New RCA Grantees for 2022-23 Announced

from Julie Barkan, Director RCA, and Arden Teplow, Chair Social Service Committee

February 7, 2022

RCA imageryThe mission of The Ebell of Los Angeles Rest Cottage Association (RCA) is to give grants to other LA organizations that help women and their children. The culmination of this year’s work has resulted in the RCA choosing 16 grantees. Our bylaws require us to donate approximately $144,000 this year. We have decided to increase that amount to $160,000 in order to donate $10,000 dollars to each grantee. We’re pleased that our grantee list contains several different kinds of organizations.

We have 16 grantees, with 6 new organizations. The six new grantees are:

Alcoholism Center for Women: Empowers women to make new choices for positive futures. Has a 32-bed substance abuse residential treatment program, intensive outpatient treatment program and outpatient counseling programs. Was the first female drug/alcohol center of the west coast.

LA House of Ruth: To give shelter and hope to homeless women and children. For over 40 years, they help women move from abuse and dependency to independence and success. Their programs include permanent supportive housing, case management, legal assistance, therapy, nutrition and parental education, and aftercare programs.

Harvest Home: Transforming the lives of pregnant women and their children by providing housing, support and programs that include case management, therapy, classes, connections and resources.

Journey House, Inc.: In 2010 they added services for female former foster youth. They help former foster youth transition to successful independent housing, education, employment, counseling, mentoring and peer support.

LACenter for Law and Justice: Non-Intimate Partner Assault Program. To secure justice for survivors of assault, with a holistic, client-centered and trauma-informed services. Integrated model to meet all the needs of the clients, including all legal and police related issues.

Upward Bound House: They provide homeless families with housing, employment training, case management, professional development, life skills, financial education, community resources, help with securing permanent housing and aftercare support.

Our 10 grantees from last year that have been approved are:

Critical Mass Dance Company: Heart-centered movement practice, which supports the health, healing and transformation of women who have experienced trauma. They have teen and women empowerment programs to build self-confidence, reduce stress and anxiety, and make healthy connections with others. Programs are offered in English and Spanish.

Families and Criminal Justice: Support services for women and their children who have been involved in the criminal justice system. The Miracle Project supports healthy parenting, healthy infant/toddler development, prenatal education, home and community services.

Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children/Farley House: Offers core programs of shelter, food, case management and employment services to guide homeless women on their move to self-sufficiency and lives of independence.

Jewish Family Services/Hope Transitional: Helps victims of abuse and their children through physical, educational, occupational, social and therapeutic support services. Houses 26 families, with 52 children.

Journey Out: To help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears and empower them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. They have drop-in center and Victim Empowerment Program.

New Directions for Veterans: Gives support to the Oasis Program, which helps women vets recover from trauma, prevent homelessness, suicide prevention and access to resources and employment.

St.Barnabas Senior Services: The Women’s Emergency Fund pays for basic needs such as, food, medical, housing, etc. They serve economically vulnerable seniors to maintain their independence, reduce isolation and improve their health.

Treasures Ministries: Emergency Care Program that gives support to sex trafficking victims and women in the sex industry – parttime on-call caseworker, care packages and food vouchers. Their goal is to help these women live healthy, flourishing lives.

Union Rescue Mission/Hope Gardens Family Center: For homeless women to transition to financial stability and permanent housing within 12-30 months by offering long-term rehabilitation programs, case management, jobs, life skills, childcare, and help to recover from past trauma.

WeSPARK Cancer Support Center: Supporting women with cancer through nutritional counseling, alternative healing, social bonding, online support groups, crisis counseling, online yoga/mindfulness and community resources.