Food on Foot’s Jobs & Housing program assists high-functioning adults who are experiencing homelessness with the tools and resources needed to leave the streets of Los Angeles with a life-skills education, a full-time job, fully furnished apartments, and the confidence needed to make their accomplishments long lasting.
With your help, we are able to NURTURE our unhoused participants without restrictions, and give them the quality time and assistance to meet their unique and individual needs.
“This program has given me a better outlook on life
and I feel I can do anything I set my mind to.”
Aiman T. – Work for Food Graduate
A “Trust First” Approach To Ending Homelessness
The key to Food on Foot’s success rate is its ‘Trust First’ approach. Program participants are helped to recreate his or her internal sense of trust and confidence – a mindset of self-belief– which disappears when basic shelter and resources are lost.
Self-esteem and confidence are regained as our participants go through the program and begin to see empowering results from:
Life Skills training:
- Interview training
- Money management
- Crisis management & counseling
- Rewarding opportunities to give back by cleaning the streets of Hollywood
- A full-time job (which we help find for each participant)
- Rent for their apartment (while in the program)
- Apartment furnishing and amenities
- Work clothes
- Bus passes
- Cell phone
Once a participant earns a full-time job and housing, they also become part-time, paid seasonal Food on Foot “Operations Associates.” Here, they work at the Sunday Serving food distribution events alongside volunteers and staff.
Their responsibilities include:
- Checking in and welcoming volunteers
- Assisting with food distribution
- Setting up and breaking down the Sunday Servings
- Mentoring and training new program participants
This program enhancement expands life-skills training, boosts income, and strengthens resumes and employment history.
Graduation and Beyond:
Once a participant accumulates $5,000 in paycheck savings from their full-time job, they graduate the program with employment, savings, life-skills, and a huge boost in confidence.
But your support doesn’t stop there. Your donations also provide the follow-up and aftercare necessary to help our clients stay in the job and overcome obstacles as they arise after graduation.