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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: Shelter Partnership, Inc. is a nonprofit organization collaboratively solving homelessness in Los Angeles County through policy analysis, program design, resource development, and advocacy in support of agencies and local governments that serve the homeless.

Results: Thanks to your generous support during 2016, Shelter Partnership was able to accomplish many wonderful things! • Through our award-winning S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank, Shelter Partnership distributed $11.2 million in new goods to 257 agencies and projects throughout Los Angeles County. We also secured about $9 million in new goods, including infant and children’s furniture, diapers and toys, clothing for all members of the family, shoes and socks, personal care products, paper products, cleaning supplies, and more. • Over the last five years, Shelter Partnership has collaborated with multiple public agencies to help develop and implement the Coordinated Entry System for Families. Launched in 2012, and led by community-based organizations, the system quickly connects homeless and at-risk families to appropriate housing and services. This past year, the system assessed and enrolled more than 3,000 families of which over 1,100 have already secured permanent housing. • We administered the SHORE program on behalf of 18 community-based agencies that assisted almost 7,000 individuals with over $500,000 in transportation assistance, for employment-related, education, and housing purposes. • With many other community-based organizations and business leaders, we successfully advocated for the City of Los Angeles to place a $1.2 billion housing bond issue on the November 2016 ballot to create 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing in the next 10 years for chronically homeless people. It was overwhelmingly approved by the voters.

Target demographics: Agencies serving the homeless and very poor throughout Los Angeles County.

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Community Stories

158 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shelter Partnership is working at the ground level to actually solve the homeless problem of Los Angeles. I consider my time very valuable, and I have never regretted a single minute spent in the service of Shelter Partnership (and I have spent many hours volunteering for their cause). The Mark Taper Foundation Resource Bank is an amazing operation, that helps thousands of homeless people every year. I have volunteered multiple times to help sort some of the $9 million in new goods they received last year. I will continue to participate with Shelter Partnership as long as I live in LA, and will continue to donate long after I've moved away, because I know for a fact that it is money well used.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our firm identified Shelter Partnership as a volunteer opportunity for the office. From a volunteer standpoint - it was incredibly easy and efficient. We showed up and signed in - and got to work pretty quickly. Everyone was friendly and professional. They even gave a tour of the facility - which was pretty cool to see the size and scale of their donations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I went out to the warehouse to volunteer at Shelter Partners last weekend and had a great experience. Everyone was very nice and the atmosphere was relaxed. We felt comfortable and enjoyed the task. One of the leaders gave a warehouse tour which was both informative and interesting! I have never been in such a huge warehouse and found it very heartwarming that there is a company doing what Shelter Partners does. It is a very rare agency and we will continue to come out and lend a hand whenever we can! Knowing that this directly helps so many people is very rewarding!

LLee

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shelter Partnership helps Children of the Night with supplies, clothing and necessities required to provide a home for America's children victimized by prostitution right here in America. Because of Shelter Partnership we are able to fund the most critical and challenging fundraising area of all - trained child care staff. In fact, in 2015 we spent 90% of our donations on the care and supervision of children. Thank you Shelter Partnership for providing the basics required to operate a home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great idea Shelter Partnership. We used to spend contributions on storage of donated items and the sorting of these items - We would distribute goods we didn't need to other organizations but the cost in time and storage was a burden.

Now with Shelter Partnership - they take the hard labor of sorting, cataloging and distributing off the backs of agencies that need to spend their time on their mission.

There job is not easy but it is sincerely appreciated by Children of the Night who depends on inkind contributions in an organized cost effective means of collection.

Hurray for Shelter Partnership, Inc.

1 Travis C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated to many charities over the course of my life, but Shelter Partnership is the first I ever felt compelled to get involved with deeper. Shelter Partnership is a charity in which you can actually see how donations are being used and distributed. The Mark Taper Resource Center is an actual location at which you can volunteer, to see your generous donations put to use. The relationships that Shelter Partnership fosters are of the highest caliber, and all further their cause of ending homelessness in LA. One of the most enlightening tours I've even been on was the walk-through of Skid Row, in which you can see first hand the needs of the homeless community, and in what ways the initiatives of Shelter Partnership serves those needs. Shelter Partnership's relationship with Officer Deon Joseph makes this tour possible. This really demonstrates that Shelter Partnership is working at the ground level to solve this problem. I will continue to participate with Shelter Partnership as long as I live in LA, and even after moving, I will continue to donate, because I know for a fact that it is money well used.

Andrea164

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PATH's 15-family interim housing facility in Mid-City is extremely thankful for Shelter Partnership's donations. Our case managers accept a wide variety of donations year-round, including diapers, toys, laundry detergent, tissue paper, and bleach - all of which save PATH hundreds each quarter in operational costs.

On behalf of PATH and the homeless families we serve, we thank Shelter Partnership for their ongoing support! It's with community partners like you that we can truly make a difference.

Janine P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shelter Partnership is a smart and strategic organization. It gets all kinds of goods to nonprofits in need. Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services relies on it for its homeless clients in outpatient and residential care. Thanks to Shelter Partnership, we get help with everything from bleach to clean our residences to toys for our littlest clients at Christmas to everyday and interview clothes. The Shelter staff is wonderfully organized and makes sure recipients of its items know when and how to order them. Didi Hirsch appreciates all they do for our agency and our clients.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless receives donations from Shelter Partners throughout the year. Every donation is an immense gift for those homeless individuals and families; from clothing, to household item given to families who are able to go into their own housing, to toys for homeless children. Every donation from Shelter Partners is a real blessing and a sense of hope to our homeless population.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless greatly appreciates Shelter Partners for their continuous donations. With the donations received, ESGVCH is able to help people who are in need. Unfortunately, there exist many individuals and families who are in need, and simply having something to give to them, puts a great smile on their faces. Thank you so much Shelter Partners for all of your donations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the Program Director for Ella's Foundation, a Los Angeles based non profit that provides housing for homeless adult males. We have been recipients of Shelter Partnership since June 2015. Since becoming recipients, we have received an abundance of items including clothing, hygiene and other basic need items that allow us to provide a greater service to the population we serve. We are grateful for this organization and even more appreciative of their service to help those committed to helping others.

Dominic6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love the work they do. I cannot sum into man made words the angelic role this organization plays in the lives of the homeless population we serve! I am so happy to be able to express the appreciation I have for them!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Here at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, the Shelter Partnership Inc. has helped us put smiles on over 200 children's faces. On our campus we serve over 1200 veterans. For the past 3 years Shelter Partners has provided to toys to our campus to give to the children of Student Veterans. A lot times our Vets are Full time Students, that rely on their GI Bill to pay rent, food, utilities and child care. Some may not be able to pay Christmas gifts . With help of Shelter Partnership we were able to provide toys and meal to the Veterans and their Children. I feels good a child smile over what we think is a simple toys. it means a lot to them. Here at LATTC we appreciate Shelter Partners Inc for what they do for our community. Thanks Kookie Williams

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our small, grassroots 100% volunteer non-profit, Hope in a Suitcase, which provides suitcases, duffelbags, essentials and comfort items to Los Angeles youth entering foster care, recently became a recipient organization of Shelter Partnership, and we cannot say enough positive things. Shelter Partnership's support astronomically increases the amount of good we can do for our community! Shelter Partnership lifts a huge burden in terms of fundraising and outreach to companies with merchandise to donate by consolidating it in one spot. Hope in a Suitcase can now spend more energy doing what we love to do, which is distributing special gifts of love and comfort to children who have recently been separated from their families (often with only the clothes on their backs and/or carrying their few personal belongings in garbage bags), to make their transition into foster care a little easier and more dignified. We will be able to serve many times more children with Shelter Partnership's support.

Shelter Partnership is an amazing operation. They have stringent requirements about which agencies they provide items to, and clear restrictions about what can be done with the items received, which ensures that the items provided will be put to good use for the benefit of the populations Shelter Partnership and their donors strive to help. Working with Shelter Partnership is a joy! Their systems are very efficient and streamlined - Even our first time working working with them, everything from choosing items, to scheduling picking and loading it onto our truck was a very clear and smooth process. Rhonda Villanueva was so responsive and helpful with our questions, and managed to find all of the items on our wishlist. Considering we hadn't seen the items prior to pick-up, we were delighted that all of them turned out to be quality items which were perfect for our needs that will make the children we serve feel valued and comfortable during an extremely vulnerable time! Pick-up arrangements were simple - we had allocated an hour of time to get in and out, and it ended up taking 15-20 minutes because everything was ready to go the minute they said it would be. Jerry at the loading dock was very patient with us in explaining what to do, clearly loves the important work he does, and enjoys assisting others who strive to help those in need.

Shelter Partnership is a game changer! Hope in a Suitcase can accomplish so much more, and provide so many more children between homes with essentials and comfort due to Shelter Partnership's wonderful support. Thank you, Shelter Partnership, for serving our most vulnerable populations and for making the world a better place!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Shelter Partnership is an important supporter of our program. We work closely with Children and Families that are trying to heal following difficult challenges. The staff are very helpful and are a joy to work with. We benefit greatly from the numerous items that they make available to us for use by those in receipt of our support services. A special thanks to our contact, Rhonda who is so organized and helpful to us as we navigate this donor process. I would higher recommend Rhonda and her team to anyone attempting to obtain items that can assist our community members to rebuild their surroundings.
-Jana Trew - Rosemary Children's Services

toyloan

Client Served

Rating: 5

My organization, the Toy Loan Program, is a free service which allows children to borrow toys in the same manner in which they borrow toys from a public library. A child will receive an Honor Award, which is a new toy, by taking care of the toys the borrow and bringing them back on time. We have the children follow an Honor Code which includes Honesty, Responsibility, and Patience.

Shelter Partnership provided toys, books, and other items for our program. This was a tremendous contribution that will help in providing to the 30,000+ children we serve annually. Thank you Shelter Partnership!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shelter Partnership Inc. has been a fantastic partner to Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) for over 15 years and critical to our success.

Thank you for all you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shelter Partnership can take pride knowing that your contribution to Children’s Bureau of Southern California is an investment to our community. When you provide to our families clothes, shoes, toys, blankets etc. you become a vital part of changing people’s life and when you invest in our community you become a part of the solution.
Sometimes people take undergarments for granted but until you don't have any or they're uncomfortable is when you find angels like Shelter Partnership.Through this survey we want you to know how much you've helped our families and there is no way to fully express our gratitude for your loyalty. We at Children’s Bureau of Southern California are continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of donors like Shelter Partnership.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shelter Partnership lives up to its name and is a true partner for nonprofit organizations. We rely on them to help us clothe our children and provide other essentials that help make their stay with us more agreeable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shelter Partnership is an awesome organization! With their help, we are able to reach out to more people in need in our very own neighborhood. Together we help provide essential items to the least fortunate. As a team, we give to those who are in need and that is the beauty of it all. We appreciate the help they extend to us and we are very grateful for all they continue to do to help the least fortunate and low-income families in our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Salvation Army is a non-profit organization that helps people in need in Huntington Park and 8 surrounding cities. We serve hot meals to the homeless and provide them with hot showers. Through the help we receive from Shelter Partnership we are able to provide the Homeless with essentials such as toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, clean clothes and blankets. We also help low income families through our food assistance program. We help these families also and mainly during the holiday season. Because of Shelter Partnership, we are able to gift each child with books and toys. The community familes also receive clorox wipes, detergent, softener etc. We are truly blessed to be able to work alongside such a beautiful organization which its sole purpose is the same as ours, and that is to help others. Shelter Partnership is of such a great help and we give thanks to God for this very special organization.

Jen_41

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a nonprofit in Los Angeles that has benefited from Shelter Partnership for at least 10 years. Each quarter we receive hoards of quality items for the at-risk youth and families in our care and we are so grateful for the service Shelter Partnership provides. There is such a huge need in Los Angeles for this type of agency and they are doing more than their fair share of helping disadvantaged populations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Since 2006, Shelter Partnership has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods to our agency, Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services. We provide services and programs to over 500 at-risk and low income youth and families each year so we need all the help we can get. We can always count on Shelter Partnership to provide a plethora of high quality items for our clients and they are so grateful for everything they receive, especially during the holidays. We've even called Shelter Partnership a few times when we have a particular family in need and they're quick to look through their warehouse to see if they can help in any way. The organization is amazing and we are incredibly grateful for the help we receive. In addition, they are very organized and make it easy to order and pick-up items from their warehouse. I can't say enough great things about Shelter Partnership.

Terryl L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shelter Partnership has helped LA Family Housing in so many ways. The Diapers, Kleenex and Hygiene Items they provide during the year enable our residents to feel good about themselves. Because of these donations, they are able to save money for permanent housing in the future. We honestly don't know what we would do without you. Thanks for being a friend to LAFH.

Best,

Terry Lotka