On Easter Sunday last month, Ascencia client Stephen Gish passed away, surrounded by family. Unlike many of our homeless neighbors who die alone on the streets, when it was finally time for Stephen, he had loved ones by his side. Stephen struggled throughout his life with mental illness and addiction. After years of homelessness, Stephen […]

HIGHLAND PARK — Northeast L.A.’s only homeless shelter closed its doors a few weeks ago after serving as a temporary refuge during the winter months. But organizers and supporters are working to open a permanent, year-around shelter and resource center for those that remain on the streets of NELA. Recycled Resources, a nonprofit dedicated to […]

Meet David, a sweet man with a smile for everyone. He’s the kind of person who has a thankful heart, who reaches for a hug when he feels joyful or if he just wants to cheer someone else up. He even managed to stay optimistic on the day someone stole his bags containing all of his dwindled worldly possessions as he slept on […]

Thanks to the cities of Glendale and Burbank, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, City of Los Angeles Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Gil Cedillo, Father W. Clarke Prescott and All Saints Episcopal Church, our Winter Shelter programs were available for four and a half months to our homeless neighbors in Glendale, Burbank and the Northeast Los Angeles area. On the final […]

On March 29, I had the privilege of helping to serve dinner at Ascencia’s 120-bed Winter Shelter in Glendale. I was joining about 15 volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Glendale to serve hot-off-the-grill hamburgers and hot dogs to the guests. After 41/2 months of nightly shelter, this was the final night of the program […]

This year marks the 60th year that the Community Foundation of the Verdugos has supported local organizations with grants and scholarships, and on the way to that anniversary, the foundation’s leaders on Wednesday announced that 2015 was its biggest year yet, as more than $1 million in grants and scholarships were issued to local individuals […]

As I stood in front of the crowd of about 100 people at the Glendale winter shelter, I thought, “THIS is where the elected officials need to be!”  Not at the opening of the shelter, when we are full of hope and relief, but at the end, when we have to tell these men and […]

Supporters of Ascencia celebrated the organization’s first decade of serving the homeless during a gala earlier this month at the historic Los Angeles Union Station. The location was a great inspiration for the evening’s theme, “Orient Express.” Natalie Profant Komuro, the organization’s executive director, welcomed the 300 guests and credited the program’s success to the […]

Glendale, California (January 22, 2016) – Ascencia celebrates a decade of lifting people out of homelessness with a celebration gala on February 6, 2016 at Los Angeles Union Station. The event is a formal dinner and live auction fundraiser, celebrating ten years of saving lives in the greater Glendale area. All funds raised go to […]

Northeast LA Winter Shelter Transitions to New Management Ascencia partners with volunteer-run Recycled Resources to operate 30 bed shelter Los Angeles, CA (January 20, 2016)  The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has contracted with Ascencia to manage the Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Winter Shelter operating at All Saints Episcopal Church in Highland Park.  The […]