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Thank you, Toni! On July 2, Executive Director Natalie Profant Komuro presented volunteer extraordinaire Toni Shustak with Ascencia’s inaugural Volunteer of the Month award!  “Toni truly is extraordinary in her dedication and commitment; she’s been organizing monthly dinners for residents in Ascencia’s 40-bed emergency shelter program for over 14 years.  Without volunteers like Toni, we […]

July 6, 2014 Los Angeles Register By Anna Iliff [Read Full Article]

Homeless service agency Ascencia announced today that Glendale had housed 68 homeless individuals as part of the national “100,000 Homes Campaign,” which has now reached its four-year goal of helping communities house 100,000 chronically homeless Americans. That number includes more than 30,000 veterans and represents an estimated annual taxpayer savings of $1.3 billion. Glendale joined […]

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There is nothing like a bold, bodacious goal to quicken the heart, raise all manner of doubt and suspicion and ultimately test our mettle.  House 100,000 chronically homeless people?  Do it by looking for them at 4:30 in the morning?  Did we mention they are people who are chronically homeless?  Often addicted and struggling with […]

Agency participates in national effort to house 100,000 of the country’s most vulnerable, chronically homeless. A Glendale agency held a local celebration for a national accomplishment to fight homelessness Wednesday, pitching in on an effort to find and house 100,000 of the country’s most vulnerable and chronically homeless. Glendale-based Ascencia, which provides housing and support […]

There are times when I have to put myself out there, to trust someone to help me.  It can be as simple as accepting a hand as I hold the hot coffee and balance the keys to open that back door to our administrative offices. In this instance, D, one of our ever-helpful shelter residents, […]

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GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — Comedian Greg Benson, the man behind the popular “Cellphone Crashing” videos on YouTube, helped to transform a Glendale homeless shelter into a five-star restaurant for April Fools’ Day. Benson, along with a production team, Chef Jesse Brune, professional servers and a string quartet, surprised the unsuspecting residents of Ascencia with a three-course meal, which included […]

By ZOE SZATHMARY A comedian converted a California homeless shelter into a five-star restaurant as an April Fools’ Day prank. Greg Benson, who is known for his series of popular YouTube pranks, teamed up with Break.com for ‘Prank It FWD.’ ‘You know for some people, just getting something to eat is a struggle,’ he says in […]

By Ralphie Aversa A comedian famous on YouTube for crashing cellphone calls is now paying, or rather, pranking it forward. The beneficiaries are about 50 homeless people who received a three-course dinner with all of the fixings. We spoke with Greg Benson last week regarding his latest prank, a cellphone skit. In the video, he stands […]