Winter Shelter Opens
On Sunday, December 1, 2013, Ascencia opened its 80 bed shelter to homeless adults. Part of Los Angeles County’s 1500 bed seasonal shelter program, the opening comes just as overnight temperatures are forecast to dip to 34 degrees. In a departure from prior years, the program has moved from the Glendale Armory in downtown Glendale to Ascencia’s original location in south Glendale. In late October the agency moved its Access Center and year-round emergency housing program a mile east to a new facility the agency owns. With the help of the City of Glendale, Ascencia retained the lease on its old home so that it could operate the winter shelter there this year. Due to size limitations, 70 people will stay at the Fernando Court location and 10 people who would otherwise qualify for Ascencia’s year-round program, will stay at the Tyburn street location.
Last year 541 people used the shelter. Since the shelter’s closing last March, 7 homeless people have died on the streets of Glendale.
“We are extremely grateful to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and the Cities of Glendale and Burbank for the funding to launch this program. We also must acknowledge the incredible contribution of food by Glendale Whole Foods and our volunteer Guest Chefs. Their support truly makes this program possible” said Ascencia’s Executive Director Natalie Komuro.
“It is hard work, but our staff loves this program. We appreciate the opportunity to help people during the coldest time of the year and hope we can do more to move them out of homelessness altogether.”
Clients using the winter shelter program will be strongly encouraged to take advantage of Ascencia’s services at its Access Center. These services include on-site advocacy for benefits, employment counseling, trauma therapy and psychiatry. Clients will also be referred to partner agencies for legal assistance, job development and primary health care.
As in prior years, Ascencia’s street outreach team will expand their services to Burbank under a contract with the City of Burbank.
Interested volunteers are welcome to contact Sarah Joung at sjoung@AscenciaCA.org. For more information, please see www.AscenciaCA.org.
Since 2006, Ascencia has been providing an array of services and housing to assist hundreds of homeless families and individuals as the largest operator of homeless services in Glendale. In addition to Ascencia’s 40 bed year-round family and individual shelter, Ascencia operates transitional housing for families and permanent supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless adults. More information can be found at www.ascenciaCA.org. For daily updates and photos see facebook.com/AscenciaCA or twitter.com/AscenciaCA.
What: Ascencia Winter Shelter, 80 single adults each night
Where: 437 Fernando Court, Glendale, CA 91204
When: Sunday, December 1 until Saturday, March 1, 2014