WE ARE FAMILY PROMISE OF THE VERDUGOS

A brief history...

Family Promise of the Verdugos, FPV, was created by a group of dedicated volunteers including local congregation leaders as a means to help situationally homeless families who at times are not as visible as the chronic homeless population. One of our founding board members, Jennifer Greene-Smith, had learned about the Family Promise National organization when she was studying. Jennifer, along with Pastor Paul Clairville from Westminster Presbyterian, brought the idea to our community and soon after community meetings began to take place. From 2008-2010 several fundraisers took place in order to raise funds to open our doors. Many community meetings took place to develop our name, by-laws, board of directors and hire staff.  It was during this time that we created what we were then known as, Family Promise of the East San Fernando Valley.

It was in July 2010 when the board of directors and staff opened its doors to provide shelter for the very first family.
t was for the next four years that the organization worked diligently in providing supportive services while our partners, local congregations, provided overnight accommodations and meals.

In 2014, FPV temporarily shut its doors down to regroup and strategize on ways to raise funds and continue helping families experiencing homelessness. In 2014, an annual benefit was held which raised awareness of the organizations mission while raising much needed funds.

 

In July 2015, the board of directors hired a new Executive Director, Albert Hernandez, who helped rebuild the organization. It was from 2015 until present time that the organization raised funds, partnered with new foundation and city's to expand services including adopting new programs such as rapid rehousing, transitional housing, homeless prevention and more. The organization grew from a staff of 2 to 14, with three sites including 2 in Burbank and 1 in Glendale. Today we continue to support our most vulnerable population by offering unique programming that has resulted in over 600 homeless families moving back into permanent housing since 2010. 

Areas We Service

Our Mission

To assist families experiencing homelessness gain independence by transitioning
into permanent housing and employment with the support of our community.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be leading community organization committed to building
a brighter future by ending homelessness, one family at a time.

Awards

Through the compassionate and loving care we provide to the homeless population
our organization and staff have earned several awards. 

2016 Non-Profit of the Year

Family Promise of the Verdugos awarded the inaugural Non-Profit of the Year by California 5th Senate District.

2017 Top 30 in 30 Visionary Award

Executive Director, Albert Hernandez recognized as a Top 30 in 30 Visionary by the Southern California Leadership Network &  LA Chamber of Commerce.

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2018 Citizen of the Year

Executive Director, Albert Hernandez awarded the Citizen of the Year by the Burbank Association of Realtors.

2019 Purple Tie Awards

Presented by the Glendale YWCA, Purple Tie Awards event, recognizing men who are working to end domestic violence. Family Promise was honored for their partnership and leadership.

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2021 Guidestar Seal of Transparency

This recognition shows commitment to transparency in financials metrics.

Grants Awarded

2020-2021

  • AmazonSmile Foundation

  • California Emergency Solutions & Housing

  • California Foundation for Stronger Communities

  • Charity Aid Foundation of America

  • Community Development Block Grant

  • Community Foundation of the Verdugos

  • Continuum of Care Grant

  • Dignity Health Care Foundation

  • Emergency Solutions Grant

  • Harold Edelstein Foundation

  • Homeless, Housing Assistance & Prevention

  • LA County Development Authority Fund

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation

  • Measure H

  • Mother Joseph Fund

  • Soroptimist International of Glendale

  • State Farm Foundation

  • Venable Foundation

  • Walt Disney Co. Foundation

  • Women In California Leadership Grant

2019-2020

  • Aufmuth Family Foundation

  • Barbara & Jay Fritz Foundation

  • California Emergency Solutions & Housing

  • California Foundation for Stronger Communities

  • Community Development Block Grant

  • Continuum of Care Grant

  • Dignity Health Care Foundation

  • Glendale Kiwanis Foundation

  • Harold Edelstein Foundation

  • General Electric Foundation

  • LA County Development Authority Fund

  • Mother Joseph Fund

  • National Charity League - Burbank Grant

  • United Way Los Angeles Fund

  • Venable Foundation

  • Walt Disney Co. Foundation

Timeline

2010

Family Promise opens its Shelter program in July 2010 to serve its first homeless families.

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Rapid Rehousing

Family Promise begins a new partnership with cities of Glendale and Burbank to offer Rapid Rehousing programs focused on chronically homeless families.

2017

2018

A partnership was created to serve as a sub-recepient of LA Family Housing. Our partnership expanded our services and knowledge in government opportunties.

2020

FPV begins operating Jerry's Promise, a Transitional Housing apartment building.

2019

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FPV merges with Communitas to strengthen its preventive services to include financial planning and job development.

Our Values

Our vision is to be leading community organization committed to building a brighter future by ending homelessness, one family at a time.

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Dignity

Treat each person with honor and appreciation.

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Compassion

Demonstrate understanding, care, and concern.

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Respect

Acknowledge the feelings, wishes, rights  and traditions of others.

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Empowerment

Promote self-sufficiency and confidence.

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Hope

Face the future with optimism.