The Issue: Homelessness in Los Angeles County
According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, 51,340 individuals experienced homelessness in Los Angeles County in 2011. Of these individuals, more than 9,000 are veterans, and 12,500 experience chronic homelessness.
The San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc.'s Cornerstone program serves as the first point of contact for adults aged 26–59 who have a serious mental illness and are experiencing homelessness. When new clients arrive at the Center, many are in a fragile state of health due to months—if not years—of malnutrition and poor hygiene.
The Campaign: Hygiene Kits for Clients with Mental Illness
With each $10 donation to this Grassroots campaign, the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, in partnership with Walgreens, can give a hygiene kit to one client experiencing homelessness. Each kit contains items including, but not limited to a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, body wash, bar soap, and hand sanitizer. The Center's staff and volunteers will hand out the hygiene kits to clients at the Cornerstone program and to individuals on the streets. Each additional $10 donation will be used to provide a hygiene kit to another client experiencing homelessness.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
Founded in 1970, the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. strives to improve the mental health of individuals and families. As part of its commitment to treating all people with dignity and helping enhance their quality of life, the center provides services to people of all ages with severe emotional disorders and mental illness, from infants to older adults.
The center's Cornerstone program serves individuals aged 26–59 experiencing mental-health issues and homelessness. Participants in the program can work with a case manager and nurses, plan for shelter and housing, and socialize with their peers. Alternatively, they can simply access showers, lockers, and laundry facilities and receive snacks and meals.