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Hello {First Name},

At Ascencia, we are forever indebted to our incredible donor base for all of the generosity they've shown us throughout the years. Our donors and community supporters are the reason that we are standing today and able to offer our services to our unhoused neighbors.

Last month, on Saturday, April 2nd, we held our 14th annual Gala at City Club LA. For over a decade, this event has allowed our donors to come together for a night of fun, auctioning, dancing, and benefitting Ascencia.

Our 14th Annual “Share the Love” Gala to support Ascencia’s mission to lift people out of homelessness, one person, one family at a time was a huge success with over 250 caring people in attendance including a beautiful example of a philanthropic legacy. Our presenter and benefactor, David L. Ho; our founding and past board presidents; Nicholas Lam, Gene “Chip” Stone, Mia Lee, Debbie Hinckley, and Deacon Ronald Baker; our current board president, Kim Guard; and our board president-elect, Bryan Longpre were all in attendance with the past presidents demonstrating what it means for predecessors to pass down their institutional knowledge to each incoming President while remaining connected to the organization in meaningful ways to serve the greater good for years to come.

We could not do what we do to move people experiencing homelessness who are truly suffering into the safety and security of permanent housing with a 95% housing retention rate without such dedication from them and all our funders, donors, volunteers, and partners.

The month of May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, and with untreated mental illnesses being a leading cause of homelessness, we are taking the time to remind ourselves and our constituents how important education and awareness of these issues are. Those suffering with mental illness are at higher risk of debt or homelessness, and overall quality of life tends to decline, which makes finding the motivation, resources, or knowledge to seek help incredibly difficult. Ascencia is aware of this fact, which is why we are committed to offering life-changing mental health services and resources to our clients.

Every gesture of kindness means a world of difference for the individuals and families we help, and we could not be more grateful to have such a strong, compassionate community behind us to create such meaningful change.

With sincere gratitude,

Dr. Laura Duncan

Executive Director

Connecting with Clients

From Ascencia to Home: Ruben

"They really mean it when they say they lift people out of homelessness... They did it for me."

Client Success Story: From Homeless to Housed - Ruben

In 2019, Ruben was left homeless after finding himself unable to pay rent. The COVID-19 pandemic hit, and after catching the virus, Ruben could no longer work, and was left homeless on the streets of West Hollywood and living out of a used vehicle he acquired. In 2021, Ruben found Joseph, one of our Case Managers here at Ascencia, during an outreach effort in West Hollywood.

During his time at Ascencia, Ruben was given three nutritious meals a day, a warm bed, showers, occupational therapy, and supportive case management services that helped him find stable housing. After receiving a housing voucher, Ruben was able to move into his new apartment and start a new life for himself. Ruben could not be more grateful for the help that Ascencia provided him. "Now I can say that I am home again," he says. Ruben sees Ascencia as the catalyst for starting a brand new life.

We at Ascencia want to congratulate Ruben for his recent move into a new home and give thanks to YOU, our incredible supporters, for helping each of our clients change their lives for the better.

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Connecting with Supporters

Ascencia's 14th Annual Gala: Share the Love


We would like to thank everyone who supported this years Gala to fund our invaluable programs and services that help us to lift people out of homelessness.

Your generosity towards our event helped us raise over $250,000 between live auction, fund a need, raffle, and ticket sales!

We are blown away.

Thanks to our Board of Directors, our Gala Committee, and Ascencia staff members and volunteers who worked the event for making this possible. Special shoutout to committee co-chairs Paulette Ramsey-Wood and Arbella Azizian, and our auctioneer Zan Aufderheide.

Thank you and see you next year!

Glendale Rotary

Stuff the Truck Event

On March 19th, the Rotary Club of Glendale Noon, in collaboration with the Sunrise chapter, ran a successful “Stuff the Truck” event, receiving donations from hundreds of generous community members. Glendale Police and Glendale Fire Departments demonstrated their deep ties with the local community during this event to support us.

This successful team effort resulted in a surplus of groceries for our clients and raised $1,420 in financial support to benefit Ascencia’s Homeless Services!

Thanks to Lieutenant Patrick Magtoto and Sergeant Jason Ross of GPD, everyone who volunteered their time, and the many members of the Glendale Community for donating groceries and financial support to Ascencia!

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Connecting with the Board of Directors

Welcome, Philip Ambrose!

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Meet our newest Ascencia board member, Philip Ambrose, who joined this March! Phil is a Fire Battalion Chief for the Glendale Fire Department assigned to the Verdugo Fire Communications Center. He joined Ascencia’s board because the Fire Department is on the front line of emergency care to the unhoused. He is also a student of Jesuit education, believing in ‘men for and with others’ and a duty to serve the community. He is a former board member for Wellness Works of Glendale and committee member for Not on our Watch which is designed to prevent military deaths by suicide. 

Prior to joining the fire service, Phil held positions within EH&S and Hazardous/Radioactive materials management with UCLA and biotech leader, Amgen. Phil received the Exceptional Public Service Award from the United States FBI for serving as a training liaison to their Hazardous Materials Response Team and spent several years as a volunteer K9 search and rescue handler for the LA County Sheriff’s Department. 

Chief Ambrose is a Los Angeles native and attended Loyola High School and Loyola Marymount University where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. He enjoys writing for fire publications, speaking at conferences, and learning to improve business processes. Phil lives in the south bay and enjoys spending time in the ocean with his wife and two sons.

Know someone who would be a good fit to join our Board?

One of the best ways to help Ascencia is to introduce us to prospective new board members. It is an effective way to expand our influence in the cities we serve through its local business partners and influential members of the community.

Help us grow our Board of Directors by introducing us to your contacts from corporations, foundations, government agencies, or retired individuals that have a desire to impact our efforts to help people experiencing homelessness. As the saying goes, it’s not what you know, but who you know. 

Please contact Camille Guerrero at cguerrero@ascenciaca.org to discuss.

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Ascencia in the News

The April 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press included an article featuring our Share the Love Gala!

"Ascencia’s 14th annual “Share the Love” gala, which took place on Saturday, April 2, at City Club L.A. was the Glendale-based homeless outreach nonprofit’s first fully in-person gala since 2018."

"There were 245 guests, including community supporters, civic leaders, friends and family of Ascencia board members and staff, and other generous Angelenos..."

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