Rubicelia Lopez

“I’ve been working on my credit for a while now and I am happy to see that I’ve made some progress; it’s actually weird for me to say that I have good credit now!” – Rubicelia Lopez

Meet Rubicelia Lopez. She is a stay-at-home mother of six children who is happily married and lives in South Los Angeles. Like most families living in South Los Angeles, Rubicelia and her husband found it difficult to improve their financial wellness due to debt obligations, delinquent bills, mismanaged credit, and insufficient savings and emergency funds.

Thus, Rubicelia sought out All Peoples’ FamilySource Center (FSC) and participated in a financial literacy workshop in October-November of 2017. Rubicelia learned the fundamentals of financial management and continued the program by enrolling in financial coaching services. With financial coaching, Rubicelia was able to open an Individual Development Account (IDA), a program that encourages participants to save by matching their savings amount towards an asset building goal. For Rubicelia, her ultimate goal is to purchase a home.

In the effort to achieve her goal, she needed to improve her credit score. Rubicelia recently applied for her first credit card. She was approved for a credit card with 0% Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for 12 months with earn cash back on purchase benefits. With her new credit card, Rubicelia was able to increase her FICO score from 681 to 705. Additionally, Rubicelia is currently working part-time. She seeks to increase her monthly income to contribute to her IDA. At the moment, she’s in the process of obtaining a guard card in hopes of becoming a full-time security guard.

With financial education and coaching, Rubicelia was able to achieve huge financial mile stones. Her next step is to enroll in a First-Time Homebuyer workshop where she will gain the necessary tools, knowledge, and resources to become a homeowner.

With assistance of our All Peoples and FamilySource Center staff, Rubicelia is on the path to becoming a first-time home buyer.

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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.

Let’s get to know Erick Moreno, All Peoples Community Center’s 8th – 12th Grade and Arts Program Youth Coordinator:

Favorite Food: Peruvian /Pollo or Lomo Saltado

Favorite Color: Grey & Blue

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Quote/Saying: “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

How would you describe All Peoples Community Center?: Many people grow up missing something in their lives, some don’t have resources while others don’t have family. All Peoples has been the resource and family that many of us will never have available because of the inequalities of our society. They empower community members to better their situations through organizing, counseling, education and resources.

Favorite Part of Your Job: During the summer we do so many activities and I am always happy to teach art and show my creative side. Another favorite part of my job is taking the Youth camping to Lock Leven.  I teach them Archery during our stay at the camp site.

My Best All Peoples Story: One day I got hit by a car on my Bicycle and broke my clavicle and was hurt for a month and wasn’t able to come back to work. The staff took it upon themselves to do a small fundraiser to help me out.

Hobbies: I love painting, creating, and Imagining things. During my free time I paint or Create worlds in video games.

Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I love challenges.  If you’re in my team most likely we are going to win, or I am push you hard enough to do it.

Me in 3 Words: Reserved, Traditional, and Just!

We’re so happy that Erick Moreno is part of our All Peoples Family!

Take a Closer look at our Youth Arts Program with Erick Moreno!

Marina and Rosa Chavez

“I feel that my sister and I are two different people and yet, we have the same dream of opening a business one day. Perhaps, together, we can make that happen.” –Rosa Chavez

Marina and Rosa Chavez are two sisters living in South Los Angeles. In October 2017, the Chavez sisters enrolled in All Peoples’ FamilySource Center: Spanish Financial Literacy Workshop. The Chavez sisters graduated and received a certificate of completion from the workshops. The sisters were able to open their first savings account through the Individual Development Account (IDA) Program also referred to a our Matched Savings Program.

Soon after, the Chavez sisters enrolled in All Peoples: Financial Coaching Program. The Financial Coaching sessions provided the Chavez sisters with guidance and resources revolving around their financial needs: savings, budgeting, identify theft prevention, business development, among other financial subjects.

In the month of April, the Chavez sisters were able to both achieve their savings goals of $1,000 ($2,000 considering the Matched Savings Program). Currently, the Chavez sisters are interested in registering for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS): Child Care Licensing and Orientation Program. However, due to their financial constrains, they are not able to pay the enrollment fee. Nonetheless, All Peoples’ FamilySource Center has offered the sisters the opportunity to pay for their orientation and licensing in support of their dream to one day own a childcare business. As of now, the Chavez sisters are in the process of enrolling for the next upcoming CDSS’s Child Care Orientation in June 2018.

With assistance of our All Peoples and FamilySource Center staff, Maxine and Rita C are on the path to a successful career opportunity.

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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.

A Note from our Executive Director:

All Peoples Community Center had the opportunity to serve as the meeting location this past month for the South Central Neighborhood Council CD9 Monthly Community Clean Up Team.  Over 30 Volunteers that included Parents and Children from the local Girl Scouts troop, CYLP, Cadets, and Residents gathered at All Peoples Community Center. From Washington to Adams and San Pedro to Central Avenue, they swept the streets, removed illegal postings on light posts, and reported bulky items to the City’s 311 Center.  We would like to acknowledge all of the selfless Volunteers and Community Members who participated in the Event.

CD9 Community Clean Up

CD9 Community Clean Up

The Office of Councilmember Curren Price in partnership with the Los Angeles Promise Fund will continue to host Monthly Clean Up Teams throughout the year.   Whether you currently reside in the area or are interested in ways to become involved in Community Service for South Los Angeles, we encourage you to join us for one of the upcoming Events.  Tools, gloves, and lunch are provided to all Volunteers, and Community Service Hours are also provided as needed.  For more information, please contact the District Office at (323) 846-2651.  You can also check for upcoming events on The New 9th website here or Facebook page.

Mayor Garcetti with Executive Director Saundra Bryant and South LA Community Members

Mayor Garcetti with Executive Director Saundra Bryant and South LA Community Members

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti along with Councilmember Curren Price also spent time in our South Central Neighborhood on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Mayor Garcetti had the opportunity to walk along Central Avenue with Councilmember Price and talk with neighbors about how we’re all working together to make our Communities safer, cleaner and more walkable.

Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Curren Price visiting neighbors on Central Avenue.

Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Curren Price visiting neighbors on Central Avenue.

As always, Thank You for your Service and Commitment to our South Los Angeles Community!

Sincerely,

Saundra Bryant

Executive Director

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Congratulations to our Executive Director, Saundra Bryant for this recognition from Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard:

Rep. Roybal-Allard Celebrates Black History Month

Washington, DC Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) released the following video statement in honor of Black History Month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbepLKB5eZk

Below is a copy of Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s statement.

“Hello, I’m Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.  Every year during the month of February, we take time to reflect on the countless contributions that African Americans have made to this nation throughout its history.  We recognize and appreciate the collective strength that diversity brings to the United States.

“I’m inspired by African American leaders like Saundra Bryant, from our 40th Congressional District.  For more than thirty years, Saundra has been the Executive Director of All Peoples Community Center in South Los Angeles.  Over her decades of leadership at All Peoples, she has devoted herself to the well-being of her neighbors, overseeing an array of services and activities that have helped generations of local men, women, and children make ends meet and pursue their full potential.

“Black History Month not only encourages us to celebrate the progress we have made as a country, but also reminds us of the work we still have to do.  It is time to work together to find real solutions so we may ensure a better, brighter, and more equitable future for all Americans.

“I am proud to celebrate Black History Month, and I hope you will join me in celebrating the progress we have made as a nation, and recommitting ourselves to building a better tomorrow.”

All Peoples Community Center has been named a Family Resource Center by the City of Los Angeles, an honor that comes with an $800,000 annual grant and a mandate to increase both family income and academic achievement in the South LA neighborhood it has long served.

“We are proud, humbled, and deeply aware of the heavy responsibility that comes with this award,” said Director Saundra Bryant. “But it aligns with our mission. It is what we do. And we have been doing it since 1942. We will make it happen.”

Bryant has named Julio Ramos, 26-year All Peoples veteran, to be Director of the Family Source Center initiative. “We can’t wait to get started,” said Ramos, “and we are in the process of hiring 16 new staff members to meet our commitments to the city and to the neighborhood.”

Ramos and team will serve a minimum of 2500 individuals during the year, and will work intensively with 375 of them to meet ambitious program goals. Delivering on these is a requirement, as the city will review All Peoples’ performance before awarding another $800,000 next year, as well as potential grants through 2021.

All Peoples will be building on an already impressive track record of community service. Last year, the center offered over 20 programs to an average of 400 people a day, six days a week, at its premises just southwest of downtown Los Angeles. All this with a staff of 23 that leverages relationships with other non-profit agencies, as well as 450+ senior volunteers.

In the proud tradition of its name, All Peoples has long embraced everyone who comes through its doors. Since 1942, the center has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 zip code, that has changed from Japanese-American to African-American to Latino today.

“We will continue to earn the trust of our community,” promised Director Bryant, “our work has just begun.”