In March of 2015 we launched Communitas and our poverty recovery program. On behalf of the Board, Priscila, and myself I want to tell you how grateful and privileged we are to have worked with and come to know so many wonderful community partners. Through our combined services and outreach we’ve been able to advance the health and well being of our neighbors while simultaneously strengthening the bonds between agencies, churches, and the city as a whole. By doing good, together:
- Communitas increased access to wages and income supports by an average of 74%
- 50 immigrants received free legal seminars on working and residency
- 1,325 people have been educated about Communitas and local services
- Nearly 600 people received our service resource guides
- Over 300 volunteer hours have been donated
- We collaborate with 15 churches, 9 nonprofits, & several city departments
- Over a dozen families and individuals are now moving out of poverty
From a mother whom we helped escape domestic violence and become independent: “If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have the courage to do this on my own. Having that support changed my whole situation around and made a big difference in my life.”
A man who’d been homeless 4 years and is now working and living on his own: “Without Communitas I don’t think I’d be where I am today.”
All that we accomplished since March 2015 we did working half time. You can imagine how much more good we could do if we had the funds to work full time! That would mean 20 more families getting on their feet or moving out of the homeless shelters.
In 2016, we are launching a monthly series of events out in the community to help people get jobs, handle money better, get healthier, and move forward. This means more free legal seminars, a fiscal literacy class, health assessments, and much more. We won’t be doing this alone. We continue to engage with the community across a number of platforms and with various partners: Glendale Library and Parks, Glendale Healthier Communities Coalition, CV Alliance, Healthy Start Collaborative, AEBG Consortium, Teen Night Out, and many others.
As we approach the close of the year, we ask you to make an investment in helping support those in our community who want to move up and out of poverty. During the month of December, every dollar you give online or mail to the address below will be matched by another donor, up to $5,000. This is a marvelous gift to Communitas and we need to make every dollar count between now and the end of the year.
The need is great. The model is working. Our participants and community is responding:
“I finely feel that I will be able to make it on my own.”
We invite you to join us on this initiative and thank you for your support of the ongoing success of Communitas as we continue Doing good, together!
Glendale Communitas Initiative
350 N Glendale Ave, Ste. B265
Glendale, CA 91206