INTRODUCING BEYOND HOMES
Greetings to our many friends from Abode Communities. During this season of family traditions and festivities, I invite you to celebrate Abode Communities by supporting our commitment to providing safe homes to working families without the burden of extraordinary housing costs.
Throughout the economic downturn, Abode Communities has maintained a robust pipeline of new property developments as well as the exceptional operation of our existing communities. But we also recognize that sometimes affordable housing alone is not enough for low-income families to succeed. That is why Abode Communities offers Beyond Homes, a comprehensive resident services program that delivers critical resources like after-school tutoring, employment assistance and computer labs directly to residents’ front doors.
As you likely know, social services like those offered through Beyond Homes have been hit hard by the recent decline in philanthropic giving. Serving 2,500 children and adults who actively take part in the program, Beyond Homes relies on a wide range of sources for financial support, and individuals like you are critical to its success.
Whether it’s designing, developing or operating our affordable communities, one of the cornerstones of our success has been our ability to create partnerships. By making a gift to Abode Communities you become a partner in bringing life-changing opportunities directly to the many families who call our communities "home."
Robin Hughes, President
A NEW BEGINNING
Adron and his family
Adron, an Ivy Terrace resident and single father of three, spoke at the official dedication ceremony for the property in September 2010.
In his speech, Adron shared his three-year struggle after suddenly losing his wife, which included time living in a homeless shelter. During this difficult period, he kept his family together and used his modest income as a furniture mover to apply to live at Ivy Terrace in Van Nuys. Now, not only do he and his children have a permanent home, but they also benefit from services like a computer lab and after-school activities provided on-site, all opportunities to build a better life. Indeed, Learning and Leadership, Abode Communities’ after-school program, is offered just steps away from Adron's family's home. All services are free of cost and while residents are given first priority, children from the surrounding neighborhood are also eligible to participate.
Ivy Terrace was fully occupied one month after construction. Deluged with applications when the property opened, Abode Communities had to turn away more than 550 applications, showing the continued need for affordable housing in the community. Today, some 52 families like Adron’s now call Ivy Terrace “home.”
THE HAPPIEST AND BEST PLACE
Kristal takes part in the Learning and Leadership after-school program
Maria, her partner and her three children were one of the first families to move into Casa Dominguez in East Rancho Dominguez when it opened in January of 2010. Before arriving at Casa Dominguez, Maria and her family were living in the garage at a friend’s home, unable to afford a safe, decent place to live.
Now, Maria calls Casa Dominguez, “The happiest and best place ever in the whole world.” Her daughter, Kristal, and son, Juan, both take part in Learning and Leadership, the after-school program offered on-site by Abode Communities. For the 2,500 children who live in one of Abode Communities’ affordable homes, Learning and Leadership provides the critical link to fostering healthy habits, strengthening student academic success, and improving young people’s futures. In addition, Maria and her children have access to a childcare program and comprehensive health center, also located right on the property.
We are thrilled to be able to congratulate Maria’s family on the upcoming one-year anniversary of living at Casa Dominguez and wish them continued success.
Ivy Terrace is home to 15 families escaping domestic violence
Brandie is a child care provider and mother of six who recently left an abusive partner and also took guardianship of his son.
Now with seven children, Brandie is coping with both additional living expenses and an employer who has not paid her wages on time due to the State’s budget crisis. Her child support payments are also inconsistent and Brandie must rely on the help of her mother to take care of the children. While Brandie anticipates her employer will be able to pay her wages soon, even a brief setback could have catastrophic results for her family. Last month, this happened. Brandie was unable to cover her entire rent.
Fortunately, by working with Beyond Homes staff, Brandie secured short-term rental assistance as a stop gap to help her during this difficult time. She also enrolled in a financial education workshop to better understand her personal finances and to learn additional financial planning skills. With the network of support provided by Beyond Homes, Brandie feels much more confident about the future and her ability to maintain economic self-sufficiency.
Your philanthropic support, no matter the size, directly impacts a myriad of services and opportunities that enable Abode Communities residents to build stronger lives for themselves and brighter futures for their families. More than 2,500 individuals and families currently benefit from Abode Communities’ Beyond Homes annually. Your generous gift would provide:
Abode Communities thanks the many individuals and organizations whose support was vital to helping us help others in our community this year:
Bank of America
Binney, Chase & Van Horne, Inc.
Broadway Federal Bank
California Community Foundation
Center for Creative Land Recycling
Citi Community Capital
Community Development Department of the City of Los Angeles
Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
Enterprise Community Partners
Enterprise Green Communities
Total Maintenance Group
U.S. Treasury Department
Union Bank Foundation
US Bancorp Foundation
US Green Building Council
Wells Fargo Bank
Wells Fargo Foundation