MIX IT UP! SPOTLIGHT GUEST: Each month we invite a non-profit to be our SPOTLIGHT GUEST to have a table and promote their services and products. We also secure prizes from businesses, services and individuals in the community and ticket sales from the drawing are donated to our SPOTLIGHT NON PROFIT.
APRIL SPOTLIGHT GUEST: FRIENDS IN DEED www.Friendsindeedpas.org
Friends In Deed, an interfaith collaborative, is dedicated to meeting the many needs of the most vulnerable residents of greater Pasadena—homeless and at-risk individuals including women and children. Celebrating more than 120 years of service, we meet the needs of our clients by leveraging our small, but dedicated staff, with many volunteers.
Friends In Deed meets people where they are, without judgment or restrictions that deny people the help they need. We bring dignity to homelessness and poverty. Our staff’s smiling faces and helping hands ensure that individuals in need are safe and fed and find a vision of hope for their futures.
PROGRAMS: All of their programs are designed to meet their clients where they are at and provide them with the resources and compassionate facilitation to transform their own lives. It is important that the people that utilize their services feel like they are part of the Friends In Deed family. Some of the people that receive food from the Food Pantry are currently volunteers. With some of the other programs, like The Women’s Room and The Bad Weather Shelter, many of their past clients have returned to volunteer in one capacity or another. Their doors are open and we hope that everyone who walks through feels welcomed and important.
They run three of our innovative, trans-formative support programs from our Friends In Deed House (444 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena on the SE corner of Washington & Los Robles) year round. These are The Food Pantry, The Women’s Room, and Homeless Prevention. The Bad Weather Shelter has, historically, been run from Pasadena Covenant Church (539 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena) from Thanksgiving until mid-March. And Norma’s Nook is housed in First United Methodist Church of Pasadena (500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena). Friends In Deed’s programs include the following:
MARCH SPOTLIGHT GUEST: ELIZABETH HOUSE is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness and abuse in women and children through comprehensive case management, counseling, educational classes, prenatal care, and resources throughout pregnancy and beyond.
Elizabeth House is a residential shelter program in the community of Pasadena committed to the health and welfare of adult pregnant women and their children. Elizabeth House is the only 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the San Gabriel Valley that specifically addresses the needs of pregnant women who also have small children and who lack adequate shelter and prenatal care.
Elizabeth House opened its doors in 1994. Twenty years later, Elizabeth House has provided essential shelter, food, care and counseling for 280 women and 400+ babies/children in the San Gabriel Valley. This basic yet comprehensive service of meeting the physical, economic, emotional and spiritual needs of this population continues to be a huge need today. Executive Director: Debbie Unruh(626) 577-4434 firstname.lastname@example.org www.elizabethhouse.net
FEBRUARY SPOTLIGHT GUEST: MUIR RANCH - In 2011, a dedicated team of volunteer teachers and students began converting 1.5 acres of the John Muir High School campus into an urban farm. Muir Ranch grows a variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit that are included in weekly CSA boxes as well as school cafeteria lunches. Students can complete community service or internship graduation requirements by enrolling in classes at the Ranch. Muir Ranch also provides paid internships to students, which are funded by private donations, special events, farmer’s market sales, and subscriptions to the produce box program (CSA). Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a model of food production and distribution that provides a direct link between local farmers and consumer Every week, Muir Ranch CSA subscribers get a box or bag of about 7-10 different types of fruit and vegetables grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Customers pick their shares up at central distribution sites throughout Pasadena. Muir Ranch CSA partners with several local farms for seasonal fruit and vegetables to supplement the farm’s produce, providing tax-deductible weekly boxes to over 100 subscribers. Muir Ranch is fiscally sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation. . Teacher: Mud Baron, MUIR RANCH, John Muir High School http://muirranch.myshopify.com
JANUARY SPOTLIGHT GUEST: Mission of The Foundation for Living Beauty is to empower women to increase their physical wellness and emotional stability while coping with the taxing effects of cancer and chemotherapy.
The Foundation for Living Beauty is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, functioning as an activity and service-oriented organization dedicated to uplifting the lives of women living with cancer and cancer survivors. By offering innovative solutions to the challenges that women on their cancer journeys face daily, Living Beauty is able to realize its mission. Issues that women with cancer and cancer survivors confront each day are complex. Living with cancer and the harsh treatments that often accompany the disease are known to lead to inhibition of emotional expression, decreased physical ability, altered physical appearance, depression, high stress, anxiety and other detrimental effects that hinder the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of women. The Foundation for Living Beauty cares about each individual woman, and applies our wrap-around approach to helping women regain their sense of femininity, self-worth, beauty and emotional stability after coping with the taxing effects of cancer and chemotherapy. Executive Director: Nancy Davidson 234 N. El Molino Ave. Suite 202 Pasadena, CA 91101 Phone: 888 501 0777 / Fax: 888 501 0777 Info@livingbeauty.org www.