MEND - Meet Each Need with Dignity

Rating: 5 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Food, Health, Human Services

Location: 10641 N. San Fernando Road Pacoima CA 91331 USA

Mission: With dignity and respect, powered by volunteers, MEND’s mission is to break the bonds of poverty by providing basic human needs and a pathway to self-reliance.
Target demographics: Low-income families and individuals.
Programs: EMERGENCY FOODBANK - Each month, the MEND Foodbank and the Emergency Food Assistance Program serve as many as 25,000 people both on and offsite through 30 organizations and outreach programs. Boxes containing a nutritionally balanced three-day supply of food go to those most in need. MEND receives generous donations from area farms, manufacturers, distributors, individuals, schools, businesses and churches. These donations were close $5 million in 2009. The Food Rescue Program is a vital part of the MEND Foodbank as daily stops are made to area markets to "rescue" food that approaches its sell-by date. Another key facet of the Foodbank are two job-training programs (for Food Service & Warehouse Workers). CLOTHING CENTER - The clothing center is a crucial resource for families and individuals in need. They receive necessary clothing, shoes, blankets and small household items. Baby items and children's clothes are also available. The job trainees in the Clothing Center gain experience in inventory and display management. HEALTH CENTER - Dental, medical and vision care is provided by volunteer health professionals to more than 5,000 patients a year. The Medical Clinic includes family practice, chiropractic, acupuncture, and specialty clinics for diabetes, hypertension, women's health, and healthy aging. The Vision Clinic offers vision screenings and eye glasses. The Dental Clinic provides general dentistry (exams and restorative services such as cleanings, fillings, extractions and sealants) as well as endodontics (root canals) and periodontics. All Clinics provide preventative health education, free prescriptions and, if necessary, referral arrangements for more specialized or surgical services. Training in dental assisting and medical office work is provided to those interested in pursuing careers in these fields. SEWING PROGRAM - The 12-week course teaches participants not only how to make their own clothing, but also prepare them to work in the clothing industry. HOMELESS PROGRAM - Hot lunches are provided to the homeless as well as emergency food and clothing. A shower program is available twice a week. There are currently over 200 homeless people using the shower program. GENERAL SERVICES - Volunteers assist individuals in need with information and referrals, food stamp documentation, bus tokens, low-income utilites and tax filing; They also make as many as 1500 home cisits annually to assess needs, make referrals and determine the eligibility for MEND services and programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being involved -- I can tell you they do a fantastic job of caring for the underserved .
Whether it be the food service [eat in &/or groceries for home], clothing, showers for the homeless or the whole range of Medical, Vision & Dental services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work both in The Medical Clinic and the Food Bank. They do an outstanding job of providing a full range of services for the needy. Medical, Dental and Vision Care, + Food Bank + Soup Kitchen as well as a Clothing Store, showers for the Homeless plus a small grocery type store with donated items. Art

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I look at MEND, I see something beautiful and breathtaking happening simultaneously. I see an organization that is built to truly Meet Each Need with Dignity. A tremendous amount of love and forethought has gone into how MEND has has been envisioned, established, and enRiched. MEND reaches a vast amount of families in need right here in the heart of the valley, and greatly enriches their lives, in an incredible facility, and with an inspired and talented team of leaders, experts, and volunteers. Most of all, MEND creates dynamic and profound good, in such a comprehensive and altruistic way.

I've had the privilege and honor of working with MEND as both a volunteer, as well as professionally in the field of non-profit community work. I've observed some amazing accomplishments, and seen first hand, what a beautifully run non-profit this is for myself. The volunteers, staff, board, and leaders, seem to have a great dynamic, because the events are fun and festive, the vibe is always inclusive, and the results are absolutely astonishing.

MEND also really knows how to create great results, when you provide them with resources. They are great at taking on donations and opportunities, and saving massive amounts of valuable resources and food, from spoiling or otherwise being wasted. One of the best food pantries there is, anywhere, check it out for yourself. MEND can handle donations with expert precision, and utilizes a very highly developed network here in Los Angeles, to insure the maximum impact of every donated dollar, resource, and hour. MEND is more efficient than any business can be, because it matters to MEND, and it shows in how they serve.

As a volunteer, I worked on several different events, and on each occasion the MEND volunteers were all really fun, honest, good, loving people, making a difference together and feeling good while doing it. A lot of creativity in the fund raisers MEND puts together, never a dull moment, with such joy in the way this organization expresses: Giving.

MEND has an amazing kitchen onsite, at it's heart, and that gives it this true foodie element, as well as a lot of character and joy. People love to come together and cook up something beautiful for the community. The food that is prepared there is excellent!

MEND your world, it deserves you.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Meet Each Need with Dignity has been there to support the Skidrow Ministry (through Christian Assembly) for many years now. MEND'S resources has contributed to the improvement of the lives of those we minister. I was part of the Ministry the first few years when I learned about the power of food. Every week, I witnessed the smiles of people whose hearts began to burn for the Lord and who began to have hope in their lives because they knew complete strangers wanted to provide for them. I had the opportunity to develop a deeper intimacy with people by simply sharing food with them. MEND's contribution goes beyond simply food. Their commitment leads to transformed lives. And, so, MEND deserves to be THE BEST nonprofit out there!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

After several times volunteering, I am still blown away at the amount of food this place receives and gets right back out to the local community. The work that is done under that roof is the lords work.God bless to all the work and help with MEND.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

MEND provides vital services the the communities they serve and that community is large and wide-spread. I have volunteered there for the annual post office food drive and found MEND to be very professional, organized and well equipped to take in and distribute large quantities of food. The facility is modern, clean and a delight to be in. The people who work there are professional and kind. You shoudl check them out.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

For 21/2 years I have been involved in serving the homeless on Skid row in Los Angeles and we have earned the equivalent of a "5 star Michelin" rating for the hot meals because of the quality of food that MEND has provided to us week after week.That you MEND from all of us at Christian Assembly Church in Eagle Rock!!!!
Bill Myers

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

For 8 years, Christian Assembly Church has been the recipient of food donations from MEND every single week. With just very few exceptions, MEND has never missed giving us what we need for our homeless ministry. Because of MEND, we have been able to serve hundreds of homeless people every week by providing them with hot meals and also sandwich/fruit bags. We also have the reputation of having the "best food on Skid Row." And it's all because of how MEND has partnered with us all these years in serving the poorest of the poor here in L.A. and giving them the most basic of their needs: food! They are consistent, faithful, helpful and such are a joy to work with! I cannot say enough about this nonprofit organization and they definitely deserve to get recognized!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started picking up food from MEND with my friend Diana and I was overwhelmed by the kindness and caring these wonderful people showed us as we picked up food for our Skid Row Ministry. I observed each and every person working like mad to fill the requests of organizations ready to feed the needy and hungry people they serve. The people there were so pleasant and helpful to us. As Diana and I drove away after filling our truck for the food prep the next day, I cried with joy and admiration that such an amazing organization such as MEND existed. I am so very impressed and after I heal, I will be back. God bless MEND!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

MEND is an answer to prayer. Through them, we at Christian Assembly in Eagle Rock feed really delicious food to oveer 200 people every Sunday. We even walk the streets to reach out to those who can't stand in our food line. I have made some very good friends who are trying to live in dignity while living on the streets. They have changed my life. I hope in some small way I can help change theirs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am part of Christian Assembly's outreach to both Skid Row and Day Laborers. Mend was an answer to prayer for us and has enabled us to have food which we prepare and then give to between 200-350 each week. We thank God for Mend and the opportunity they have provided to extend a helping hand to the poor and needy!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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