Jazzmine was told she wouldn’t graduate after her family became homeless. Hope Gardens helped her get her life back.
BY UNION RESCUE MISSION
STORIES FROM SKID ROW
We believe no child should be raised on the dangerous, unforgiving streets of Los Angeles. Yet economic circumstances, illness, and abuse are forcing more mothers and children onto the street. The numbers are tragic. Women and children now make up 40% of all people experiencing homelessness.
That’s why we created our Hope Gardens Family Center — an oasis of hope on 71 acres in the foothills of Sylmar, California. This transitional housing campus offers sanctuary to single women and children who are experiencing homelessness. In addition, we offer permanent supportive housing for senior women in our Sequoia Lodge.
Hope Gardens helps women transition from homelessness to independence within 12 to 36 months by offering long-term rehabilitation programs, services, and spiritual care.
Precious women and children have a safe place to live while they receive counseling, training, encouragement, and the real help they need to escape homelessness forever.
The Family Program is designed to help single mothers gain the skills, support, and necessary resources to recover from past trauma — while planning for the future and preparing to maintain permanent housing. They receive the following support and services:
- Onsite therapy
- Life skills education
- Financial and job training
- Educational and social support
- Child care
- Three daily meals
- Access to medical and dental care
Youth Development Program
The Youth Development Program provides a supportive and empowering environment for children who live with their mothers at Hope Gardens. They receive the following support and services:
- Onsite tutoring
- Social and character education
- Leadership development
- Family therapy
- Planned recreational activities
- Infants and preschool-aged children participate in PEEPS, our onsite childcare and early childhood development program.
Senior Care Program
The Senior Care Program offers affordable permanent housing for elderly ladies who have been devastated by homelessness — allowing them to live with dignity in their twilight years. They receive the following support and services:
- A single-occupancy room with a personal bathroom
- Three meals a day
- 24/7 security
- Medical and legal referrals
- Access to a library, computers, dining area, kitchen, sewing room, living/community room, atrium chapel, patio, and garden grounds
Our goal is to move every precious senior woman, mother, and child off the streets of Skid Row and into the safety of Hope Gardens Family Center.