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The WIN app– Technology, Empowerment, Connections & Hope

April 26, 2018
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Listen to Dr McCain’s speech about the WIN app- WIN is a free, easy to use mobile app developed by OCLA  that empowers homeless and nearly homeless youth and adults (and those who wish to help them) to find free helpful services.  – WIN is THE trusted app,  that connects  LA’s homeless and vulnerable populations to  services they can access just by walking in the door.  WIN is available in the Googleplay store and iTune store and on the website.  (Acceptance speech at the 2017 Rotary Star humanitarian Award, Pasadena CA.)

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Job Fair December 7th

December 2, 2017
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Apply for work to help house our homeless neighbors.

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OCLA Founder is a Rotary STAR Humanitarian of the Year

December 1, 2017
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On 1.04.17, Our Community LA Founder and President, Dr. Denise McCain-Tharnstrom,  was honored to accept the Rotarian STAR Humanitarian of the Year Award for Knowledge Sharing. Dr. McCain received this award for her visionary leadership and development of the WIN mobile application, which uses mobile technology to connect homeless and resource insure youth/adults to much needed services.

The Knowledge Sharing ward recognizes individuals or teams who have, through scientific or technological discoveries, significantly improved our ability to share knowledge for human benefit or who have made scientific or technological advances in order to improve or save lives. Winners of the STAR award were selected by an outside panel of distinguished advisors: Dr. David A Bearden, Dr. Joel W Burdick, Dr. John F. Raffensperger, Dr. Phillip R. Troyk, Dr.  Marie Csete, Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, The Honorable Lance A. Ito, and Dr. William C. Patzert.  The Rotary Club of Sierra Madre, embodying the pursuit to serve humanity, offers the Rotary Humanitarian STAR Awards to honor and bring to light achievements that support, advance and inspire humanitarian accomplishments.

The WIN app, developed by Dr. McCain and the OCLA team, leverages youth and adults trust in technology, the availability of free internet and cell phone providers offer of free Lifeline phones to homeless or low income individuals, to empower homeless, hungry and vulnerable populations to locate the supportive services they need.



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HomeWalk 2017

October 16, 2017
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Join your neighbors and friends on Sat November 18th at 8am to walk to raise awareness and to fundraise to end homelessness in L.A. Sign up here

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November 29, 2016
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Are You an Adult (18 or older)  in Need of Shelter?  From December 1-March 1st, LA County is offering evening Winter Shelter for Single Individuals on a first-come, first-served basis. You can get free transportation to and from the shelters – just go to any of the free pick up locations or call the Shelter Hotline for a list of free pickup addresses.

Shelter Hotline: 1(800) 548-6047

TDD: 1(800) 660-4026

Hours of Operation: Daily after 5:00 PM

 Pick up Locations –  Click Here for WSP locations

Winter Shelter sites are not able to serve the needs of families. Families click here for shelter information

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Application Open for the 2017 Transatlantic Practice Exchange

November 22, 2016
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Homeless service providers in the US can now apply to participate in the 2017 Transatlantic Practice Exchange! The Exchange is an exciting opportunity for mid-level homeless service providers. Participants spend up to two weeks studying and learning about a specific topic within homelessness services in the UK. Read more about the Exchange andfind a link to the application here. Why should you consider applying for the Exchange? Who better to answer that question than the participants themselves? Here is what the most recent class of Exchange participants said:
To have the opportunity to travel to the other side of the world, to find out more about a subject that I have a vested interest in, and then to have someone offer to pay for me to do that – why wouldn’t you apply? It was, without doubt, the greatest experience of my working life. – Jonny Goldsmith
I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t apply! Having the opportunity to spend two weeks just focusing on learning things and understanding new ways of working has really developed my understanding of what we are doing here. I think it has also been really useful in my career development. – Heather Yeadon
The Exchange is enriching on many levels and will make you better at what you do. Experiencing people and programs first-hand in a different country gives a new perspective on the work which can lead to questioning taken-for-granted ways of doing things and creative solutions to long standing problems.  Also, because working with people experiencing homelessness isn’t easy, getting out of the day-to-day mechanics of the work, and experiencing new things with the same population in a different culture and environment is invigorating which carries over when you get back to your home country and job. – Kendra Lutes
It is an incredible opportunity to see an issue that exists in the US from a new perspective. If you to learn and your love your work in ending homelessness, there is no better experience. – Erika Schmale
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Old Phone Collection!

November 6, 2016
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phone-in-box-6_20161106_080714Our Community LA and Human I-T are collecting old phones/chargers in November! Phones will be safely recycled/sold and the money used to purchase new smart phones. We will install the WIN app and give the new phones to area homeless youth at drop-in centers and shelters around the county. Read More to learn how to host a phone drive. Download Phone Drive Poster here.

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Thanksgiving Banquet for Homeless/Resource Insecure Individuals in Van Nuys

November 20, 2015
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Wednesday, November 25th, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission will host the Great Thanksgiving Community Banquet at the HELP Center in Van Nuys. Tyrone Street will be blocked off at the corner of Victory in order to set up 1,000 seats banquet style. Onsite will also be a huge resource fair where those in need can receive essential services and goods.The Thanksgiving meal is being prepared by one of the finest caterers in the Entertainment Industry, Bruce’s Catering and sponsored by Keyes Motors.
All are welcome and transportation pick-ups are listed on the backside of the flyer attached.


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SFSCVHC will NOT meet on 11/25/15

November 16, 2015
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With the holidays fast approaching, the San Fernando & Santa Clarita Valley Homeless Coalition (SFSCVHC) will not be meeting on 11/25/15.    There is still time to join the SPA 2 Homeless Coalition CES Team and/or support the walkers and runners who will be representing us on the 21st!  J Please visit for more information.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Served in San Fernando Valley

November 13, 2015
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Tuesday, November 24th, Thanksgiving Dinner served from 6-7:30 at The Church On The Way 14800 Sherman Way Van Nuys, CA 91405 Corner of Kester and Sherman Way. Free Bus Transportation provided departing from the below locations at 5:00pm.

First Baptist Church of North Hollywood 11210 Otsego St., North Hollywood, CA 91601
 Sunland Neighborhood Church 10632 Ora Vista St., Sunland, CA 91040
 Living Praise Christian Center 9200 Owensmouth Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311
 LA Family Housing 7843 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91605

SFV TGivingDinner_Screenshot - 11_13_2015 , 6_12_17 PM

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