Real Solutions and Service to South LA

Miguel Orozco and Margarita Ramirez

 

Miguel Orozco and Margarita Ramirez are on the path to opening an independent contractor business and purchasing a home.

 

Meet Miguel Orozco and Margarita Ramirez. The couple has been married for over 10 years, and are raising three young boys in South Los Angeles. In May of 2018, Miguel and Margarita enrolled in All Peoples’ Spanish Financial Literacy Workshops. During the workshops, they were educated on financial topics which includes: budgeting, savings, banking products, credit building, investments, and the “how to” avoid identity theft. Currently, the couple are receiving financial coaching sessions and recently enrolled in the IDA program.

 

Miguel and Margarita are working on two financial goals: 1) support to establish an independent contractor business, and 2) purchasing a home. Miguel has already submitted his paperwork to become a license contractor. Miguel and Margarita are mono-Spanish speakers, and due to language barriers, they requested support from both their FamilySource Center case manager and financial coach to help interpret and change their business from a Limited Liability Company (LLC) to a Corporation (Co.) status. Currently, Miguel and Margarita are waiting on their submission results. In addition, both are seeking additional services at All Peoples such as: CARECEN services; and FamilySource Center’s College Corner to obtain college preparation workshops for their children.

 

With assistance of our All Peoples and FamilySource Center staff, Miguel Orozco and Margarita Ramirez are on the path to opening an independent contractor business and purchasing a home.

 

ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

All Peoples – Meet Our Team – Melanie Lopez

Let’s get to know Melanie Lopez, All Peoples Community Center’s RSVP Administrative Assistant/Youth Coordinator:

Favorite Food: PASTA!

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Favorite Sports Team: Dodgers

Favorite Quote/Saying: “Learning never exhausts the mind.”

How would you describe All Peoples Community Center?All Peoples is a place that everyone can come and feel safe and accepted. No matter if they are experiencing difficulties or whatever the situation may be, the doors are always open here!

Favorite Part of Your Job:My favorite part about my job is being a small part of making a difference in someone’s life.

My Best All Peoples Story: It’s difficult to think of one story because there are so many. Anytime I get a chance to sit and talk to my [RSVP] volunteers is a good experience for sure! The stories they have to share, their life experience and advice they give is something I’ll always be grateful for.

Hobbies: Going on road trips and watching The Office

Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I used to be in gymnastics.

Me in 3 Words: Adventurous, Spontaneous and Compassionate

We’re so happy that Melanie Lopez is part of our All Peoples Family!

JOIN US FOR OUR PARENT COLLEGE WORKSHOPS FALL 2018!

Parent College Workshops started on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.  Workshops will be held every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at All Peoples Community and FamilySource Center: 822 E 20th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011.

 

Workshop Topics:

 

“Attendance Matters”

September 26th

“Pathway to College & Testing”

October 3rd

“I Can Afford College!”

October 10th

“Your College, Your Choice!”

October 17th

“Cyber Bullying”

October 24th

 

For more information regarding our College Corner Workshops, please contact: Susana Nieva or Elizabeth Martinez at (213) 747-6357 ext 147, snieva@allpeoplescc.orgemartinez@allpeoplescc.org.

 

ABOUT ALL PEOPLES

Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

 

 

Are you 55+ and looking to make a difference in a child’s life? Join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at All Peoples Community Center! RSVP is currently looking for individuals who are ready to make a positive impact in the life of a child. Volunteer opportunities include:

 

  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Reading to Children
  • Sports League Assistant
  • Child care assistants
  • And more!

 

You may be asking, “But what if my schedule is all over the place?” Not a problem! We understand you have a lot going on, and we’ll work with your schedule. So what are you waiting for? Join the largest network of volunteers and start making a difference in a child’s life.

 

For more information, please contact RSVP Director Jennifer Santos at (213) 747-6357 ext 123 or jsantos@allpeoplescc.org.

ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

Real Solutions and Service to South LA

Crystal Ortga (right) with College Advisor Elizabeth Martinez

 

Crystal is an 18 year old graduate from Santee High School, and will be attending Humboldt State University in the Fall of 2018 as a full-time student. 

 

Meet Crystal Ortga.  Crystal grew up in our South LA Community, and is a long time member of All Peoples Community Center attending programs at the Center since she was eight years old. Her Parents are also very active members at All Peoples participating in various programs.  Crystal’s Parents encouraged her along with her siblings to attend our After-School Programs, Summer Day Camp, and Camp Joe Ide along with many other activities held at the Center throughout the year.

 

Crystal has been very active in Civic Engagement and giving back to her Community through our YouthSource Program. This past Summer, Crystal was an academic tutor for elementary school children enrolled in programs at All Peoples. She also led a group of girls ages ten and eleven for a week at All Peoples Camp Joe Ide as a Camp Counselor where she coordinated activities for the Youth.

 

Crystal graduated from Santee High School in June of 2018, and was accepted to Humboldt State University for Fall 2018 Classes. All Peoples Community and FamilySource Center assisted Crystal in seeking a sponsor for her traveling and moving expenses to the University.

 

Through Crystal’s hard work, dedication, Family, Community, and seeking available resources, we are happy to report that Crystal is currently at Humboldt University in Northern California and ready to start her 12 unit class semester!  We wish Crystal the very best, and look forward to keeping you updated on her journey!

 

ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

All Peoples – Meet Our Team – Susana Palacios

Let’s get to know Susana Palacios, All Peoples Community Center’s Receptionist, SDC Coordinator and SYEP Coordinator:

Favorite Food: Pad Thai

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Animal: Hummingbird

Favorite Sports Team: Cowboys

Favorite Quote/Saying: “Happy wife, happy life.”

How would you describe All Peoples Community Center? A great place that helps our community.

Favorite Part of Your Job: Working with the Children and Youth that participate in the center and those that come to get help here.

My Best All Peoples Story: During our Summer Program, we helped motivate the younger students by encouraging them to do their very best with all activities so they can become Junior Camp Counselors when they turn 15 (also known as CITs – Counselors in Training). It was such a great success that all of our students wanted to participate. They would say, “By the time we are 15, we will be ready to join the Summer Day Camp and be CITs.” The excitement that showed on their faces, because they were able to help out and be part of a team, was one of a kind.

Hobbies: Love taking pictures

Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: Love making picture videos.

Me in 3 Words: Caring, Overprotective, Loving

We’re so happy that Susana Palacios is part of our All Peoples Family!

Our New Community Farm needs your Vote!

Help our neighborhood win a $25k grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist.®

 

 

Here’s how: Click HERE and VOTE for All Peoples Community Center! 

Voting is from August 15th to August 24th.

You can vote up to 10 times per day!

 

 

“La Red De Cultivadores” (Food Growers Network) converts vacant lot into Micro Farm in South L.A.

The $25,000 will enable the community to complete the conversion of the vacant lot. Community members and agency partners have secured $35,000 for soil remediation, removal of gravel, acquiring mulch, and materials to build beds, purchase storage units and water line installation. The remaining needs include fencing, drip irrigation, lighting, and electricity. The community members input from several meetings require a thoughtful design which incorporates educational workshop area for trainings with children youth and adults. We want to incorporate green space for forums and gatherings with partners in the area. Our design includes a kitchen food preparation area for cooking classes, nutrition education, sharing recipes, and farm to table potlucks. In addition the design would include a food stand area for various food distribution and harvesting activities.

 

 

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All Peoples – Meet Our Team – Victor Perez

Let’s get to know Victor Perez, All Peoples Community Center’s 6th and 7th Grade Youth Coordinator:

Favorite Food: I don’t have a favorite food. I always like to try new foods when I can.

Favorite Color: Dodger Blue

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Favorite Sports Team: The Dodgers

Favorite Quote/Saying: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill

How would you describe All Peoples Community Center?: It’s a place that has always been welcoming to the community. It is a second home for a lot of people. I’ve spoken with kids who come to the Center on a day when the after school program is closed. They can be anywhere they want, but they choose to come to the Center and hang out here. They know we will never turn them away. I think that says a lot about what we do here at the Center. The students know just about everyone that works here and know that they can speak to any of us whenever they want. The parents that come to the Center know that as well. I’ve had many conversations with parents walking through the neighborhood on my way to lunch.

Favorite Part of Your Job: I like when we take the kids to places they haven’t been before. We take kids camping every summer. There are many kids around the neighborhood that have never had that experience. The kids get away from the city for a week to go hiking, climb trees and swim with their friends.

My Best All Peoples Story: I was hiking with a group of kids at Camp Joe Ide in the San Bernardino Mountains. One of the kids called out to me and said, “Victor, it’s probably night time in Los Angeles right now. My parents are probably sleeping.” I answered, “Yeah, it probably is night time in L.A.” It was around 3pm. The kid had never been camping, and he thought we were on the other side of the world. That’s the feeling we want all of the kids to have when we go to camp.

Hobbies: Movies, watching sports, and live concerts

Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I know a lot of useless facts.

Me in 3 Words: Honest, Direct, and Dependable

We’re so happy that Victor Perez is part of our All Peoples Family!

Summer Farmternship 2018

Roots for Peace Summer Farmternship Program was held from June 19, 2018 – August 1, 2018. Youth worked with Crystal Gonzalez from American Friends Service Committee’s Root for Peace Program as they explored issues that impact the health and wellness of our Community.  The Youth assisted with the building of the new community farm site located across the street from All Peoples Community Center. Youth enrolled in the Farmternship also assisted with the design and painting of the Mural located inside the new Community Farm. On August 1, 2018, Youth held a Mural presentation for Community Members.

Community Farm Mural

 

We encourage all young people between ages 15 to 18 who identify as POC (people of color) and are interested in building something better for our neighborhoods to apply each Summer to the Roots for Peace Summer Farmternship Program. You can contact Roots for Peace on their FaceBook Page. Farmternship is a project by the American Friends Service Committee’s Roots for Peace Program.

 

Summer Farmternship 2018

 

ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.