Homeless news: NELA Winter Access Center & Community Closet Open

November 9, 2015

I am pleased to announce that Recycled Resources for the Homeless will be hosting a Winter Access Center, open every night, starting December 1st - March1st. All Saints Episcopal Church in Highland Park was gracious enough to see the need and opened their church doors to us. However, we are unsure if the operational funding we sought from Councilman Cedillo, Councilman Huizar, and United Way will come through. If it does not, it is our goal to move forward and staff the overnight Winter Access Center with volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering we need you! We need a miracles. 


The Winter Access Center will be open to anyone seeking a warm place to sleep and with the approaching El Nino and our winter weather expected to be more extreme than in years past, Recycled Resources understands we need to proactive not reactive to needs of our neighbors without shelter; with an emphasis on those who live along the Arroyo Seco and LA Rivers. In order to make this successful we ARE CALLING ON EVERYONE TO VOLUNTEER! There are over 350 people experiencing homelessness in our community, they need your support. 


The Winter Access Center will not only be a safe warm place for people to sleep, it will be a place for linkage to housing, securing benefits needed to obtain housing, and case management to navigate homeless services. Our goal is to have at least 40 people matched to permanent supportive housing by March 1st.  In addition, our access center will offer support groups to interested participants who would like support in addressing mental illness, substance use, and improving life skills. If you would like to volunteer or you are part of a community group or business that would like to come out and prepare serve and enjoy dinner with our participants we need you!


Our Community Closet is now open. Every Saturday through March 1st, people in need can drop by our Community Closet to pick up much needed items and also drop off donations to those in need. Donations most asked for include blankets, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, jeans, socks, and shoes. All donations are tax deductible. Our Community Closet is located on the side walk in front of our storage at Public Storage at 4101 North Figueroa & Ave 43 and is open every Saturday from 8AM - 11AM. A special thank you to the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council for making this possible.


Most Sincerely,

Rebecca Prine


Director, Recycled Resources for the Homeless





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