NELA Winter Access Center

For: Northeast Los Angeles Homeless
Los Angeles, CA
Organizer: Recycled Resources for the Homeless
NELA Winter Access Center (Northeast Los Angeles Homeless)
$15,946
of $75,000 goal.
Raised by 101 donors
21% Complete

The Story

We would like to thank each and every community member that has supported our work so far. We have been able to offer shelter to 30+ people a night. Our neighbors living without shelter are very appreciative of all the love and support they have received. 

PLEASE NOTE: Although we have gotten some funds to run the shelter from the LAHSA it is just to cover staff at the shelter. We are still responsible for providing food, transportation, daily living supplies and other essential items to our guest. We are still in very much need of the support of our community.

As El Nino is approaching we are calling for support from our community to help us provide a safe place to sleep during the cold wet winter nights for all our neighbors experiencing homelessness. 
There is an increasing number of your neighbors who are entering into and experiencing homelessness however our Northeast Los Angeles community does not have homeless services. The closest winter shelter this year, offering only 34 beds, is located in skid row; there are over 350 people in NELA who exist without shelter. This winter, Recycled Resources for the Homeless (RRH) is reaching out to our neighbors for support. Our goal is to raise $40,000 to cover costs of our Winter Access Center. Our center will be located at All Saints Episcopal Church in Highland Park and open December 1st - March 1st. We need to cover costs for heating, water, electricity, bedding, food etc. With the threat of a strong El Nino this winter RRH wants to be proactive rather than reactive for our neighbors sleeping along the Arroyo Seco and Los Angeles Rivers. 

Recycled Resources for the Homeless (RRH)is an all volunteer nonprofit organization operating in the Northeast LA community since 2009 and is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.  All donations are tax deductible. The goal of our Winter Access Center is not only to provide a safe warm place to sleep. This center will be a place to assess and engage folks experiencing homelessness. It will be a place to complete CES surveys in order to link individuals to services, putting them into the que for housing opportunities. It will provide a supportive environment with case management, support groups, and allow people to check in with us, as many people we engage do not have a phone or a permanent address. It will provide an opportunity to develop life skills needed to transition from living outdoors to living indoors. But most of all, it will provide a safe trusting supportive environment where relationships can develop; this is perhaps the most vital when assisting someone in securing and maintaining housing.

Your donation can assist us in improving the lives of so many.
Our goal is to have at least 40 people matched to permanent housing by March 1, 2016. 
Any amount will be greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance! 

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 11, 2016

Posted on January 11, 2016

We would like to thank you all for supporting our work in helping our neighbors living without shelters, your generosity has been overwhelming and we are so grateful.

Posted on December 21, 2015

Posted on December 21, 2015

*Urgent* The NELA Winter Access Center needs your help! Due to the Shelter's popularity, we are facing enormous utility bills over the next few weeks. We are awaiting city funding, which will take several weeks to become accessible. To tide us over through the holidays, we need to raise $5000 by December 31st in order to keep the lights on and the heat running so we can continue to serve the needs of our most vulnerable citizens. Thank you and Happy Holidays! 

Posted on December 12, 2015

Posted on December 12, 2015

We are deeply apreaciative for all the support we have recieved thus far, know that you are impacting the lives of 30+ homeless neighbors. Thank you  all.

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