David Boettcher experienced homelessness for over a year after losing his eyesight, his job, and his home. He is a very talented artist, but could no longer work due to his health issues and surgeries he had to undergo. He stayed with friends for a while, but eventually was forced to leave, and had nowhere to go. David found Ascencia’s services through the Glendale Library. He called us and immediately started receiving case management and resources to help him get back on his feet. He now has his own apartment in Glendale, and a job at Amazon, and he is happy, healthy, and painting again. David loves Rock ‘n’ Roll, Hawai’i, and his two cats, Halen and Panda! David generously donated his artwork to our 15th Annual Gala, where we held a silent auction for 12 of his pieces. He wanted to give back to Ascencia, and kindly split his earnings with our organization. “Everyone who gives what they can is changing the lives of people who lost everything” he shared.
After losing his apartment and job in 2019, Ruben found himself homeless and living on the streets of West Hollywood, sleeping in his car. Our Case Manager Joseph came across Ruben and shared with him all that Ascencia offers to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Ruben was given a bed, shower, 3 meals a day, occupational therapy, and psychiatry appointments. Ruben’s determination coupled with Ascencia’s tenacity secured Ruben his own apartment. He is now off the streets and living in safe, secure housing.
U.S. Veteran Pete
U.S. Veteran Pete was first approached by Ascencia’s outreach services at a Glendale park in urgent need of medical attention. After a half a dozen successful blood transfusions, Pete was immediately brought into our emergency shelter having access to Ascencia’s services and programs. Today, Pete lives on his own with continued case management in a studio apartment in Glendale enjoying his newfound home and freedom in housing.
Ascencia Client Barron Hopkins was a family man and worked in a profession he truly enjoyed. After years of marriage he separated from his wife, who moved away with their children. He then moved to California to care for an ailing uncle. When his uncle passed away, Barron was evicted from the home. He was homeless and on his own… until he connected with Ascencia.
Living paycheck to paycheck, Adrienne Boswell lost her job and found herself and her child homeless. Taking shelter with friends and family, it could not be a permanent solution. Luckily, with the help of Ascencia, she got a second chance for her and her son.
“Ascencia really was like the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Meet John Sims
John Sims struggled for many years living on the streets of Burbank. He became estranged from his family and had no one else to support him. He decided that it was time to make a change and Ascencia was ready to help him. He now gets to spend the holidays in his new home. Will you help him celebrate? The burden of the holiday can be a set back for many of our families. This holiday, your support can go a long way in helping our families feel at home.
Meet Mike, Gary, Lisa and Tonisha
Meet The Vazquez Family
Rene and his family of five (including their 17 yr old son, 2 yr old daughter, and a newborn) came to Ascencia in the winter of 2010 when it became too cold for the family to continue living out of their car. After a short stay in Ascencia’s emergency Shelter, Rene and family entered Ascencia’s Transitional Housing Program and an apartment of their own.
“I ended giving birth to my son while living at Ascencia and they took on the second parent role as far as making sure we were comfortable and we had everything we needed.”