We need to plan for communities.

October 3, 2017Blog Posting, Homelessness, News

“I didn’t think it would be this nice.”  “I thought it would be smelly.” “Is that where the children sleep?” We get many reactions from visitors to our Access Center and shelter, if not openly positive, dismay that we are not at all what they expected. When I think about Los Angeles County’s coming challenges … Read More

We need to plan for people

September 2, 2017Blog Posting, Homelessness

We need to plan for people. Not homeless people. Just people. When we talk about “homeless people” or “the homeless,” we put the condition ahead of the person. And we make the condition finite because the numbers we use are from one night of counting, not projecting future need. I have staffed planning to end … Read More


July 28, 2017Blog Posting, Homelessness, News

In the last 24 hours there have been two events that are causing alarm among transgender, gay, and lesbian people and their allies. Ascencia’s leading core value is inclusion. “We seek ways to be inclusive in our services, our staffing, and our recruitment of volunteers. We embrace the diversity of our community.” Today I addressed … Read More

Glendale Cruise Night 2017

July 19, 2017Events, News, On The Go

We had a great time at Cruise Night in Glendale on July 15, 2017! Big thanks to Shake Shack for donating an $100 gift card to raffle off! Congratulations to our winner Christine Kiledjian!  What event will we be at next? Keep up with the latest at Ascencia! Follow @ascenciaca

Gift Cards – So many uses, so many helps

April 10, 2017News

This month, we’re focusing on Gift Cards and that might sound funny because you might associate gift cards with birthdays and loved ones at Christmas or perhaps an office party. But for our clients, gift cards provide much-needed help. Here are a few ways: First of all, it provides brand new items at the discretion of … Read More

April – National Fair Housing Month

April 7, 2017Events, News

In honor of the anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act and in remembrance of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, April is set aside as National Fair Housing Month. 2017 marks the 49th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which protects against housing discrimination due to “race, … Read More

Ascencia Day @ Shake Shack – April 4th

March 31, 2017Blog Posting, News

Mark your calendars! Next week, April 4th from 11 AM -11 PM is Ascencia Day at Shake Shack on Brand Blvd in Glendale. Bring this flyer with you or show them the flyer on your phone and 15% of your entire purchase is donated to Ascencia. It’s super easy, grab some friends and family and grab some great food. … Read More

Glendale Subaru – Share The Love Event

March 31, 2017Blog Posting, News

THANK YOU, SUBARU! This week Subaru of Glendale presented Ascencia a check for over $2,500 as part of their annual “Share the Love” event. This is the third year Subaru of Glendale has selected Ascencia as their charity of choice. Thank you, Subaru!

Natalie Komuro – Woman of the Year

March 21, 2017Blog Posting, News

This week Natalie Komuro, Ascencia’s Executive Director, is being honored by The Glendale Chamber of Commerce as their Woman of the Year. We caught up with Ascencia Board member and 2016’s Glendale Man of the Year, Shant Sahakian to talk with us about Natalie and the award. Shant, tell me about the Woman of the Year … Read More