SoCalGas partnered with LA Family Housing (LAFH) to wrap and distribute toys to families in need ahead of Christmas. The utility contributed $15,000 to the nonprofit to purchase a variety of gifts for its Winter Wonderland event.
Volunteers and staff worked together to wrap toys before visiting LAFH’s Canby House in Northridge to distribute the gifts and spread holiday cheer. LA Family Housing is a homeless service provider and affordable housing developer that helps people transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services. The organization connects 11,000 people with housing resources and supportive services annually.
“At LA Family Housing, we rely on our community to help us make the holidays memorable and festive for our program participants who are transitioning out of homelessness,” said Katie Tell, chief development officer. “This incredible support from partners like SoCalGas will make a huge difference in the lives of so many this year.”
LAFH Board Member and SoCalGas’ Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Gillian Wright said, “We want to ensure all families and kids enjoy Christmas without having to worry about making ends meet.” Wright continued, “These families are working to get back on their feet and we want to do everything we can to make sure they can enjoy Christmas while transitioning to permanent housing and employment.”
SoCalGas has a long history of supporting LAFH. In the last five years SoCalGas has given more than $212,000 to the nonprofit. Over the last 35 years, LAFH has grown to become one of the largest providers of housing and homeless services in Los Angeles, now operating 30 interim, affordable, and permanent supportive housing sites with 700 additional permanent homes in the pipeline to be completed in the next few years.
“Our overall goal is to end homelessness in as many people’s lives as possible, and we cannot do that without support from community partners like SoCalGas,” said Katie. “We appreciate that volunteers take time out of their day to support our overall mission and help make sure families get to enjoy the holidays.”
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