- Christina on St. Francis High School Day of Service at Ascencia – 2/2/13
- Ben@streetlevel on St. Francis High School Day of Service at Ascencia – 2/2/13
- Christina on Homeless Memorial Day to Remember Friends Like Wilbur
- C. S. on Homeless Memorial Day to Remember Friends Like Wilbur
- Natalie on Memorial Day 2012
Happy Mother’s Day …..
To all the moms in our Ascencia Family,
To the moms everywhere who are struggling to shelter, feed and diaper their children,
To the moms who are blessed enough to give back and help other moms,
We are thinking of you with love and wish you a beautiful day.
Suffering through homelessness with children is one of the hardest things some moms go through, so we’re hoping today is extra special for moms like *Mary.
Mary and her four kids were thrown out of their apartment and forced to live in their car.
After school one afternoon, they arrived home to find everything they owned outside on the sidewalk. The landlord had kicked them out and changed the locks to the door, to their home.
It was illegal for the landlord to throw Mary and the kids out of their home that way; but with little money, the pressure to find work and take care of the kids, Mary didn’t have the resources or time to fight the illegal eviction.
So they moved into their car- a beat up old Cadillac. Two teenagers, two pre-teens, a service dog and Mary; in a car that seats five. They had nowhere else to live, so they made sacrifices and made it work. The kids learned to do their homework in the park or in the car and shower at park sinks.
Like most homeless moms, Mary made sacrifices for her children that most of us never have to consider; during the school year Mary slept in a sleeping bag on the sidewalk next to the car, so that the kids could get a good nights rest.
After four months of living in their car, Mary found Ascencia and the family was able to move into the emergency shelter and then into a transitional housing program, where they are spending their Mother’s Day.
You can help support Moms like Mary by making a donation today.
(Donations can be made in honor of your mother, too!)
Happy Mothers Day.
*As Mary and her kids are still working to get out of homelessness, all names have been changed.
PATH Achieve Glendale plans to move in 2013 to new permanent headquarters in southeast Glendale, at 1851 Tyburn St. Renovation of an existing warehouse will begin in late 2011, scheduled to be completed in early 2013. At nearly 12,000 square feet, the new space will replace the existing Access Center and Emergency Housing Program. The new building will include service offices, a large living room, dining area with high ceiling, and a commercial kitchen. Sleeping quarters will move to the second floor, offering more privacy for residents. In addition there will be an accessible family bathroom with tub for families with small children and people with mobility challenges. We will continue to have 40 beds of emergency housing for families and individuals. With community space separate from the bed area, we plan to have more group activities for clients and the community.
In addition to new headquarters, PATH Achieve will have its first building dedicated to permanent supportive housing. The 9 unit apartment building, located around the corner from PATH Achieve’s new headquarters, has five one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units. Residents will be clients from PATH Achieve’s Access Center and Emergency Housing programs. The housing will be affordable to extremely low-income families and individuals, giving them the opportunity to further stabilize their finances and ultimately move on to market rate housing. Walking distance to the new Access Center on Tyburn, the building is expected to open in 2012.
In an effort to end chronic homelessness in Glendale, PATH Achieve Glendale and the City of Glendale have joined Common Ground’s 100,000 Homes Campaign. 100,000 Homes is a national grassroots effort to find and place the most vulnerable, long-term homeless individuals into 100,000 homes by July 2013.
100,000 Homes Campaign in Glendale
The City of Glendale, PATH Achieve and a growing list of partners, are planning a Registry Week to find and identify persons who are homeless in Glendale. The goal of the Glendale Registry Week is to create a by-name registry of people living on our streets; allowing us to prioritize those who have been out there the longest and who are the most vulnerable. What we learn together during this week will help us reduce chronic homelessness in Glendale and will help assure we are targeting our efforts in ways that are life saving for the most vulnerable homeless.
Glendale Registry Week May 1-6th!
From May 1-5th volunteers will find and survey people living on the streets of Glendale. Surveys will be compiled into a database after everyday when teams return from surveying. On Friday May 6th in the Council Chambers at City Hall, the survey findings will be presented to the community. Please sign up to volunteer, or RSVP for the Community Debriefing here.
Join the Campaign- find out HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Volunteers and participants needed! Sign Up Here! LearnMore Here! The campaign is recruiting dedicated volunteers to canvass Glendale’s streets and survey the city’s most vulnerable homeless people. To ensure the most accurate count possible, we will survey individuals during the early morning hours for three consecutive days. Other volunteer and participation opportunities are available. Please visit bit.ly/GlendaleVolunteers to sign up, or see bit.ly/VolunteerInfo for more information about volunteering.
Sponsorship funds will be used to cover any Registry Week costs that cannot be secured through donation. The remaining, and bulk, of the sponsorship funds will be put into a HOUSING FUND to benefit the placement and housing of Glendale’s most vulnerable homeless. When housing is secured for homeless individuals in Glendale the HOUSING FUND will cover move in costs which may include security and utility deposits.
Glendale Registry Week Sponsors!
Major Donors: ♦ Glendale Management Association and ♦ First United Methodist Church of Glendale
Please join us for a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, December 21st at 5 p.m. in front of INSIDE the Glendale Armory (220 East Colorado Blvd.). We will be gathering to remember homeless people who have died in the last year, as part of a national day of remembrance.
Click here for a printable flyer.