THE SKID ROW
MOTIVATION CENTER FUNDRAISER
"the next step on your journey..."
Bringing communities together through our core values- PLK
OUR SKID ROW STORY
In 2016, our founder DJ walked around the Skid Row community asking individuals "What change they wanted to see here?" Many wanted internet and computers to further their careers or entrepreneur hearts. And others wanted activities to calm their minds and distract them from the every day chaos.
We are proud to say we have been providing services since March 2016 and are very confident with the non-conventional way of helping to uplift Skid Row. As a grassroot non profit, we are volunteer based and have impacted many lives with minimal funding and support. By offering a space to be a foundation and support system for individuals' next step on their journey, we have seen full circle of writing a resume and introducing individuals to recruiters/job postings, and within a few days they are employed. Most importantly we have been a light to others in what feels like a dark place.
IT'S TIME TO ACQUIRE MORE SPACE!!
(We've outgrown our garage and car situation)
THE MOTIVATION CENTER
In the center of Los Angeles’ humanitarian crisis, we have created a pop-up Motivation Center, a non-conventional way to help end the cycle of houselessness. Now we need your help to acquire space and build a home for The Motivation Center. A hub to fit everyone’s needs since we all have different destinies. A place where its sole purpose is to listen to a local resident and help be their foundation and support system. With this space we will be able to continue our current services and resources, but also expand on more ideas to help the Skid Row community! (i.e. informational classes and transportation). The space will be a consistent foundation for partners and community members to support one another.
The Motivation Center is filled with a motivation wall, fun fact wall, tables, and computers. An induced environment to change the individuals within it. From adolescence to adulthood it is important to provide support to individuals at every life stage throughout their lives. Mental health is recognized, where individuals are given a foundation and a place of support for the next step on their journey.
End the cycle of houselessness
Help decrease crime
Gain more civic participation
Create a cleaner, safer, and vibrant community and individual
Employed by local residents
Gain a community
Ripple effect with criminal justice and public health
We will be open with low barriers of entry, so people do not feel like a statistic, but a HUMAN! The Motivation Center will be a radical foundation for the Skid Row community.
African American and Hispanics are the top two races in Skid Row. Over half of the population is over 25 years old. (Via LAHSA, visit here)
RESOURCES AND SERVICES
1. Informational Classes:
Financial Literacy, Healthy Communication,
Mindfulness, Budgeting 101, Personal Finances 101, Goal Setting, etc..
2. Services Include:
Mentorship, Art Therapy, Board Games, and
Career Services (resume writing, job searching, interview prep, job flyers, professional clothing)
3. Direct Transportation:
Transport individuals to housing services,
interviews, Work source center, medical
FUNDS NEEDED FOR
Goal #1: We need $50K to lockdown space before gentrification makes way to push the houseless population into no opportunities. This goal is to cover a year of rent, utilities, and insurance for a 2,200 sq ft space.
Goal #2: $200K to employ people and help run the center.
Goal #3: $500K to employ more people and extend mission and acquire space for an emergency shelter.