Imagine LA empowers families to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. It began in 2006 as an initiative of Bel Air Presbyterian Church and in 2007 became an independent nonprofit organization.
Imagine LA was founded by Rev. Dr. Mark Brewer, who had a powerful idea: There were over 8,000 homeless families in Los Angeles, and over 8,000 faith communities -- imagine if each of these faith communities partnered with a family and aided them in permanently exiting homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency?
Imagine LA facilitates a a highly structured mentorship program that matches families transitioning from homelessness with volunteer mentor teams formed within faith communities, companies, and other committed organizations. Together, they progress through a two-year program that teaches life skills, aids the families in accessing resource, instills confidence and allows every member of the family to thrive.
Families' progress through the two-year program is tracked and assessed through Imagine LA’s proprietary Performance Measurement Matrix. Eight key areas of each family’s life (for example, Financial Literacy and Childhood Education/Development) are scored upon entry in the program and every six months thereafter.
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