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Glendale Communitas Initiative

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The Glendale Communitas Initiative provides community-wide poverty prevention and recovery programs personalized for individuals and families.

“Downward mobility” and crushing poverty is a very real and daily experience for over 40,000 of our neighbors. Through a combination of direct and indirect support, we work every day to provide a way forward for each of them. The Glendale Communitas Initiative provides community-wide poverty prevention and recovery programs personalized for individuals and families. In order to help people step and out of poverty and get back on their feet, we collaborate with various civic, business, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations to mobilize local resources and programs to help people move from crisis to stability. It is the combination of personalized care and access to resources delivered in an environment of hope and achievement that is leading our participants to success. Communitas firmly believes that it is only by – Doing good, together! – that we can help our neighbors and make life a little better for each of us.

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CV Alliance

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CV Alliance is nonprofit service organization whose mission is to prevent and educate about drug addiction and alcohol abuse among youth in the Crescenta Valley.

As a grassroots coalition of community members, parents, law enforcement, teachers, and healthcare professionals, CV Alliance strengthens families and youth support systems with programs and information about how to identify and prevent underage drug and alcohol use.

In addition to sponsoring specific programs that combat drug abuse and alcohol addiction among young people, CV Alliance supports community awareness events, parent resource workshops, and prescription drug collection sites that make the Crescenta Valley a safer place to live.  CV Alliance also organizes and helps to facilitate collaborations between strategic partners in the community to help reduce the prevalence of substance abuse among local youth.

CV Alliance is partially funded by a federal grant from the White House, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Drug Free Communities Support Program and private donations.

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Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley

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Since 1933, Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley (PPPSGV) has ensured broad public access to reproductive health care and family planning through medical services, education, and advocacy.

As a safety-net provider for 24 communities in the San Gabriel Valley, Planned Parenthood provides birth control, life-saving cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, screenings for common health conditions, annual exams, vaccines, education and more. All services are offered at low-to-no cost to individuals and families, whether they have insurance or not. Our service area extends east to west from Glendora to Glendale, and north to south from the San Gabriel Mountains to the San Bernardino Freeway.

Health Centers

  • Eagle Rock Health Center, 1578 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041
  • Alhambra Health Center, 320 S. Garfield Ave. #126, Alhambra, CA 91801
  • Pasadena Health Center, 1045 Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104
  • Glendora Health Center, 130 W Rte 66 #100, Glendora, CA 91740

To schedule an appointment at any of our health centers call: 626.798.0706

To schedule an appointment online go to


Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley’s education programs offer medically accurate and age appropriate sexuality education so that individuals have the information and skills needed to make safer and healthier decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Every workshop is uniquely designed to fit the needs of the diverse communities throughout Glendale and the San Gabriel Valley. The curricula provide interactive exercises and activities that discuss sexuality in a positive, safe, and creative environment. These sessions move beyond the topics of sexually transmitted infections and birth control to address the complex issues associated with sex, sexuality, relationships, communication, and responsible decision-making.

PPPSGV Education works with all members of the community—from middle and high school- aged youth, to transitional and foster youth, youth serving professionals, parents/guardians, foster parents, community based organizations, and more! To schedule an education session or receive more information about our education services, please contact our Community Education and Outreach Manager, Sandra Abarca at or call 626.794.5737 ext 144.

Advocacy & Volunteering with PPPSGV

Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley engages in strategic advocacy to ensure access to healthcare for all. For more information or to get involved, contact Rachael Rose-Stern at x111. PPPSGV also offers numerous internships and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. For further inquiry, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Cammie Bo, at

To receive other news and information about Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, email

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The Campbell Center

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The mission of The Campbell Center is to provide adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to achieve their highest level of independence through residential placement; vocational training and job placement; socialization and education. Services are provided at Alma House, David Gogian House, Hamilton House, The Campbell Vocational Training Center (VTC), Supported Employment Program (SEP), Pastimes, Multi-cultural Program and Vocational Integration Program (VIP).

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All For Health (AFH)

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All For Health, Health For All (AFH) is a non-profit community clinic located in Glendale, California. More than 31% of AFH’s primary service area is located within a federally designated Medically Underserved Area (MUA) , while nearly 60% of AFH’s patients live in an MUA. Access is assured for all patients regardless of ability to pay. In 2003, AFH served 5,869 unduplicated users through 18,780 encounters.

The United Way 2003 State of the County Report indicates that almost 32.6% of Los Angeles Service Planning Area (SPA) 2, in which AFH is located, shows residents living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), with those communities from which patients hail, having even higher rates at 36% for Glendale and 48.7% for North Hollywood. The portion of adjacent SPA 4, which also encompasses a portion of AFH’s service area, has 54.8% of its residents living at or below this standard. Public assistance recipients number more than 250,000 in each of the SPAs. Their poverty status has been compounded in recent years by escalating rents, which have increased by an estimated 32% in the past two years.

In addition to the area’s high rate of poverty, it is also ethnically diverse. According to the 2000 Census, the largest minority group in AFH’s service area is Latinos, at 20.7%, followed by Asian and Pacific Islanders, at 14.6%, other (two or more) races at 7.6%, and African Americans at 1.5%. What is not easily reflected in this census data is the high numbers of Armenian and Russian immigrants, most of who do not speak English, and who lack health insurance and access to culturally competent care. A telling statistic is that eight percent of the people in AFH’s service area, who do not speak English well, speak an Indo-European language other than Spanish (Census 2000). This is much higher than the percentage of Indo-European speakers throughout Los Angeles County, which is less than one percent. An estimated 500,000 Armenians live today in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Among issues that confront health care providers are the Armenian immigrant’s understanding of American values and their trust of helping resources. Having lived under the Soviet regime, patients often are suspect of everyone other than fellow Armenians. “If the name doesn’t end with ‘ian’,” states Dr. Joseph Dadourian, a clinical psychologist and mental health consultant to a local Glendale High School, “there is immediate distrust.” Consequently, their utilization of community-based health services outside of the Armenian community is low.

According to the Census 2000, in the AFH service area, 112,015 individuals, or 33.9% of the population, is below 200%of the FPL. Nearly one-half of residents—49,637—or 15% of the population, are below 100%. Educational attainment in many portions of the area is low; more than 20%of the area’s residents do not have a high school diploma, including nearly 10% with less than a ninth grade education.

An estimated 95% of AFH’s patients are living at or below 200% of the FPL. Only five percent of the patient population is able to pay for the services they receive. An estimated 20%qualifies for Medi-Cal, 15% qualifies for the Medicare Program, and 60% are uninsured. The majority (at least 60%) of the clinic population is comprised of first-generation Armenians and Russians; Latinos comprise approximately 20%African-Americans represent about five percent and Asian Pacific Islanders and whites represent approximately 15%. The vast majority of patients are unemployed (approximately 90%), and 95% depend on some form of public assistance. The median household income of clinic patients is $700 each month, and the median age is 57 years, with 40% more than 65 years of age.

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Walk Bike Glendale

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Walk Bike Glendale formed in 2011, and became a local chapter of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) in 2014. Walk Bike Glendale advocates for vibrant and safe places to walk and bike, promote walking and bicycling as fun and sustainable alternatives to driving, educate to increase safety on our streets, and inspire the community to get involved and make a difference.

Mission Statement

Walk Bike Glendale advocates for vibrant and safe places to walk and bike, promote walking and bicycling as fun and sustainable alternatives to driving, educate to increase safety on our streets, and inspire the community to get involved and make a difference.

Vision Statement

To make Glendale a city where everyone feels safe to walk and bike.

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Partners in Care Foundation

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Partners in Care Foundation (Partners) emerged as a 50l(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 1997 as a think-tank and proving ground founded to serve as a catalyst for shaping a new vision of health care by partnering with organizations, families and community leaders in the work of changing health care systems, changing communities and changing lives.

Partners is a key player in bridging health care and community services for people with multiple chronic conditions and disseminating evidence-based health programs throughout care systems and community settings. For more than 15 years of work in building alternatives to institutional care, Partners was at the forefront of reducing readmissions long before the issue gained national prominence under the Affordable Care Act.

Our core programs focus on preventing falls, improving chronic disease self-management, resolving dangerous medication errors, averting costly hospitalizations and preventing premature nursing home placements in low-income communities. Partners’ numerous nationally respected evidence-based programs to advance positive changes in patient self-care to prevent decline and improve health and support independence for older adults and those with chronic conditions and progressive illness.

Mission Statement

To serve as a catalyst for shaping a new vision of health care by partnering with organizations, families and community leaders in the work of changing health care systems, changing communities and changing lives.

Vision Statement

Partners in Care is a transforming presence, an innovator and an advocate to shape the future of health care through new programs that promote optimal health and quality of life for all, by:

  • Upholding a vision of care that is never complacent with the status quo, addressing the new challenges in each new era of health care.
  • Acting as a catalyst for change in models of care delivery and individual self-management of health.
  • Fostering collaboration to advance commitment to best possible outcomes.
  • Sharing what we learn.
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Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County

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Girls on the Run is a transformational learning program for girls in 3rd – 8th grades. Through games, discussions and workouts, the program unleashes girls’ confidence through accomplishment while beginning a lifetime of healthy habits. GOTR lessons inspire girls to:

  • Celebrate their bodies
  • Honor their voices
  • Recognize their gifts
  • Activate their power

Mission Statement

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Vision Statement

To positively transform how girls and women perceive themselves and their significance in society!

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Comprehensive Community Health Centers

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CCHC is headquartered at 801 South Chevy Chase Dr, Suite 20, Glendale CA 91205. CCHC operates four clinics in Glendale at 801 South Chevy Chase Drive in Suite 250, Highland Park at 5059 York Blvd, Eagle Rock at 1704 Colorado Blvd, and North Hollywood at 12157 Victory Blvd. CCHC provides medical, dental, mental health, preventive and educational services for all lifecycles in its communities’ languages. Providing over 100,000 visits to over 35,000 patients, CCHC is among the top ten Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Los Angeles County.

CCHC offers a full range of services and programs that form a comprehensive primary health care system. Each clinic addresses the corporate-wide goals and objectives for care of infants through seniors. CCHC’s methodology for primary care intervention is three-pronged: 1) preventing the start of illness with services such as immunization and health education, 2) controlling acute episodic illnesses with timely access to care, and 3) managing chronic diseases. In addition, CCHC’s model of care focuses on removing barriers to care by decreasing wait-time, expanding hours of operation, ensuring culturally and linguistically competent health care providers, and providing care regardless of ability to pay.

Mission Statement

The mission of CCHC is to ensure the health and wellness of each individual so they may reach their fullest human potential within a caring environment.

Vision Statement

It achieves this mission through its vision of:

  • Providing a medical home of sensitivity, respect and trust.
  • Providing everyone with accessible, high-quality health and wellness services.
  • Serving the vulnerable, the fragile, and those with special problems.
  • Evolving to meet the health and wellness needs of the community.
  • Using the best medical practice standards providing a continuum of care for all.
  • Collaborating with others to advance the well-being of everyone.
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Ascencia has provided housing and services to homeless individuals and families since 2006, when it was founded as PATH Achieve Glendale. But that was not the beginning. In 1995, concerned Glendale residents and organizations, including the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and the Verdugo Jobs Center, came together to form a multi-service center to help homeless people in the area address multiple needs. The multi-service center included street outreach, employment services, substance abuse recovery assistance, benefits advocacy, an onsite health clinic and psychiatric services, as well as an adjacent shelter. The project added a transitional housing program and permanent supportive housing and became Project ACHIEVE. Also during this time, the Guest Chef program launched, bringing together local volunteers who purchased, cooked and served dinner to the shelter residents. By 2005, Project ACHIEVE’s operator informed the City of Glendale it would no longer run the programs. The City operated the programs for six months until People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) created a new organization, PATH Achieve Glendale, to manage the programs. Nick Lam of Pacific BMW agreed to chair the new Board of Directors and in 2007, they hired Natalie Komuro as Executive Director.

Mission Statement

Ascencia’s mission is to end homelessness in the greater Glendale area, one person, one family at a time. We envision a community where people in need can find safe affordable housing and access resources to become self-sufficient.

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The Salvation Army Glendale

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The Salvation Army Glendale Corps and Community Center is the heart of 8 dynamic programs serving the local area. Through community lead strategic planning and creative responses to need, the Glendale Corps continues to look for fresh ways to tackle the challenging problems we face locally and globally. From youth education to human trafficking, we are pursuing a mission that is responsive to the spiritual and social needs of our community.

We are always looking for new partners to join us in our work, and our staff are available to answer questions and guide people through the exciting world of charitable giving and volunteer service.

The Salvation Army is also a church, with services held on Sunday mornings. The local congregation is a vital partner in our community programs and works along side our advisory board, volunteers, and donors to fullfil our mission. We invite you to join us next Sunday at 11am.

Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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Glendale Healthy Kids

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In 1993, the Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation formed a committee to determine the health needs of underprovided children in the community. A needs assessment revealed that uninsured children of the working poor were particularly limited in their ability to receive preventative care. Local emergency rooms and school nurses were providing primary care to the children who had no other access to physicians, dentists or specialists. As a result, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Unified School District, and the City of Glendale joined together and formed Glendale Healthy Kids.

Mission Statement

To provide affordable or no cost quality healthcare to children who have no access to insurance or are under-insured. Glendale Healthy Kids ensures that children have access to health care and health education.

Vision Statement

A community in which every child has optimal health.

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Glendale YWCA

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Since 1926, the YWCA of Glendale has worked to improve our community by increasing the status of women, girls and families. Often ahead of its time with remarkable vision, the YWCA has tackled problems such as domestic violence, child care needs, poverty and health care for women. Our programs and services continue to be guided by a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. We invite you to join the YWCA in our mission to advance women and families.

Mission Statement

Empowering women and children in our community to achieve independence, self-sufficiency and a life free from violence.

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Glendale YMCA

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The YMCA of Glendale was founded in 1922, born out of the resident’s desire to enrich the quality of life. Overseen by its own members, who volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors, it is managed by other volunteers and paid staff. The YMCA has quietly provided answers to Glendale’s changing needs. Today, its 5,000 current active members represent every section of our community. It serves hundreds of additional children through the summer camp programs.

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Community Foundation of the Verdugos

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The Community Foundation of the Verdugos provides financial support to a broad range of charitable and educational endeavors within the geographic area served by the Foundation. It is the goal of the Foundation to provide philanthropic leadership and act as a catalyst in identifying and addressing evolving community needs.

Financial support to the community is accomplished by administering/dispersing gifts and grants according to donor wishes or by using the income earned from unrestricted gift investments toward a permanently endowed fund for charitable distribution via grants back to area non-profits. Charitable financial support is also provided through scholarships.

As a public charity, the Community Foundation of the Verdugos takes its obligation to operate in the public eye and the public interest very seriously. Accordingly, we make our informational federal tax filings and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Internal Revenue Service letters available to the public. For copies of our most recent IRS Form 990 filings, you may contact our office in person or by mail for details (this includes the IRS Form 990-T, which the Foundation does not currently file, but should the Foundation be in the situation to File IRS Form 990-T, it will also be available). We are audited annually by an independent, certified public accountant and our financials are available by contacting the Foundation office. Our annual reports can be viewed on this website, or you may contact our office for a copy. Fund information, which includes fee structures, is also available through our office. Funds are invested and overseen by our Investment Committee under the management of Jeffrey C. Peter, financial advisor, with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Glendale, CA. The Foundation office can be contacted at (818) 241-8040, fax (818) 241-8045, or email at

Mission Statement

To build enduring resources for the benefit of people in the Verdugo area. For good. For ever. The mission of The Community Foundation of the Verdugos is to provide counsel to donors and financial support to diverse needs in the communities we serve.

Glendale College Foundation

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In 1983, a group of dedicated community volunteers came together on behalf of Glendale Community College and created the Glendale College Foundation. Their vision—to establish a charitable foundation that would support college facilities and programs and build public awareness of the college—is today’s reality.

The Foundation, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008, now achieves its goals through various fundraising programs and special events. It has an endowment of almost $8 million, with more than 350 funds that support scholarships, facilities and programs. Through its public information programs, the Foundation gives community groups an inside look at the college. A distinguished and active thirty-five member Board of Directors provides steady guidance and support and formulates the policies, goals, and directions of the foundation.

Objectives of the foundation are: to create public awareness of the needs of the college; to promote the college to business and industry and the greater Glendale community; and to raise funds for facilities and programs.

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Glendale Chamber of Commerce

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As the Glendale Chamber embarks on the next 100 years as the city’s “Voice of Business,” we remain strongly committed to serving each one of our members, cultivating prospective members to further strengthen the organization, and continually keeping pace – and even ahead – of changing business needs. The Chamber supports sound, stable economic growth, working to increase prosperity by encouraging growth of existing business and nurturing new enterprise. We are a respected voice for the business and professional community on critical issues and a clearinghouse for plans and proposals affecting Glendale’s future. As a catalyst creating partnerships with other private and public agencies and interests, the Chamber helps solve problems and pursue opportunities affecting the community. Chamber leadership is “at the table” on boards and advisory committees throughout the community dealing with business-related policy issues of interest to the members.

Mission Statement

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the needs of business and improving the quality of life in our community.

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Armenian Relief Society

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The Armenian Relief Society of Western U.S.A. (ARS) is a philanthropic non-profit organization dedicated to community and cultural service. The ARS serves the social, health and welfare needs of the community; promotes the Armenian language and culture; provides financial assistance to students; assists victims of natural disasters and wars; fosters the spirit of good fellowship among ARS members and community; and advocates human rights and social change in civil society. The ARS has 27 chapters in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Utah, and affiliate organizations in 27 countries, including the ARS of Eastern U.S.A. and Canada.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Armenian Relief Society of Western U.S.A. is to help people in economic and social distress and promote community and civic involvement in local and international arenas.

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American Red Cross

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The American Red Cross Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter serves Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose, and the surrounding communities. The Chapter was chartered on August 7, 1917.

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that…

…all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

…our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

…everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

…all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and

…in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

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Wellness Works

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Wellness Works is an organization through which our community can create, support, and be part of providing a space for veterans to heal the stress and wounds of military service. As we promote the loving reintegration of veterans back into the surrounding community and honor their service, we strengthen our bond as a community. Our work is sustained by community investments of time, service and money.

Mission Statement

Wellness Works engages the community in restoring a sense of wholeness of body and soul to veterans and their families.

Vision Statement

Through helping to restore a sense of wholeness to veterans and their families, we envision helping to restore a sense of soul to our nation’s health care system. The larger impact being a world that understands that peace within one’s self creates peace in the world.

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Door of Hope

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Door of Hope runs a transitional housing program for homeless families with children, after school programs for homeless children and a rapid re-housing program. We have facilities in Pasadena (headquarters since 1985) and Glendale. We can house up to 21 families at a time and they stay with us from 3-12 months. Our Pasadena site is for 2 parent families and single dads with children and our Glendale site is for homeless women with children with a special accommodation for domestic violence victims.

Mission Statement

The Door of Hope Mission Statement is “To equip homeless families to rebuild their lives.”

Vision Statement

Door of Hope compassionately serving homeless families through a vibrant and effective organization that brings glory to God.

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Ark Family Center, Inc.

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Ark Family Center, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Glendale, California. We provide programs that assist youth and adults to develop Emotional Intelligence, which leads them to live their life with intention and choice. By increasing their emotional intelligence, participants are able to create lives based on making healthy choices, and are able to free themselves from unhealthy behaviors and past trauma, which may have been passed down from generation to generation. or the past decade, Ark Family Center has provided the people of Los Angeles County with counseling, coaching, and workshops that help our participants and clients to increase their emotional intelligence and thereby make better choices in their lives. The core workshop we offer is called Create Freedom and Awareness (CFA) (see below for more info) , a six week training designed to increase the emotional intelligence of participants.

Mission Statement

The Ark Family Center’s mission is to provide innovative tools for youth to excel, and assist women who have experienced*trauma. *(Woman Veterans and domestic Violence survivors)

Vision Statement

The vision of Ark Family Center, Inc. is to be the place youth and adults choose to go to in order to receive training and coaching when they want to make positive changes in their lives.