Who We Are

About MEND

In the early 1970’s, MEND – Meet Each Need with Dignity – opened its doors in an effort to transform the lives of the neediest residents of the northeast San Fernando Valley. From its beginning as a small group of volunteers working from a garage,

MEND offers a range of comprehensive services delivered with dignity and respect by exceptionally dedicated staff and “army” of volunteers. For 47 years, MEND has opened its doors to the most vulnerable members of our community and over the years we have become one of the most comprehensive and empowering poverty relief agencies in Los Angeles County, serving, in 2017, over 14,600 individuals but providing an average of 30,000 client encounters each month. Started in a San Fernando Valley garage in 1971, MEND is an anchor institution with the largest food bank in the Valley, medical, dental and vision clinics, clothing, homeless care services, as well as support and care through case management services.

Mission

With dignity and respect, MEND’s mission is to meet immediate needs of individuals and families and increase their access to opportunities that strengthen their capacity to thrive.

Guiding Values

Dignity

We affirm that every person, created in the image of God, has innate human dignity and the right to be treated with respect, recognizing the worth of each individual.

Person-Centered

We assist clients in the building of their independence and self-esteem, working with them to find ways in which they can help themselves.

Public Support

We seek community volunteers from all demographic groups and non-governmental funding, ensuring maximum flexibility in meeting the needs of our clients.

Quality Standards

We continually improve every aspect of our performance, delivering products and services that surpass client expectations.

Integrity

We always do the right thing ethically, committing ourselves to our clients’ well-being.

Powered by Volunteers

Each month, volunteers from a broad range of backgrounds and income levels join to lift families out of poverty. From the distribution of food, clothing to assistance in job training and placement, our volunteers give MEND life.

MEND’s Unique Characteristics

● 99% volunteer driven

● Almost entirely privately funded – MEND solicits no government grants

● Low overhead costs (less than 6%)

● Seeks to develop self-reliance among recipients

● Sells no items or services — Small donations are accepted, based on the

recipient’s ability to pay.