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We are in urgent need of food items for our community in need
Your support fills empty stomachs, and feeds growing bodies and brains. But we still need your help.
A generous fund this summer will match every gift you make to ensure those struggling do not go hungry.
Recently out of jail, Mark shared that he was making do, sleeping on the floor, in his grandmother's tiny home. He was finding that a criminal record made it challenging to reintegrate into society and rebuild his life. "Because I took a wrong turn doesn't mean I can't change direction," he said.
Clean and sober, Joel came to MEND after completing rehab, hoping to stay busy while looking for a job. He was struggling financially and in his personal life, but he also knew that nothing good would come out of idleness.
For 15 years, Rosal and her family received services from MEND. “If MEND did not exist, my family on multiple occasions would have gone hungry,” Rosal shares. During their most difficult times, Rosal and her family knew they could always come to MEND for resources and support. “MEND has always been a pillar in the community. Since the beginning it has prioritized caring for people with dignity and care. I am forever grateful for what MEND has done, what MEND continues to do, and the positive impact it has in the Pacoima / San Fernando Valley.”
Become a friend to vulnerable families, the homeless, and struggling seniors today. Your generosity is a precious gift that makes a difference.
MEND serves the poorest families & individuals in the San Fernando Valley; meeting their most immediate basic needs and helping them build resources and skills to address and overcome long-term poverty.
MEND’s Community Nourishment Programs have long been a point of entry for a majority of clients. Clients utilizing the food bank include families struggling to make ends meet, and people who are homeless who—because of few options—sometimes rely on foraging from dumpsters to survive.
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When COVID-19 cases began to spread in late 2020, we wanted to ensure that those most vulnerable in the San Fernando Valley recieved the resources they needed to stay safe. MEND sent out its Hope & Care team to offer support, information on COVID-19 testing, prevention, resources, masks and PPE for our community.
Here We Thrive consolidates MEND’s burgeoning intensive case-management services and is our most exciting intervention in the lives of those we serve. With the goal of individual and community resiliency in mind, we are combining the former Family Support Program and Pathways to Wellness and adding a new employment component to better serve the community in one hub. Here We Thrive is staffed with professionals willing and able to support participants through a process of uncovering and overcoming their (in many cases, long-term) challenges.
Our Homeless Care Services supported thousands of homeless men and women in 2020, providing them with the nutrition they needed during a pandemic - good food to go, fresh change of clothing, hygiene items, pet food and referrals to our partners in housing and mental health.
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