thelamission We were asked about how to donate items after yesterday's post. Thank you and we are overwhelmed by your support and generosity once again!

Our donation dock is located at: 316 East Winston Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (for drop-offs and mailed items)

Hours are: Monday-Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 7am-5pm, closed Sundays.

We just asked our gifts-in-kind manager if there are specific items we are in extra need of right now. She has let us know we please need:
- men’s underwear in M, L and XL as well
- blankets (used-gently worn and/or new) - socks
- women's bras and sports bras, especially in sizes 34-38C, 40-42D and up

Thank you to all of you for the many ways you bless us, our students, and our friends and neighbors on Skid Row. #losangelemission #givebackLA
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thelamission 153,000+ pieces of clothing were provided to those in need in 2015 from our clothing closets like this one (this is the men's closet, we also have one for women and children). Where does the clothing come from? You :) Your gently used clothing donations mean our students, and friends & neighbors on Skid Row have fresh clothing to wear and, in these winter months, to keep them warm. #losangelesmission 3d

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thelamission 22,686 <-- the number of volunteer hours spent serving our friends & neighbors on Skid Row at #LosAngelesMission in 2015 #lamvolunteer #hopeinLA #givebackla 5d

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thelamission Serving 3 hot and free meals a day, 365 days a year to our friends and neighbors on Skid Row (and sometimes even dessert!). In 2015, the Mission served more than 268,000 meals with the support of donors and volunteers. #hopebeginswithameal 5d

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thelamission More than 31,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County are completely unsheltered. With a need as great as this, the Genesis dormitory at #LosAngelesMission is more than an emergency shelter to our friends & neighbors on Skid Row... it's a safe and warm place to sleep, take a hot shower, and have their clothing laundered. 1w

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thelamission Homelessness in Los Angeles has increased 12% since 2013. #DYK 2w

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thelamission #Rundalay ! #Repost @rundalay. BLANKET DONATION benefitting the #LosAngelesMission! Incredible! ・・・
"Together we collected over $1,300 in blankets that will go to help keep #DTLA a little warmer during this season.

We would also like to thank @musclemilk on their incredible sponsorships of tonight's run.
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This month we partnered with the Los Angeles Mission @thelamission which is among the leading Missions to provide for the poor, restore the addicted and eliminate homelessness.

In our efforts to give back in the month of January we are asked the #runningcommunity to come together this Monday and bring at least one new blanket to be donated to the Los Angeles Mission.
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thelamission #tbt - Original art by students of the #AnneDouglasCenter featured at the "Art of Love" art fundraiser last year. 2w

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thelamission In 2014, the #AnneDouglasCenter for Women at Los Angeles Mission provided... for struggling women and children living on Skid Row. 3w

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thelamission Living on the streets, what was your greatest concern? “It was always about not feeling safe on the streets, feeling as if I couldn’t sleep day or night. It’s always a concern because you have people approaching you and positioning you like a piece of property. There seemed to be a code that a woman had to belong to somebody or a gang to be safe.
I had to develop a totally separate persona to be on the streets. I had to send a message, 'Don’t mess with me!' I named my persona CJ." -Berta Flowers, student at the #annedouglascenter
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thelamission What was your greatest fear and challenge while experiencing homelessness? “As a woman, just the idea that a man could come out of nowhere and over power me, or put his hands over my mouth and I have no voice was a constant thought that made me afraid.
It was also unbearable at times just dealing with being cold, hungry, alone, and scared, which make me feel as if I might have a nervous breakdown. So it can be overwhelming just thinking what could happen.
I could have ridden the bus all night but felt too tired to move a lot of the time so I just slept on a mattress on the street..." -Mariam Johnson, student at the Anne Douglas Center for Women #annedouglascenter
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thelamission Life's most persistent and urgent question... #MLKDay 3w

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thelamission Since it began, hundreds of women have graduated from the #AnneDouglasCenter's 13-month rehabilitation program "Fresh Start" gaining the tools and support necessary to live an abundant life, free from the devastating effects of drugs, alcohol and other life-shattering experiences. 3w

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thelamission The #AnneDouglasCenter for Women at the Mission helps women experiencing homelessness take the first step toward recovery, rebuild self-esteem and establish realistic goals for independent living. The challenges that face homeless women are complex and require unique solutions. Some of the ADC's services to help homeless women achieve life transformation include: • Individual Counseling
• Healthy Eating Workshops • Mental Health Assessments (and assigned counselor) • Personal studies • Educational training • Job readiness • Church Involvement • Support Groups • On-site Medical Appointments • Recreations therapy and more.
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thelamission Shelter, alone, is not the single solution for ending homelessness.
The challenges for service providers and organizations serving homeless women, like the #AnneDouglasCenter and #LosAngelesMission, require solutions that are more complex.
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  •   sgvhumanesociety @thelamission totally agree. We should stop thinking that such a complex challenge could be solved by 1 simple solution. 4w

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thelamission Women experiencing homelessness face unique challenges. This week on our social media we're exploring this topic further and will hear from students of the #AnneDouglasCenter for Women, staff, and key takeaways from earlier today's first annual Women's Conference by the ADC: "Closing the gap for women experiencing homelessness through mentoring, education and service". 4w

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thelamission Part 2, from Jesse and Kenneth (son and father students of the Mission). Jesse (son, left): "I grew up a Christian but walked away from God when I was 30 years old. About a month or so before coming to the Mission, I had found my way back to church and was working on my relationship with God and Jesus Christ. I was really excited about being here [at the Mission]. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology was so beneficial to me getting my mind right. I held everything in before. Once I got into the Fresh Start program, I put everything aside and didn’t let anything stop me from completing the program and graduating. I was named valedictorian.

Kenneth (father, right): "I saw the effect the Mission had on my son when I would come to visit him after he began the Fresh Start program. I knew the course of study and everybody treated me well. So I thought the Mission was a wonderful opportunity for me too. ...I’m so proud of him. I was working in the kitchen the night of his graduation but I got to take a break and hear his speech. I’ve always known he was a very intelligent individual and I’m just so happy that he’s able to do this, focus on something and complete it. And not only complete this program, but excel." // Jesse: "I’d probably be dead if I didn’t come to the Mission— or I’d be out of touch with reality. Thank you to the donors for being partners in our success and our recovery. They allow us to focus on the task at hand and graduate." Read part of 1 of Jesse and Kenneth's story in yesterday's IG post.
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thelamission Jesse (son, right): "Before I came to the Mission, I was homeless for about 6 months. I lived in the San Gabriel Valley with my father but then our house was repossessed. I was in and out of prison from the time I was 18 until I was 30 years old. I never did many drugs, but I had a problem going in and out of prison." // Kenneth (father, left): "When we lost our house, it put my son and me on the streets. I was working, then I lost my job and couldn’t afford to go anywhere. We were in the same area, but I ended up in a sober living home. I couldn’t have anyone stay with me, but sometimes I’d sneak Jesse in." 4w

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Normal Los Angeles Mission
thelamission Hot off the press! Our first issue of Crossroads newsletter in 2016. In this issue... There's a new face of of #homelessness and stereotypes need not apply. Also, share in the hope of a father-son story who both found a fresh start at #losangelesmission. Skim the newsletter in our Facebook Page, link also on Twitter @thelamission. 1mon

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thelamission "Thank you is too small for what I feel..." #lifechange #hopeinLA #losangelesmission 1mon

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