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Dear Friends,

As we look back on 2018, we are grateful for supporters like you for helping us serve thousands of people in need last year.

At the Los Angeles Mission, we are doing homelessness differently with innovative programs and new approaches including:

RADICAL HELP

-Reaching inside the jails with its Re-Entry Program to guide hundreds of inmates prior to avoid re-incarceration and possible homelessness.

REAL HOPE

-Offering In-House Mental Health Therapy free of cost to those seeking relief and control of their lives again.

RESTORED OPPORTUNITY

-Providing long-term solutions to end the cycle of poverty with higher education opportunities so people may secure better wages

Plus, other proven solution-based programs that not only help people off the streets but also keep them off the streets so they never find themselves in the same predicament again.

In 2018 alone, you helped us provide the following:

• 393,024 warm and healthy meals to homeless men, women and children in need

• 126,984 nights of shelter in our beds in our safe, warm environment

• 370 men and women joined our 12-month residential rehabilitation program

• 135,684 showers to men and women in the community

Your generous support helped us give our community help, hope and opportunity.

The men, women and children we serve sometimes have nowhere else to go. Thanks to you, we are able to provide for their immediate needs with services to help get them back on their feet.

Thank you for your commitment to our Mission. We look forward to another year of serving our community and hope to count on your support again this year.

Sincerely,

Herb Smith

President/CEO

Many thousands continue to join the streets each month despite county-wide efforts and new initiatives to combat homelessness.

Programs that will help long-term are the Mission’s main focus, aside from simply providing for basic needs.

Over 80% of our support comes from individuals like you and me who see the need and do what we can to help.

Together we can continue to provide the following solution-focused programs for our community:

Radical Help.

Bridge Program – 1,063 stays were provided in our bridge program for men and women as they settled into permanent housing.

Abraham H. Pishevar II Pro-BonoLegal Clinic – For the last two years, lawyers donating their time have reviewed hundreds of cases through our clinic and the Public Defender’s office provides services to our community on-site twice a month.

Community Garden – Our rooftop garden continues to provide healthy meals for our community and job training thanks to help from various organizations.

Art Therapy – Monthly art classes were held for the men and women in our program as a form of therapy and self-expression. Classes are taught by trained artists and educators.

Real Hope.

12-Month Life Start Residential Program – 370 men and women joined our program last year on their road to recovery.

Mental Health Therapy – On-site mental health therapy was provided year-round by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for all students enrolled in our program.

Domestic Violence – Ongoing classes were provided for our students through L.A. Christian Health Centers.

Genesis Dorm – 126,984 nights of shelter were provided to our friends and neighbors last year.

Health & Wellness – Physical activity and nutrition were provided daily for the men and women enrolled in our program. Our rooftop urban garden provides healthy foods for the students and our community too.

Restored Opportunity.

Housing – We provided 1,082 housing referrals to men and women seeking permanent solutions.

Career Services – 3,347 men and women were provided career guidance and training through on-site services. 150 men and women attended our annual job fair and dozens of companies were on-site to provide employment opportunities for them.

College Workshops –Quarterly college workshops are provided to men and women in our program to further their education and secure better income along with various scholarship opportunities.

Money Smart – Weekly financial management and budget training classes were held for our Fresh Start participants.

On-Site Job Training – All Fresh Start participants benefited from on-site job training through various working environments including kitchen, warehouse, custodial and office duties.

Urban Training Institute – 173 men and women were provided with educational courses and training at our on-site learning center with our partner, Belmont Adult Education (LAUSD).

12-MONTH LIFE START RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

Recognizing the need to rehabilitate people rather than just providing a meal and a bed, we provide life-changing outcomes to our friends and neighbors through Life Start, career services and our community outreach: Genesis Program. 56 men and women completed the full 12-month program in 2018. All graduates are expected to have housing upon leaving our program, through personal means or with eligible government assistance.

DEMOGRAPHICS

The core constituents are entirely comprised of residents with household incomes under 50% of the area median income. They are generally from the Los Angeles Skid Row and Central City East areas, primarily adults above the age of 18, predominantly men and mostly from minority ethnic groups.

EASTER

2,916 meals served, more than 456 Easter baskets and 1,500 pairs of shoes were distributed at our annual Easter event.

END OF SUMMER ARTS & EDUCATION FAIR

Over 2,250 backpacks full of school supplies were handed out to kids on Skid Row in preparation for the new school year. Each child also received an appointment for a well-child exam – a State requirement for school attendance – as we value and promote the importance of education.

THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving was our largest event with 2,535 guests served and hundreds of volunteers, celebrities, sponsors and media members in attendance. 2,500 warm blankets were distributed in preparation for winter.

CHRISTMAS

Our outdoor space was transformed into a Winter Wonderland with a specially prepared Christmas meal for 2,548 people, toys for children and photos with Santa, as well as health care screenings for each person who attended. Over 2,000 gifts were distributed.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

To view a list of our community partners, please visit

https://losangelesmission.org/who-we-are/community-partners/

EXPANDING OUR REACH

Thanks to our social media efforts, the Mission is reaching literally millions of people each year! We are able to share current needs and real-time answers to prayer like never before. These channels also provide a way for the Mission to be responsive to our donors and supporters in real time. People are learning about our services and interacting with our stories in a truly organic way.

EXPANDING OUR COMMUNITY

When they engage us online, donors can get deeply involved – even when they’re not on our campus. Social media allows the Mission to highlight our many programs and services, providing a peek into the behind-the-scenes world of the work we do. And we love when our donors and supporters share about our work on their own social media pages – it helps our community to grow even more!

EXPANDING OUR SUPPORT

Another benefit of the Mission’s online presence is that we can use our platforms to boost awareness and response for the campaigns featured in our newsletters and in-home mailings. This is especially crucial during times of the year when donations to the Mission slow down, but the needs of those we serve continue.

PROVIDING HELP, HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY TO MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN NEED.

303 East 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 • (213) 629-1227 ext. 400 • losangelesmission.org

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