BENEFITING: MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF LOS ANGELES
Founded in 1924, Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHA) is a nationally-recognized leader in providing integrated services to homeless individuals with severe mental illness, including: mental health, physical health, and substance abuse treatment services; housing placement and assistance; case management and care coordination; work training and placement, and; benefits assistance and financial management/planning. For the past two decades, the Employment Program at the award-winning MHA Village in Long Beach, CA has played a critical role in helping thousands of individuals with mental illness on their path to recovery.
A paying job not only provides individuals with mental illness with hope, purpose, and self-esteem; a paying job helps them establish and sustain self-sufficient lives as part of their communities. The Village operates three businesses to provide members with time-limited paying jobs and work experience in the areas of food services, janitorial services, and office service and offers several employment options in order to meet members wherever they may be in the recovery process. Last year, the program helped 161 individuals with mental illness (the majority of whom had been homeless) find jobs.
Because these businesses operate as training programs first and foremost, they employ more individuals than would be necessary in a profit-driven model and each year end up with a deficit. In order to continue to help as many members as possible gain the skills and experience they need to find jobs and sustain their housing, we kindly ask for your support.
THOSE WHO DONATE $100 OR MORE WILL RECEIVE A BOX OF AWARD-WINNING COOKIES FROM THE MEMBER-OPERATED VILLAGE COOKIE SHOPPE.