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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Housing & Shelter, Human Services, Temporary Housing

Mission: Ascencia’s mission is to lift people out of homelessness, one person, one family at a time.

Results: Over 70% of families and individuals leaving our emergency housing program move to permanent or transitional housing. 91% of formerly chronically homeless adults and families remain in permanent housing 6 months or longer.

Target demographics: Homeless families with children and homeless adults.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1200

Geographic areas served: Glendale, Burbank, West Hollywood, and the Los Angeles communities of Northeast Los Angeles, from Highland Park to Atwater Village.

Programs: Year-round emergency housing: 40 beds Scattered Site Permanent Supportive Housing: 80 household Supportive services to 80+ households of formerly chronically homeless adults with disabilities. Case management services and referrals to over 1200 homeless men, women and children each year.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me get off the streets and move into my own place.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ascencia is just wonderful! I have been a board member the last few years and it has been such a wonderful experience to be a part of! They are the most giving community group I have ever seen. They help the individual in so many ways not just housing. The employees are such hard workers and always go the extra mile to take care of their clients. I am privileged to be a part of this organization!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff and board are very invested and aligned with the organization's mission and values. They are hands on and tackling one of LA's biggest problems. Kudos to them.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Bad news group. Predatory false charity engaged in serious harm to seniors and disabled. Michael is made today to sleep outside on cardboard after kickes out. Two diabetic persons were denied access to use of food and medicine. They fired many employees who complained of violations including daniel and supervisor m. Police misuse of drug testing as a con and to get around legal protection of inmates. Use of informants. They stole Rodger L social security check after informants in mornings calles him the jew and would yell out tje furher and other anti semitic acts. Komuro exex director protected and assisted acts of discrimination and retaliation acts. Id stolen. Lots of theft. RA keep all charity meals not eaten up 15meals as a con on nightly meal charities. Mean rude people engaged in grant fraud. As daniel stated they spend none of their money. They sell info on clients to raise money for their own salaries but dont tell clients.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know of Ascencia's wonderful work through a friend who has been an enthusiastic volunteer, supporter and contributor to this organization for many years. On several occasions she has contacted me and others for help collecting donations of basic furnishings and household items for families who have been provided transitional housing through Ascencia.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On a monthly basis, our company sponsors a dinner for the residents of Ascencia (homeless shelter). We make a very healthy dinner. We also sit and eat with the residents. This allows us to really get to know them and vice-versa. This is a great organization!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their work has helped so many people get a fresh start. We all need one some time in our lives.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ascencia is a place for those people that want support and care but want to get back their feet. The staff and volunteers at Ascencia are very supportive of these goals and work individually with each person to restore their smiles and humanity. They connect with each person to learn about each individual need and work together to plan a path to achieve these goals. I volunteer my time for guest chef and hair stylist. I have witnessed the change in a person who begins to believe in himself through the help and kindness of the volunteers and staff. I find my time at Ascencia very rewarding and grounding. I get to see everyone without ego or attitude. I get to see the true human spirit come through those people we are able to help with either a hot meal or a nice haircut.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our group has been volunteering at Ascencia for 5 years now. During this time period, we have seen so many individuals and families it has helped, in the hundreds perhaps even in the thousands. It is a great non-profit because it continuously strives to improve the living conditions of the clients in the facility. It moved to a new building 2 years ago to better accommodate the needs of the residents providing better sleeping quarters, cleaner surroundings, more bathrooms, state of the art kitchen where us "Guest Chefs" enjoy preparing meals, computers for job search. There's even a room where children get tutored and study. Even pets of the homeless clients are welcome, guide dogs and even cats. All in a safe, secure environment. This is one of the best managed if not the best shelter I have seen and am happy to be a part of. - A Blanco

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first came to Ascencia I was immediately impressed by the setup of the shelter. It was very organized and yet felt homely which allows for the individual to interact with fellow human beings. I noticed when one becomes homeless there is isolation as some people would try to avoid them in the streets. The homely environment allows them to get that feel again of getting back into society. The clients are treated with respect and and compassion and yet given responsibilities. Each one is assigned a task to help clean and maintain orderliness in the facility (example: cleaning of the kitchen after meals, cleaning of the bathrooms and the general area). The staff are very professional and friendly. I believe Ascencia is a model shelter. They have in place a program that not only provides the daily needs of the individual: food, shelter, medical attention but also helps them obtain the government assistance they are entitled to, and eventually help find low cost housing. It also looks forward to get them settled back and be able to sustain themselves on a long term basis. At the same time, the clients are checked on regularly to ensure their well-being. Ascencia helps give back the dignity that one may have lost during one’s ordeal into homelessness. As one of the guest chefs, I feel honored to be part of such a great team and hope to be able to assist in the many more months, years ahead.

2 Leonardo M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a volunteer for Ascencia for several years.

In that time I have had the opportunity to get to know the staff and the residents there. Ascencia is unique as it is a no nonsense facility that stresses to the residents from day one that they are at the facility as a way station to help them help themselves. The Ascencia staff does all it can to help these people at every turn to eventually be able to re integrate themselves back into the community.

The Ascencia staff welcomes all peoples from all walks of life with and without families. All of these people are part of the dynamic that make Ascencia the go-to place for those people that are ready and willing to get back into the community who need a jumping off place to help them get their feet on the ground.

The facility is well run, clean, lean and efficient. No matter when you go there you will find everything clean and tidy. The staff works tirelessly to work with the residents, and they take a real interest in helping them get back on track.

The volunteers I have worked with are all top rate and just as dedicated to the facility as the staff there. When we serve the residents we actually sit with them and get to know them as people. Our greatest joy is when we have a resident tell us that they will be moving on to their own place in the next couple of days.

Please note that this is one of the finest facilities I have had the pleasure to work with!

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as one of the Guest Chefs for Ascencia for several years now. The meals we plan and prepare for the residents are engineered with the three major components in mind. The first component is that the food is nutritious as well as healthy for all. We carefully select the menu items to achieve a balanced meal that will include as many of the food groups as possible. This is especially important as there are many children at the shelter. The second component is that we prepare as much of the food fresh at the shelter as possible. When that is not practical, we will bring the items and finish them off at the shelter, all with the aim of providing a fresh, hot meal. The third component is that we try and make the meal experience as enjoyable to all as possible. We chat with the residents, sit down with them to share the meal, and are always ready to listen to their stories. I know that in the time that we have been doing the meals that we have touched dozens of lives. When one is in need it is usually the little things that can make a rough day a bit brighter. I truly feel that we are instrumental in providing that ray of light for the residents on the days we are there.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ascencia. I know that she respects the organization tremendously and is always feels very and blessed to help. happy and

1 Bruce20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped cook dinner at Ascencia for several years now through an organization at our church. I am always impressed at the need of the family clients that Ascencia serves and the quality of the services provided to them by Ascencia. It is professional, caring, competent and effective and has had a very positive impact on the homelessness problem in this part of LA County.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to serve at a couple of their dinners and they were organized, compassionate and really respect their clients.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For several years now I've volunteered to serve in Ascencia's guest-chef program through my church. I've noticed how much the staff at Ascencia truly cares for the people they serve. It has always been a very positive experience.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Ascencia for 7 years now, and I am constantly impressed and touched by the dedication of the staff. The caring they provide and the respect they show their clients, whether they actually come into the center or not, is admirable. From the street outreach team, to the counselors who work with individuals with addiction problems, to the office staff who works diligently to keep costs as low as possible, they are truly inspirational. I consider myself blessed to be associated with such an amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ascencia is an amazing organization. First, I will like to talk about the employee's at Ascencia. The worker's here are all amazing individuals who do their best to help out everyone. They are the most sweetest, kindest, caring people I have ever worked with. They listen to their clients, they take care of their clients like they are family. Ascencia helps out individuals who are homeless and they put people back on track. They give shelter, love, food, and all the living essentials to their clients. I love coming to Ascencia to volunteer ,because it's such a great organization to be a part of. These people are there to make a difference and that's exactly what they do. If I give them 100 stars it still would not be enough.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization! During the past couple of years I have had the pleasure to become aware of the help that they provide to those in need in the Glendale area. They have grow considerably and now have a new facility to house and care for the homeless. But they also do great service by supporting and preparing people to get back on their feet. Great Job Ascencia!.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Ascencia for the past three years. During that time I have witnessed the value of this organization to the local community and the wonderful help it is providing to those in need. The organization has thcontinued to grow, from it's initial charter as Path Achieve to its expanded role with new facilities under Ascencia. Acencia is managed by a highy competent and committed group of business and industry professionals. It's successes have been recognized by the City of Glendale and LA's KABC television. I am proud to have had the opportunity to contribute to this organization.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in the Ascencia program 2005-2007. Back then it was PATH Achieve. Same individuals, same love, devotion and care. I still stay connected and will forever be grateful to all of them. They still care about me today as a matter of fact and it has been 6 years since I haven't needed their help. I love them and they saved my life back in 2005. I had just gone through a 6-month recovery and once that ended I had no place to go and was homeless. Ascencia took me in and not only gave me a place to sleep, food to eat, but offered counseling to make sure I was doing okay. They had someone help me put my resume together as well. I never thought when ending up in a homeless shelter that an agency such as this one could show me so much love, care, and concern. I will always help them if they ever need it and will never forget them. Ascencia is not just a shelter, but much much more. It gives individuals a chance to get their life back.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ascencia is a unique organization representing a great public and private partnership to tackle homelessness in the greater Glendale area. As a local business in the Glendale area for more than 30 years, we love our community and want to give something back to them. Ascencia provides us the opportunity to fulfill this goal. In my more than seven years of involvement with the Ascencia board, I have seen numerous good hearted board members working extremely hard for the organization, not for their own glory nor benefit, but to do something for the poor and needy who are not as fortunate as they are. The hardworking and capable staffs at Ascencia did an excellent job there. Ascencia is a gift from heaven to help the people in need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ascencia is a wonderful organization to help homeless families get back on their feet. The staff and volunteers are fantastic because they treat each client with respect and dignity. Everything is well organized and the facility is very nice. It is a pleasure to serve our less fortunate brothers and sisters at Ascencia.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot speak highly enough about Ascencia. I have heard many success stories about their clients getting back on their feet. They would not been able to do it with this wonderful organization. My wife and I as well as many members of the Kiwanis Club of Glendale have had opportunity to serve dinner and sit with them while eating, hearing their stories. We truly are blessed to have Ascencia in our community!

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor and in full disclosure, a member of the staff at Ascencia, I am proud to say that I work with an exceptionally committed group of professionals who give 100% every day for our clients. I've seen case managers work past their shift to make sure the homeless family or adult who walks in off the streets, after having been declined shelter at so many other places, finds a safe shelter bed immediately. I've been touched by the work ethic of residents in our shelter who have worked all day at their jobs and then gratefully returned to the shelter to help clean up after 39 other residents in an effort to keep our shelter maintained. And our Executive Director is not only a passionate leader with integrity and a comprehensive knowledge of the issues around homelessness but she's also a fierce advocate for our clients and staff. Anyone can drop by on any given day and see the Ascencia difference!

1 Brian71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my time in Ascencia I was impressed on how much detication the staff had and how they make sure you feel at home . They have and Incredible Staff and HeartWarming Welcome . im just so Impressed far exceeds my expectations .

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my year of volunteering at Ascencia, I was able to work with an incredible staff who truly care about their clients and who have welcomed me into their family with open arms. Throughout my time there, I've gotten a lot of experience that will help me with my future endeavors of becoming a social worker and I can't wait to go back and help in the near future.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my time at Ascencia, as an intern and volunteer, I have seen a lot of dedication from its staff toward getting clients to where they want to be. I have never seen more heartwarming welcomes from the front desk to the compassion given by case managers. One of the first things I noticed here was the strong support from the community in all its endeavors. From guest chefs to those who donate and to even a volunteer, like myself, we all try to give a little back. Before coming to Ascencia, I can say that I never interacted with a homeless individual nor have I took the time to have a conversation with them. But after spending some time here as an intern for a little over a month now, I can surely say that any perception one might have about homelessness will change once you enter these doors. Ascencia is like a family. A team consisting of compassionate staff, volunteers, and community members. Ascencia treats clients like family through their constant efforts to make sure they get what they need, such as medical attention, clothes, food, showers, or sometimes even someone to talk to. Their dedication to homelessness proves to be one of a kind. In the past month that I have been here, I have seen a great deal of clients come and leave. The best feeling of joy for Ascencia is when they are able to see clients leave toward the start of their new lives and new homes. As one of the volunteers/interns, I am honored to be part of such a great organization. My experience at Ascencia has been one of the most rewarding and growing experiences I have ever had. The work I've done is what I would call truly meaningful work. And the experiences/conversations I had with clients is life changing. I am more than glad to dedicate time toward assisting them in their efforts and their eventual successes.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

when icme to ascencia (then Path Achieve) ihad been homeless for six months after a year struggle to stay in my apartment. I was sleeping nights in a friends car and during my days i was busy trying to hold together my tattered life. I felt like i was evaporating into thin air and that i would soon betotally gone.I came to ascencia where i became a esident in their shelter. It was the most comfortablebed I'd ever slept in and finally had a meal a day i could count on. The staff was kind and compassionate in their treatment of me. in the years i'vebeen coming to ascencia i've found the staffmembers to be dedicated and sincerely caring in their treatment of their clients. after being here a resident for 6 months an opening came in their shelter plus care program and i was blessed by being accepted in that program. a few weeks lateri moved into mynew apartment and have been "homed" ever since. Which is 5 years and 6 months at this time.. as the tijme has gone by people have gonea and new people have come. I have been sad to see friends leave but each new person has brought their own strenghts and ways of caring for which i am grateful. I have faced some challenges in the past few years but each time ascencia has always stood by my side and helped me. I hope in the years ahead theyh will continue to be there. I wishiwere more eloquentin my singing of my praises of ascencia! i have never met such agroup of dedicated and caring people in my life.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

In my profession I do get to observe both the financial and operational efficiencies of an organization. Also, I have learned through experience that the strength of indiviudals responsible for govering, as well as, managing the organization is vital to its success and continuance. I have had the privledge of visiting Ascenita's location, speak with indiviudals responsible for managing and directing the organization. It was a pleasure to find an organziation that has done as much as it has with its resources and impressed with those you have been instrumental carrying out its goals and objectives.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with others to make dinner for the residents of Ascencia on a few occassions. Our group makes Sunday dinner when there is a 5'th Sunday in the month. I have to admit I joined this group of people to "do good" as I have had so many blessings in my lifetime. I thought I'd be able to share with the residents of Ascencia my limited cooking skills and maybe a smile or two. I thought I'd emerge afterwards saddened by the residents and their conditions. How very wrong I was. I came away with a big smile. Ascencia brings hope as well as shelter and food to the families and individuals staying with them. The children aren't downtrodden, they're loved and cared for. I was especially taken by all the prayers people said at dinnertime, thanking God for our presence there with them that evening. I am humbled and grateful that my friend invited me.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I grew up with my grandmother promising her I would take care of her. Promising that the man I marry would do the same. Still living with my grandmother, I married the perfect man and we had our first child. 1 year later my grandmother was diagnoised with breast cancer and I became pregnant with my 2nd child. 1 year after that my grandmother passed away. My husband and I used every penny to visit, take care, and pay for my grandmothers needs. Unfortuantely we ended up homeless. Thanks to ASCENCIA, we were able to provide the shelter we needed for our children and in two months we moved into our own apartment. Today we are in a 2 bedroom 2 bath 5 minutes away from our work. Life couldn't have turned out any better!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not put into words how much Path Achieve has helped me, they gave me a hand up...not a had out. While in there service I was able to clear up many problems I had. Housing is one of the bigest problems i faced when i finnished a rehab program, they opened there doors to me.
The shelter is clean well managed. The staff is superior to any I have worked with in the past.

They Care, Thank you PATH

R. Dexter

2 FIFF

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with PATH Achieve Glendale has led me to recognize them as an exceptional organization. I believe the most valuable qualities of the organization is that they cater to the safety and development of families and promote the livelihood of children. PATH Achieve Glendale is a valuable resource with a caring staff. PATH Achieve Glendale provides nutritional food, shelter, housing and a foundation towards self-sufficiency. Its organization expedites tangible items daily which includes: toiletries, clothing, blankets, diapers, and other necessary items that many take for granted. PATH Achieve Glendale is a non-for-profit organization that helps and supports anyone that expresses and demonstrates determination and a vision to their pathway to success. I applaud them.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Path Achieve Glendale helped myself and my family. If it were not for the caring staff and the help we recived from Path Achieve Glendale, I am unsure were my family would be today. I am extremmly blessed to have been intruduced to this organization and even more blessed to have recieved the assisstance Path Achieve Glendale provided to me and my family. I started as a client and wound up as a staff and haved moved on to contiue within the non-profit field and I still highley recommed the services that Path Achive Glendale provides.

1 JANETH

Client Served

Rating: 5

IN 02/19/09 MY CHILDREN AND MY SELF WERE ACCEPTED IN PATH ACHIEVE GLENDALE, UNDER VERY UNFORNUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES. DUE TO MY HUSBANDS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ABUSE. IN JAN,25,09 I GAVE BIRTH TO MY BABY BOY,3 MONTHS EARLY.WEIGTT 2 LBS WTIH A 60% CHANSE TO LIVE.I HAD FOUND MY SELF AND MY KIDS HOMELESS AND GOING THROUGH THE VERY DIFFICULT AND PAINFULL PROCESS OF GETTING A RESTRAINING ODER AND CHILD CUSTODY WTIH MY HUSBAND.FORTUNATELY PATH ACHIEVE GLENDALE PROVIDED ME WITH COUNSELLING AND PARENTING CLASSES TO HELP ME AND MY KIDS DEAL WTIH THESE VERY DIFFICULT MOMENTS.IN MAY/09 I GOT REFERRED TO A TRANSTITIONAL SHELTER.MSS.NANCY,S EMOTIONAL SUPORT NEVER STOPED EVEN AFTHER I WAS NOT PART OF THE PROGRAM.SEP/09 I WAS BLESSED TO BE PART OF THEIR 2 YEAR HOUSING.I HAVE NOW FULL COSTODY OF MY KIDS AND A RESTRAINING ODER FROM MY HUSBAND.THE STAFF HAS GONE FAR BEYOND TO ASSIST OUR NEEDS.I AM FOREVER GREATFULL FOR HAVING A SAFE AND VIOLENCE FREE HOME FOR MY KIDS.THE HEALING HAS BEGAN,AND I NOW HAVE PEACE IN MY HART.IM NOW IN THE SELF SUFFICIENT ROAD.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a client of PATH Achieve in 2005, where I resided for (3) months. During my time at the facility I received counseling,housing, and a since of peace. I was never made to feel as if I was beneath anyone, and that I did not matter in this world. The staff were respectful, and caring, and I never felt alone. I feel that it was meant for me to go through that experience in order for me to have accomplished the one goal I had, and that was to go back to school, and graduate. I just graduated (2) months ago. Thank you for all of your help and guidance. Angela Lloyd

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PATH Achieve Glendale is an outstanding program reaching out to homeless families in the Glendale area. After taking a tour a few years ago, I was really impressed. When Natalie Profant-Komuro then went to PATH Achieve, I knew that the program would be able to add even more services to truly make a difference for the homeless families and individuals who are staying in the emergency shelter. Natalie was the original program director for Beyond Shelter's "Housing First" Program - she is someone with a true lifelong commitment to helping homeless families and individuals. PATH Achieve doesn't just work with "easy" situations with quick solutions. They are one of the few organizations able to provide emergency shelter and other services to pregnant mothers and single fathers. It is a great organization with true community support.