Real Solutions and Service to South LA

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.

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 – Erick Moreno

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!

Building a New Community Farm!

Please join us in building our new Community Farm! We’re converting a vacant lot across the street from All Peoples into a Community Farm!

With help from the American Friends Service Committee and Meta Housing, All Peoples is converting a vacant lot in South Los Angeles into an urban farm. The lot has been acquired; the gravel has been removed and replaced with soil. Now, we are ready to build our farm!

Please consider volunteering on any of the below workdays:

Friday, 6/29, 4-7 pm: Construction of the Raised Beds
Friday, 7/13, 4-7 pm: Mulch the Site
Wednesday, 7/25, 4-7 pm: Soil the Raised Beds

Location is 847 E 20th Street LA 90011. Please RSVP at cgonzalez@afsc.org.

If you’d like to make a donation to help build our farm, you can do so here: DONATE

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.
Free Citizenship Classes

All Peoples Community Center is now offering Free Citizenship Classes.

 

 

Save.the.Date 09.27.18

All Peoples Community Center’s Annual Gala and Fundraiser

Purchase Tickets HERE

All Peoples Community Center

All Peoples Community Center has served as a true safe haven and a beloved and trusted place for low-income children, youth, and families in South Los Angeles for 76 years.  We invite you to join us on Thursday, September 27, 2018, for our Annual Gala and Fundraiser “Sowing the Seeds of Change”at USC Radisson 3540 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007. The festivities will include dinner, awards and a silent auction.

“Sowing the Seeds of Change”

All Peoples has strived to improve the lives for the diverse, economically challenged residents of South Los Angeles by providing a comprehensive range of vital services, grass roots leadership, problem solving and authentic hands-on care to children, youth and their families. We assist more than 6,600 thousand children, youth and adults every year by offering comprehensive after school programs, emergency food distribution, parenting support and leadership groups, computer and financial literacy, case management, employment services, and domestic violence support. All Peoples is the hub in our community and a safe place for all residents to use as a platform for success.

Help Make a Difference

You can help us continue to fulfill our mission by supporting our Fundraising Celebration!

Become a Sponsor

Sponsors receive 4-25 Tickets to the Gala and an Ad in our Program Book. More

Purchase an Individual Ticket

Tickets include a 3-course plated dinner. Purchase Tickets HERE

Questions? Please contact Executive Director Saundra Bryant at (213) 747-6357 ext. 111.

All Peoples Community Center

Real Solutions. Real Heart. Real Service since 1942.

VOLLEYBALL CHAMPS!

The Youth Volleyball Championship Game was held on Saturday, June 2, 2018. It was a great game today between our All Peoples Seahawks and the Youth Policy Institute Bulldogs.  Congratulations to our All Peoples Seahawks on winning the Volleyball Championship Game!

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.

 

PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE WORKSHOPS

On Thursday, May 17, 2018 and Friday, May 18, 2018, Our YouthSource Center in partnership with CRCD – Coalition for Responsible Community Development held a 2-day Workshop led by Michelle Watson entitled: Professional Attire – The Best Dressed Workshop.  Topics discussed were: (1) Fashion dos and don’ts, (2) Why work attire is important, (3) Accessorizing, (4) Proper clothing measurements, (5) Appropriate shoes and (6) People’s perceptions based on images they receive while at the workplace.

To wrap up our YouthSource Professional Attire May Workshops, each YouthSource Participant was treated to a $100 Shopping Spree at Ross with CRCD Program Coordinator and YouthSource Center Manager Latea Davis, YouthSource Case Manager Adrian Rios and YouthSource Data Intake Specialist Michelle Watson!

About our YouthSource Center:

All Peoples Community Center is a proud partner of the new Vernon-Central Network YouthSource Center and is now offering additional Youth Services at the Center.  For more info on Youth Programs offered, please contact (213) 747-6357 Adrian Rios ext 151 or Michelle Watson  ext 120.

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 – Lily Huerta

Let’s get to know Lily Huerta, All Peoples Community Center’s Receptionist:

Favorite Food: My Mom’s Enchiladas

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Sports Team: LA Dodgers and LA Kings

Favorite Animal: Pandas

Favorite Quote/Saying: “If you have a dream, don’t let anyone take it away and always believe that the impossible is always possible!”

Lily Huera

How would you describe All Peoples Community Center?: The way I would describe APCC is supportive.  Always finding new ways/services to help the Community/families.

Favorite Part of Your Job: My favorite part of my job is meeting the different kinds of people that walk in and being able to help them.

Lily Huerta

My Best All Peoples Story: One of my best All Peoples stories is when I was a camp counselor at Camp Joe Ide.  I was in charge of the youngest group of girls and one of our activities was Archery.  I had a little girl that didn’t want to do it.  I talked to her and tried to convince her to try it at least once.  She ended up trying it.  She loved it, and she won a medal in the archery competition.  Later on that day she said to me, “Thank you for pushing me to try new things!”

Hobbies: Reading, Sleeping, Netflix

Lily Huerta

Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent:  Fun fact about me is that I am very claustrophobic.  I hate small spaces.

Me in 3 Words: Funny, Strong, Hard-working!

We’re so happy that Lily Huerta is part of our All Peoples Family!

College Campus Tours

College Corner Advisors took Students and Parents on a Campus Tour of California State Long Beach and California State Los Angeles on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  College Advisors were able to guide our 25 Youth and Parents through the campuses and give them an opportunity to learn about the campus history, admission requirements, and financial aid.
College Corner Advisors also held the Workshop: “Got Accepted To College…Now What?” on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 for Youth and Parents to help prepare High School Seniors who’ve been accepted to College.  Topics discussed were College Life, Deadlines, Scholarships, Student Loans, Housing, and Clubs & Student Government.

We encourage You to visit our College Corner at All Peoples Community Center at 822 E 20th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011.  Please call our College Advisors Susana or Elizabeth at (213) 747-6357 ext 147 for more information.

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

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.

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.