Who We Are

Imagine LA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of family homelessness and chronic poverty via a supercharged blend of mentoring and social services.

58,000 people in Los Angeles are homeless. One third are families and young adults. Please join us to help them realize a better future.

What We Do

We recruit teams of volunteer mentors who are professionally trained and guided to assist vulnerable families, ending their cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Our Impact

Families are thriving! All Imagine LA Families remain in housing; incomes are up 71%; kids are thriving in school and graduating; and all receive regular medical care and are building crucial wellness habits.

Last year we doubled in size and, with you on board, we’ll help hundreds more families.

Mentoring with Imagine LA

Imagine LA mentors are bound by a desire to share their skills and life experiences to help others.

Mentors are committed to fighting homelessness in Los Angeles. They are eager to work in a team of like-minded peers and commit to a long-term volunteer position that’s incredibly fulfilling. They may join us from community groups, partner companies, faith communities or simply have a passion to help others and join as an individual. They are adults, homemakers, professionals, retirees, millennials and boomers.

Our Model

Imagine LA's innovative Family Empowerment & Mentorship model utilizes intensive family case management and super charges it with mentorship and access to private and public resources. Our professional staff matches and guides teams of trained volunteers to work with a families emerging from homelessness or at severe risk of homelessness to maintain their housing, to attain self-sufficiency and to ensure that every family member thrives. 

Commitment and Training

Our model works. Our families thrive. Los Angeles needs us.

Imagine LA mentors commit to in-person meetings with their family 2x/month and a text or call 1x/week for 12 to 18 months. Each works in a 3- to 7-person team with a single family. Our professional staff trains and guides all our mentors, beginning with an initial, half-day training session at our offices.

Imagine LA matches every family member with a one-to-one mentor; plus every family gets a Budget Mentor; and other volunteers help with tutoring, career development, childcare, healthcare, meal-planning and more. Week-by-week family members build relationships, skills and habits. Month-by-month we see confidence build, income, grades, and wellness rise. Ultimately, the family’s journey goes from barely surviving to thriving. 

Learn More

Before applying to mentor with us, please attend one of our information sessions to learn about our unique model.

Beyond Mentoring

There are many ways to get involved with Imagine LA beyond mentoring. We need access to summer internship programs, tutors, sponsors, hosts for family fun events, and more.

Please contact ciera@imaginela.org or call 323-944-0210 to discuss how you’d like to be involved. We’d love to have your help.