Our Family Empowerment & Mentorship Model

Imagine LA is dedicated to helping families permanently break free from the cycle of homelessness by working with volunteers and building community. 

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Imagine LA's professional staff of MSWs trains and guides family and mentor teams. Every family gets a financial wellness mentor and each family member over five gets his/her own mentor. Other volunteers help with tutoring, career development, childcare, healthcare, meal-planning and more.

Week by week, month by month, relationships, skills and confidence grow.

RESULTS: 100% remain housed; earned income is up 71%; savings is up 68%; all are utilizing regular healthcare; 100% graduate from high school and go on to college!


The Imagine LA Family Empowerment & Mentorship Program utilizes intensive family case management and super charges it with mentorship and access to private and public resources.  

We match every vulnerable family with a team of trained volunteers.  We guide each Family Mentor Team to work with a family emerging from homelessness or at severe risk of homelessness (e.g. emancipating foster youth with children of their own) to maintain their housing, to attain self-sufficiency and to ensure that every family member thrives. We work with families within the Los Angeles area and the surrounding communities of Hollywood, DTLA, Inglewood, South LA, Compton, Koreatown/Rampart, Pasadena, and the San Fernando Valley.

Interested in Becoming a Mentor?

For a 12- to 18-month commitment you can make a life changing difference for a family in need.  To learn about becoming a volunteer click here.

Interested in Referring a Family?

Are you a transitional housing shelter or have you been working with a family who would benefit from our program?  Please contact Briana Mandel at (323) 944-0210.