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

Mission: To end homelessness in the greater Glendale area, 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

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

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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.

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!.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 .