Published : Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 7:35 PM
Union Station Homeless Services, a Pasadena-based nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless individuals and families rebuild their lives, has been awarded a $15,000 economic mobility grant by Bank of America.
The funds from the grant will support Union Station Homeless Services’ life-saving programs and services for people experiencing homelessness in San Gabriel Valley, a Union Station statement said Tuesday.
“Bank of America’s funding will help Union Station continue to rebuild lives and end homelessness in San Gabriel Valley,” Anne Miskey, Union Station’s CEO, said. “We are incredibly grateful for their long-standing support which enables us to effect real change in our communities and in the lives of our clients.”
Union Station Homeless Services will also be hosting a Bank of America Student Leader this summer. Jonathan Stephens will serve an eight -week paid internship funded by Bank of America and will the organization’s volunteer department improve and develop systems, policies, and communication to better engage volunteers and community.
Founded in 1973, the nonprofit is celebrating 45 years of service this year and is the lead coordinator of homeless services in San Gabriel Valley, working with more than 60 service providers to support vulnerable community members, including chronically homeless individuals, veterans, and families.
“Union Station is a long-time partner in our efforts to help put people and families back on the path to economic stability,” Raul Anaya, Bank of America president for the Los Angeles market, said. “Many of us are just one life event away from needing basic services like food and emergency shelter, so the bank works with nonprofits that provide those critical needs so that barriers to economic stability can be removed.”
Aside from advocating for permanent housing for the homeless, Union Station Homeless Services also maintains an Adult Center that provides transitional housing, meals, case management and life skills for at least 56 homeless adults at any given time, and a Family Center which provides temporary housing to over 50 parents and children.
The organization also promotes employment for the homeless as a vital step on the road to independence. Its resources provide career development, job search support, and career planning to job seekers with employment barriers.
For more information, visit its website, www.unionstationhs.org.