BEYOND SHELTER

Rating: 5 stars   33 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Economic Development

Location: 1200 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 600 Los Angeles CA 90017 USA

Mission: Beyond Shelter’s mission is:  to develop systemic approaches to combat poverty and homelessness among families with children and to promote family economic security and well-being. Beyond Shelter accomplishes its goals through the following strategies: 1) responsive service delivery; 2) people-centered community development; and 3) the creation of knowledge for social change.Beyond Shelter’s programs in Los Angeles, California, serve as a “laboratory for social change.” Primary among the agency’s initiatives is the Housing First approach to ending family homelessness, which is based firmly on a belief in the human right to housing.  Beyond Shelter’s “Housing First” Program introduced a dramatic innovation in the field: the “housing first” approach, which is currently being adapted by organizations throughout the United States.  In 1999, the Pew Partnership for Civic Change selected the Housing First Program as one of 19 “Solutions for America.”
Results: Since the inception of the Housing First Program in 1988, more than 5,000 families have been assisted to move out of shelters and into permanent, safe and affordable rental housing in residential neighborhoods.
Target demographics: Beyond Shelter serves very low-income and homeless families with children in Los Angeles County. The agency's Institute for Research, Training and Technical Assistance is the division of the organization that conducts research, publishes manuals and policy papers, and provides training to other organizations and cities throughout the United States in innovative methodologies, including "Housing First," which is now also referred to as "Rapid Re-Housing."
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,000
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County, and national for consulting and advocacy
Programs: The "Housing First" Program for homeless families Service-Enriched Housing for families and seniors Neighborhood Revitalization Project in South Los Angeles The Institute for Research, Training and Technical Assistance (offering consulting, training and resources nationwide)

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Rating: 5 stars  

Beyond Shelter has helped me so much. Just three years ago, I walked into their office with no place to go. The moment I stepped into that office, my life changed forever. Now I have my own place, a good job, and now I can take care of my own family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive impact on the community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing, they are doing a great job!

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I am 35 years old and have 3 children. My son is 17 and I have 12 and 8 year old daughters. I had my first child at the age of 17 and had to drop out of high school to care for my son. My mother abandoned us for 10 years due to drug use. I was terrified of my mother's situation, but then I became a drug user and a gang member due to not having a caring mother. I lost my father at 15 years old, and my children's father is in prison. I tried to support my family and make it on my own, but I made a lot of wrong decisions. I got shot 8 times on New Year's Eve in December, 2003 at age 30. Finally I realized that I could not do it on my own. In August, 2008, I entered into a transitional housing program in South Los Angeles with my children, and we were referred to Beyond Shelter's Housing First Program for help getting back into permanent housing. I moved into my permanent housing on November 11, 2010. That was the best thing that happened in my life. My children and I are grateful to Beyond Shelter for the opportunity they have provided for us to have a safe and warm place of our own. I will always be grateful to Beyond Shelter for their help at such a critical time of my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I received case management consisting of budgeting, money management, and individual case plans. I also got a lot of encouragement and emotional help from my case manager. In February, 2011, I will go back to school in order to work in Juvenile Hall. I am looking for full-time employment. My children are going to school. My son is involved in basketball. He is trying to get into college in order to get a higher education. My daughter is trying to get into college in order to become a pediatrician.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I know they need funds and resources to help families.

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Beyond Shelter's program and my case manager are and have been vital in securing me and my son a stable place to live. I am an emancipated foster youth and was emancipated at the age of 18 without the proper support or guidance to help me maintain permanent housing. In February 2007 I became pregnant with my son. I was working at the time but lost my job because of a very difficult pregnancy. In August, 2007, I was accepted into the St. Anne's transitional housing programs for unwed mothers. They referred me to Beyond Shelter. After completing St. Anne's program and moving to other shelter programs, my case manager at Beyond Shelter continued to help me. On December 31, 2010, I moved into permanent housing. I am forever grateful to the Beyond Shelter program for their supportive staff members and all the services that they have provided me with to this very day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been attempting to obtain my AA degree throughout my battle with homelessness and now I can finally continue on. I am halfway done with my 60 units to obtain my degree in Psychology and hope to one day do for someone what has been done for me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know. I know they could use more resources and definitely support for the case managers and others who help families.

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1 person found this review helpful

Beyond Shelter is an A+ agency. They treat clients as if they were family. They don't judge and they work hard to help people get back on their feet. Their goal is to help families overcome barriers to housing and provide ongoing support to them while homeless and after they move into housing. They also assist families with social activities for the kids such Summer and Winter Camp, classes for arts and crafts and dance classes. In addition, they connect families with resources to assist families with their needs. This is a great agency and it can alway use more funding to keep providing the great services that they provide.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen how happy clients who are homeless react when they receive Christmas donations and I have experienced seeing the joy on a parents face when they move into housing or find a job.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see this agency get more funding to help them to continue fighting the battle of poverty and the homeless. I would like to see this agency have more access to getting Section 8 vouchers for familes.

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5 people found this review helpful

Beyond Shelter was encouraging, motivating, hardworking, and persistent in helping us get back on our feet thank you Beyond Shelter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The contact and encouragement of the case managers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The best people I have ever met!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand, offer more neccassary help with programs that would hold the clients accountable for their own success

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The lost of funding and helping hands (volunteers) the loss of interest in helping in these areas.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I was homeless, pregnant, and scared when I came to this program. But God showed me a way to be better for myself. He gave me strenght to go on with my life. Now I have my my own place, my son is in school and my whole life has changed for the better. Thanks be to God for this program I am truly Blessed and grateful.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their perservance in helping and sivining assiastance.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Better help a lot more people.

Ways to make it better...

I would have better understood the services sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

none

One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Beyond Shelter came into our lives (my family's) 7 years ago, while we were homeless. It was a really hard time because my mom who already had 9 children was pregnant with her 10th child. The fact that we had no money at all did not help our situation. Beyond Shelter kept finding us potential homes, but we were denied every time because of the number of children homes, but they never gave up on us and found us the home we live til today, in which we have also been helped financially. We are truly grateful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the need of more volunteers, and money

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Helping my family (helping us find a home.)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful, caring, encouraging, and generous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help millions of homeless families find a home.

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The need of more volunteers and money

One thing I'd also say is that...

none

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I was a victim of a crime and I had to move. I entered a homeless shelter and the shelter referred me to Beyond Shelter. They have helped me obtain housing and help giving Christmas gifts and advocacy when i needed it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It has helped me get housing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I could afford my apartment

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very helpful to me and my daughter.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more people and build more low income homes.

Ways to make it better...

Housing was a little bit faster.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

More section 8 vouchers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I came to Beyond Shelter seeking help with housing. I was living with relatives when i was a victim of a crime. Now thanks to Beyond Shelter i am working and have a home for my 2 kids. I am so grateful for the help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The love and support they give before and after you receive housing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do more outreach with homeless

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They were great mentors.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help more families get housing.

Ways to make it better...

The organization had more funds.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Needing more funds and hiring more staff.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If they could help pay for more job training programs and school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I became homeless when my grandmother's house was overcrowded and I was asked to leave because there was no more room for my son and I. I went to Beyond Shelter for assistance. Beyond Shelter was so much help. They gave me housing, clothing, food, house equipment, and love.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They way they supported me through my trials and tribulations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My case worker Janice Garcia and all she has done for me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Understanding and not judgmental

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help more women like myself.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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