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September 28, 2010
I wish to offer both a clarification and an update to the article written by Gretchen Meier on Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley ("Family Promise making progress," Sept. 25). It is indeed a network of 23 congregations serving homeless families in this area. However, contrary to the otherwise fine report on Family Promise, the network comprises not only churches, but several synagogues as well. The synagogue of which I have the honor of serving as spiritual leader is one of the founding congregations of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | September 24, 2010
After two years of grass-roots fundraising, a new nonprofit agency is now helping families that have fallen into homelessness get back on their feet by using a network of churches and connecting with myriad job-finding services. Since the official opening in June, 90 families have been referred to Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley. Two families have already graduated from the program and three are currently receiving help, officials said. "Family Promise is a niche agency for situationally based homeless families," said Jacqueline White, the network's director.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 12, 2014
A local nonprofit that provides food, shelter and aid to homeless families in Burbank and Glendale will be suspending operations this month due to a shortfall in funds. Family Promise of the Verdugos, which opened roughly four years ago, will be closed for an estimated six to nine months, until organizers and volunteers can raise $90,000. “We're kind of like our families right now - we're struggling, we're living month-to-month,” said Kimberly Rhodes, the nonprofit's executive director.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2012
La Providencia Guild of Children's Hospital Los Angeles conducted its annual meeting and breakfast at Burbank's Castaway banquet center on March 10. Chairwoman Sue Ann Gordon and her committee decorated the room with Audrey Hepburn's movie, “Breakfast at Tiffany's.” Guild members also dressed to the theme and were greeted by committee members Pat Maskell, Kris Veatch, and Chris Welker. Following officers' annual reports, Judy Gragg, outgoing president, passed the gavel to new president, Nancy Johnson.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | March 20, 2012
Two years ago, a group of churches and synagogues in Burbank and surrounding towns formed a network to house families who through some catastrophic event lost their homes and needed a place to go. They created Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, an organization representing a massive undertaking of coordination and care for families in Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock and North Hollywood. When the organization launched in July 2010, it had some staff, a site identified for the families to go during the day, and a few locations where those families could sleep at night - mostly extra classrooms or spare rooms at a few churches.
NEWS
By David Laurell | January 31, 2012
Her career as a CBS desk assistant and obituary writer, the estate sales of items belonging to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Diana, and the 1992 presidential campaign have all served as inspirations for books written by bestselling mystery writer Mary Jane Clark. “I write about what I have experienced and what I have seen around me,” Clark told an assemblage at Burbank's Buena Vista Branch Library this past week. Appearing as a part of the library's continuing events programs that are coordinated, promoted and staged by Louise Paziak and Joan Cappocchi, Clark revealed her latest books - the Wedding Cake Mystery series - have been inspired by a book her mother had on cake decorating she loved looking through as a child.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | May 23, 2013
Ceramic artists are making a statement with their pottery pieces while raising funds to help homeless families. The third annual Empty Bowl fundraiser benefits Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley. The event is from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 2 at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale. Proceeds provide safe shelter, meals and support to homeless families. Area artists are creating one-of-a-kind bowls and donating them to the fundraiser.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | April 3, 2012
While this past week saw millions of Americans wishing, hoping and praying for those magical numbers that would result in their collecting a $656-million lottery prize, one of the more realistic and sustained wishes, hopes and prayers is that every family could have a safe and comfortable home, a prosperous and honorable livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. That is certainly the daily wish, hope and prayer of Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley, the staff, board and supporters of which gathered for their second annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at the St. Finbar Community Center on March 25. While the day was dreary and cold outside, inside the center the warmth of bellies filled with hot soup mirrored the warmth of the gathering's spirit of benevolence.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | October 2, 2009
BURBANK — Burroughs High School students Desiree Martinez and Brittany Lewis spent their Saturday night sleeping in a cardboard box. Desiree and Brittany were two of about 100 volunteers who set up camp for the night in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church on Olive Avenue for Cardboard Box City 2009, a fundraiser for Family Promise, a nonprofit organization that works to mobilize communities to help homeless families. “We both really like doing things for other people,” Desiree said Saturday afternoon while sitting in the fairy-themed treehouse she and Brittany had created out of a cardboard box. Family Promise works with various faith organizations across the country to provide food and nighttime shelter to homeless families.
FEATURES
By Christopher Cadelago | October 2, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday ramped up its homeless services, voting to spend $336,000 each on four affordable rental units that will be used to get transient families off the streets. The proposal pairs homeless clients with case-management services to get them back on their feet. It combines the four new units at 2615 Thornton Ave. with an existing group of three city-owned units on Naomi Street to create a “transitional housing environment.” The roughly $1.34 million will come from city redevelopment and federal housing money.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 12, 2014
A local nonprofit that provides food, shelter and aid to homeless families in Burbank and Glendale will be suspending operations this month due to a shortfall in funds. Family Promise of the Verdugos, which opened roughly four years ago, will be closed for an estimated six to nine months, until organizers and volunteers can raise $90,000. “We're kind of like our families right now - we're struggling, we're living month-to-month,” said Kimberly Rhodes, the nonprofit's executive director.
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NEWS
December 31, 2013
We live, work and play in a wonderful community. This thought was brought home to me over the holidays when Burbank “adopted” more than 550 families for whom our community provided food for a holiday dinner and gifts for the whole family. And this was but one example of our community at its best: other outstanding efforts to insure that everyone in our community shared in the gifts of the season included the Fire Department's Spark of Love, the Burbank Police Officers Heroes and Helpers, the Bike Angels, the Salvation Army, our YMCA, Family Services, BTAC, Boys and Girls Club, Family Promise, BCR and the whole hearted participation of our community service clubs as well.
NEWS
November 13, 2013
Approximately 360 members and friends attended a dedication service at Burbank First Presbyterian Church recently, celebrating completion of its major renovation project. The project included work on the main sanctuary, courtyard and youth ministry areas to better facilitate the church's many ministries, including Sunday school, middle and high school groups as well as the Travis Weaver Children's Center. New audio/visual, climate control, and lighting systems were part of the project, as was making the church more accessible to people with disabilities.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | November 5, 2013
In conjunction with the national Family Promise's 25th anniversary, the board of directors of the local affiliate has changed its name from Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley to Family Promise of the Verdugos. The organization's mission is to help children and families who are homeless regain their sustainable independence. The board believes the new name reflects more accurately the service areas including Glendale, Burbank, North Hollywood and Eagle Rock. The name change coincides with the recent opening of a second case management office at 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 25, 2013
The Burbank haunt that's been giving thousands of locals chills and thrills since 1990 is back this Halloween with demented dolls, ghosts and goblins. Get your fright fix this Halloween season at the Haunted Wilsley Manor II, built by longtime Burbank residents Diane and Preston Meyer. “We live our life around Halloween,” said Diane Meyer, adding that she schedules home improvements around the holiday. “The people going down the street, honking, all the kids going by excited for it - all that outweighs how tired you are and all hassles that go with it.” The Meyers, who pick up materials being trashed by local studios to build their scary sets, started the haunted house tradition more than two decades ago for their daughter's ninth birthday.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | May 23, 2013
Ceramic artists are making a statement with their pottery pieces while raising funds to help homeless families. The third annual Empty Bowl fundraiser benefits Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley. The event is from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 2 at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale. Proceeds provide safe shelter, meals and support to homeless families. Area artists are creating one-of-a-kind bowls and donating them to the fundraiser.
THE818NOW
May 23, 2013
The City Council this week divvied up roughly $141,000 in federal grants to 14 local agencies, but the amount available was far less than what was requested. It's now a five-year-old story: the amount of federal Community Development Block Grant funding Burbank gets is well below what local nonprofit and social service agencies request. This year, the total requested in grant applications was $428,000. The pool of federal grants set aside for Burbank decreased 5% this year, ramping up competition among applicants.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | January 29, 2013
Kimberly Rhodes has been named Network Director of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, which serves Burbank and surrounding communities. Family Promise is a national nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families to achieve lasting independence. Rhodes has worked in the social service and nonprofit field for more than 20 years. She earned a bachelor's degree in art and minor in human services from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. While attending college, she spent four months as a missionary in Miami, working with Cuban refugees.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | April 3, 2012
While this past week saw millions of Americans wishing, hoping and praying for those magical numbers that would result in their collecting a $656-million lottery prize, one of the more realistic and sustained wishes, hopes and prayers is that every family could have a safe and comfortable home, a prosperous and honorable livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. That is certainly the daily wish, hope and prayer of Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley, the staff, board and supporters of which gathered for their second annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at the St. Finbar Community Center on March 25. While the day was dreary and cold outside, inside the center the warmth of bellies filled with hot soup mirrored the warmth of the gathering's spirit of benevolence.
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