Southern California Program

Imagine LA

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
$225,000
June 2019

Imagine LA (ILA) is dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty and family homelessness.  Its Family Empowerment and Mentorship (FEM) program uniquely combines intensive case management, individualized mentorship, financial wellness/workforce development coaching, and linkages to public and private resources.  Master’s level social workers partner with newly housed families to help them stabilize, set goals, and access community resources to address the complex issues they face.  Simultaneously, ILA staff recruits volunteer mentors (one for each member of a family over age five, and a financial wellness mentor for the head-of-household) and guides them in building nurturing relationships with their mentees to help them achieve their goals.  A two-year W. M. Keck Foundation grant is supporting ILA’s recruiting 225 mentors for 75 families to further embed its FEM program in South Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, and launch in West Los Angeles.  It is expected that these and other ILA families will remain housed and that of the heads of households, 65% will be on solid school or workforce pathways, and 50% will increase their earned income.

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