It has been hard to miss the forecast of a strong El Nino this year, promising a lot of rain and likely flooding. Already brief storm systems have been wreaking havoc in some neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. Our location near the Los Angeles River makes us particularly sensitive to this because we outreach to people living along the riverbed.
Many of you know that we have a shelter that runs all year long for families and single adults. The people, about a third are children, enter that shelter knowing they can stay for up to 60 days while they search for housing.
A second program, the winter shelter program, is just for single adults, like those living along the riverbed and who are on the streets. Its purpose is to provide a safe place to sleep and prevent these people from dying in the cold.
This month, the City and County of Los Angeles have allocated more funding to expand the winter shelter program. Glendale and Burbank have also stepped up with funds to help make this project happen and have asked Ascencia to run the program. We want to do this, but there are additional costs to running winter shelter and we need your help to run both these important emergency programs. We need to raise $35,000 by November 6th to move forward with this project.
We are serving homeless families and individuals in our 40 bed program now, and need funding to keep that program going. And we have been asked to launch winter shelter by November 16th. We need the following help NOW:
- Cash sponsorship or donation to pay for operating costs and staff *Click here to DONATE NOW.
- Donated meals, blankets and twin-size linens: please email donate@AscenciaCA.org for more info.
- Volunteer labor: please email volunteer@AscenciaCA.org for more info.
We will be making clothing donation requests at a later date.
Any amount you can contribute will help! Please donate and forward this message to your networks to help us keep our homeless neighbors safe this winter.
Natalie Profant Komuro, Executive Director