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 has grown, primarily by word of mouth, into the largest poverty agency in the Valley. More than 94% of the support and donations received by MEND goes directly to client services, making it one of the leanest operating non-profit organizations in existence. MEND provides stability and dignity with emergency food, clothing, homeless services and medical care, as well as tools to achieve self-reliance through job skills training, computer classes, English as a Second Language classes and youth enrichment.
All members of our community living in poverty attain self-reliance and contribute to society as caring human beings.
With dignity and respect, powered by volunteers, MEND’s mission is to break the bonds of poverty by providing basic human needs and a pathway to self-reliance.
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.
We assist clients in the building of their independence and self-esteem, working with them to find ways in which they can help themselves.
We seek community volunteers from all demographic groups and non-governmental funding, ensuring maximum flexibility in meeting the needs of our clients.
We continually improve every aspect of our performance, delivering products and services that surpass client expectations.
We always do the right thing ethically, committing ourselves to our clients’ well-being.
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.
● 99% volunteer driven
● Almost entirely privately funded – MEND solicits no government grants
● Low overhead costs (less than 6%)
● Public relations and fundraising work done mostly by volunteers
● Seeks to develop self-reliance among recipients
● Staff is hired only when programs grow too large for volunteers to handle
● Sells no items or services — Small donations are accepted, based on the
recipient’s ability to pay.
Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: Front desk 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Food donations accepted until 4:00 pm in the back of the building
Clothing donations accepted until 5:00 pm Tuesday to Friday and until 12:00 pm on Saturdays