Glendale, CA (PRWEB) December 02, 2016
Honors Outgoing Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
On Friday, December 2nd, Ascencia’s Board of Directors and staff celebrate the community of supporters who helped Ascencia surpass its three-year Advancing Ascencia capital campaign $7.45 million goal by $340,000 to raise a total of $7.79 million. As a result of the Campaign, Ascencia has established itself as a permanent institution in the community with the purchase and renovation of an 11,500 square-foot Access Center that serves as the vibrant hub of programming, as well as a nearby 9-unit supportive housing apartment building for chronically homeless households, and the expansion of services to homeless individuals and families in Northeast LA.
The campaign was launched when the S. H. Ho Foundation donated the initial $2 million dollar grant, which the City of Glendale matched with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition to recognizing their leadership, the event will also honor outgoing Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for his generous contributions to the Campaign with the permanent naming of Ascencia’s commercial kitchen. Each year volunteer Guest Chefs use the kitchen to prepare 14,600 hot meals for shelter residents. Additional areas to be named include the Pacific BMW and David L. Ho, Jr. Lobby, and the W.M. Keck Conference Room. The event will also commemorate the historic accomplishment through unveiling a permanent donor wall recognizing the individuals, foundations, and government agencies who contributed to the Advancing Ascencia campaign.
Ascencia is one of only a few comprehensive homeless service agencies in Los Angeles County, and the only one serving Glendale and its surrounding communities. Ascencia provides homeless people with a path to permanent housing and stability by providing assistance with employment, trauma therapy, addiction recovery, mental health services, securing housing, as well as practical needs including laundry, showers, and mail service. The light-filled facility also contains a 40 bed shelter for families and children. Ascencia serves 1200 men, women and children each year through its Access Center and coordinates services with partner agencies in Northeast Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Burbank, and the San Fernando Valley.