Announcing Our First Licensee: Imagine Whittier

One of our long-term goals is to replicate our model far and wide. Two years in the making, Imagine Whittier does just that.
 
In October, we formally launched the program, which is a partnership of The Whole Child, Greenleaf Consortium of Churches, the Whittier Consortium on Homelessness, and Imagine LA.

  Special kudos go to Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri, Drew Prior, and Pastor Stephanie Warner. This partnership simply wouldn’t have happened without them! They are shown here along with all the partners at our launch celebration.

Special kudos go to Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri, Drew Prior, and Pastor Stephanie Warner. This partnership simply wouldn’t have happened without them! They are shown here along with all the partners at our launch celebration.

Housed within The Whole Child (TWC), the Imagine Whittier program is already on-boarding and matching vulnerable families with volunteer mentors. These teams are now actively breaking the cycle of family homelessness and poverty in Whittier.

Briana Mandel, Imagine LA's director of training and program development, trained TWC staff and partners to replicate what we do in Los Angeles, tailored to the Whittier community, and spearheaded the licensing process. 

  Briana Mandel leads a mentor training at Whittier Area Community Church, part of the Greenleaf Consortium.

Briana Mandel leads a mentor training at Whittier Area Community Church, part of the Greenleaf Consortium.

Funding

We are incredibly grateful to the funders that made the Imagine Whittier launch possible. These include: Cedars-Sinai Foundation, Supervisor Janice Hahn, Whittier Area Community Church and the BCM Foundation. In addition, we shepherded The Whole Child in securing sustainable funding from LA County Department of Health Services (DHS) for the Imagine Whittier program, so it can continue to grow. 

 La Opinión , the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the U.S. and second-most read newspaper in Los Angeles, published a feature story on the launch:  "Una oportunidad para las familias de Los Ángeles."  English translation available  here .

La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the U.S. and second-most read newspaper in Los Angeles, published a feature story on the launch: "Una oportunidad para las familias de Los Ángeles." English translation available here.

Imagine LA is looking for the right partners to expand further in Los Angeles County.
Please contact Briana Mandel for more information.