Shelter Partnership is among the leading organizations fighting homeless in Los Angeles. Since 1989, we have operated a warehouse project that collects donations of surplus nonperishable goods and distributes them to homeless service agencies completely free. Product donors range from start-ups and local businesses to Fortune 500 corporations.
Local donation pick-ups are done with our trusty van. Unfortunately, the van has two issues: enough miles on the speedometer to equal a trip to the moon and an interior not large enough to transport some of our larger donations. With so much need for our services, we need new, larger transportation to support the 250+ community service agencies across Los Angeles who receive our donations.
How You Can Help
So far, we’ve raised $28,000 toward the purchase of a new van. Our live pledge drive at our Annual Gala event in May was super successful, but we still need a little help to reach the sticker price.
Why You Should Help Us!
Businesses are unable to sell many products—normally these goods would be destroyed or shipped overseas. Instead, Shelter Partnership takes those goods and stores them in our two-football field sized warehouse. Our S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank warehouse sort of acts like a food bank, but the goods we deal with are items like shoes, socks, clothes, toiletries, and baby items. We then distribute these items—at no cost—to community service agencies across greater Los Angeles. Over the last 30 years, we have distributed over $245 million worth of goods to people who need them most.
Our work allows homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, foster care agencies, Veterans groups, and other community service agencies working with the homeless and people living in deep poverty are able to provide their clients with new and unused products. Providing our community partners with these free items allows agencies to spend more time, energy and resources on providing direct service like counseling and job training.
Nearly 60,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County. Homelessness has reached crisis levels—it’s reported in the national news and has become a topic synonymous with Los Angeles. Homelessness impacts everyone in our community, and any opportunity to fight this crisis helps.