Where is Imagine LA?Office location: Wilshire/ La Brea (Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles)Areas we work in: All over Los Angeles County and we’ve recently moved in to the San Gabriel Valley areas of San Marino and South Pasadena.
  • There are approx. 12,000 shelter beds available on any night in Los Angeles County
  • It only takes one significant event for a family to become homeless. 25% of the homeless families will continue in that cycle.Imagine LA steps in, once a family is back in housing to empower families with support and necessary resources before their next destructive economic event
  • Note the differences in time commitments (different levels/colors indicate different levels of involvement).
  • To date our mentorship volunteers have come from Faith Communities. This is not an exhaustive list, but gives an general overview of the areas where that are touched by Imagine LAVolunteers are screened, trained, and background checked. Safety is our highest priority.Volunteers dedicate approximately 8000 hours a year in service to Imagine LA
  • Our referral partners are located throughout Los Angeles and offer a wide variety of services to clients. We work specifically with transitional housing facilities because of their history and in-depth relationship with clients. They are able to assist us with information during the screening process.Imagine LA is solely supported by funds from private donors/foundations. We do not take in any public government grant money. This is significant because it allows us the freedom to build a program without being tied to the strict regulations/requirements of government funds.
  • Faith outreach powerpoint updated

    1. 1. Our mission is to empower families to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency OUR MISSION
    2. 2.  Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the United States  Approx. 254,000 people in LA County experience homelessness every year  Approx 82,000 people experience homelessness on any given night.  Nearly 1/3 of LA County’s homeless population are individuals in homeless families.  La County’s homeless population includes more than 9,500 families  The cost of one family’s first homeless episode can cost the government upwards of $20,000. HOMELESS IN LOS ANGELES
    4. 4. Our program addresses a significant gap: o Little to no support systems exist for families once they get into housing. This often results in repeat homelessness or “flat lining”. o Imagine LA addresses this gap by utilizing the vast resources of faith communities, companies and other committed organizations who want to provide more than “band-aid” charity in their local community. THE NEED
    5. 5. HOW? We do this by facilitating a two-year, volunteer mentorship program that matches families with Volunteer Teams from faith communities, companies and other committed organizations. The match creates consistent relationships that empower the families to move toward self-sufficiency.
    6. 6. “Every religion has a scriptural mandate to help the poor and unfortunate. The highest form of these efforts is to teach people to fish, not just give them a fish.” -Rabbi Kenneth Chasen Leo Baeck Temple WHY WE STARTED WITH FAITH COMMUNITIES?
    8. 8. Together, each family and their matched Volunteer Team work toward three main goals: o Maintain housing o Attain self-sufficiency o Ensure that every member of the family is thriving THE PROCESS
    9. 9. Imagine LA leverages resources from the entire community to provide the support families need to permanently exit homelessness. In this way, we are uniting Los Angeles to end homelessness, one family at a time. A Community Solution
    10. 10. Imagine LA: Manages the Match Provides Case Management Utilizes Community Resources Volunteer Team: Mentoring Life Skills Tutoring and Resources Family + ILA + Team: Assesses the Family’s Needs Sets Achievable Goals Creates Results! IMAGINE LA’S MODEL
    11. 11. We are focused and committed to empowering not only our families, but also all of our volunteers and the greater Los Angeles community  Imagine LA’s program staff has decades of experience in social service and provides:  Family screening  Case management services for families  Access to community resources  Volunteer training & management  Homeless sensitivity education  A safe and step-by-step, “turn-key” program that requires minimal involvement from organizations  Imagine LA values communication  Weekly team conference calls  Fun face-to-face events  Regular reporting that can be shared with entire organization OUR SIDE OF THE BARGAIN...
    12. 12. DO:  Build a Volunteer Team (5-10 members)  Attend training, complete a background check and operate within Imagine LA’s guidelines  Help their family equip their new home  Provide Family Sponsorship Funds  Come alongside their matched family in a consistent relationship DON’T:  Do not proselytize (they may invite, but not require the family to attend faith-related events)  Do not give money or gift cards directly to the family OUR PROGRAM PARTNERS COMMITMENT...
    13. 13. Co-Leads Co-Leads (2) Mentors Mentors MentorsOne-to-One Mentors Financial Literacy/ “Budget Mentor” Historian Tutors Tutors Tutors Tutors TutorsHealth and Nutrition Team Spec Special Projects Teams e.g.: Transportation, “Give the Parents a Break”, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Advocate, Disability Specialist, Career Coach, etc. *Please note, the size of your team will depend on the size and needs of your family. VOLUNTEER TEAM STRUCTURE
    14. 14. IT’S WORKING! 100% of current and graduated families maintain permanent housing (nationally, 25% of homeless families return to homelessness) 75% of families increase their household earned income by graduation 100% of participants (adults and children) receive annual medical and dental exams 33% of school-aged participants improve their grades as a result of academic assistance (e.g. tutoring, IEPs) 100% of non-school- aged children meet age- appropriate developmental standards 100% of families report improved conflict resolution skills within the family unit
    15. 15. Since starting in 2007 we have… o Served 54 Families o 11 successful graduations – families self-sufficient and thriving! o Partnered with over 30 Program Partners including churches, synagogues, companies, and even a mosque! o Many now sponsoring their 2nd and 3rd families through the program! o Continued growth in funding and families served o Our revenue is increasing while our cost per family is decreasing which means we can help more families o Impacted the lives of hundreds of volunteers OVERALL RESULTS
    16. 16. Maria and Danny Recoandhisboys . SUCCESS STORIES
    17. 17. o Sustain the program in order to help more families o Engage more of the LA community by scaling the program to offering the model to more companies and committed organizations through our Corporate Outreach Initiative oIncrease communications efforts and brand awareness in Los Angeles o Help other cities implement the Imagine LA model WHAT’S NEXT?
    18. 18. OUR PARTNERS •All Saints’ Episcopal Church (Beverly Hills) •All Saints Church of Pasadena (Pasadena) •Bel Air Presbyterian Church (Bel Air) •Beth Shir Shalom (Santa Monica) •Congregation Tikvat Jacob (Manhattan Beach) •Cornerstone West LA (West LA) •Hollywood Seventh-Day Adventist Church (Hollywood) •Holy Family Catholic Church (South Pasadena) •Temple Kol Tikvah (Woodland Hills) •Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena) •Leo Baeck Temple (Los Angeles) •New Life Christian Church (Glendale) •St. Cross Episcopal Church (Hermosa Beach) •Saint Mark United Methodist (South LA) •St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Glendale) •Stephen S. Wise Temple (Bel Air) •Temple Beth Hillel (North Hollywood) •Temple Emanuel (Beverly Hills) •TOMS •Valley Beth Shalom (Encino) •Wilshire Blvd. Temple (West LA) •Zion Temple Community Church (South LA) PROGRAM PARTNERS:
    19. 19. OUR PARTNERS •Westwood Transitional Village / The Salvation Army •Upward Bound House •L.A. Family Housing •Department of Public Social Service/CalWORKs •Door of Hope •Beyond Shelter •Family Promise •Miriam’s House •US Department of Veterans’Affairs (VA) •Good Shepherd Center •Harvest Home •Hope Gardens/Union Rescue Mission •The Ahmanson Foundation •Bank of America •Bel Air Presbyterian Church •Sean Burton/Homes for LA Families •California Community Foundation •The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation •Capital Source Bank •The John W. Carson Foundation •CB Richard Ellis •The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation •The Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation •First Republic Bank •GUESS?, Inc. •The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation •The Hoag Family Foundation •The Jewish Community Foundation •Mickey Kantor •The Karisma Foundation •Wells Fargo •The Weingart Foundation •The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation FAMILY REFERRAL PARTNERS: FUNDING PARTNERS:
    20. 20. The Process: 1. Participation supported by head of either the faith community or company 2. Letter of Intent (LOI) signed 3. Recruit team (start with Co-Leads and Budget Mentor) 4. Volunteer Training and background checks (mandatory) 5. Meet with potential family (Co-Leads and leadership meet family prior to official full-team “Meet-n-Greet”) 6. MOU signed/Matched with a family 7. Begin helping the family to achieve their goals! HOW TO GET INVOLVED
    21. 21. Please join us in ending homelessness, one family at a time. THANK YOU! 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1001 Los Angeles, CA 90036 323.944.0210 | 323.944.0215