Rep Roybal-Allard Tours Chrysalis, A Non-profit Organization Dedicated to Helping the Homeless Escape Poverty
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) toured Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Since its start in 1984, Chrysalis has helped more than 35,000 individuals escape homelessness and poverty with the help of resources offered at its three centers in Downtown’s Skid Row, Santa Monica and Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley. A supporter of the organization’s work, the congresswoman secured federal funding for its Ex-Offender and Homeless Job Training Initiative.
While visiting the Downtown Chrysalis center, the congresswoman met with Margie Taylor, a Chrysalis client and true success story. Margie came to Chrysalis with a history of drug abuse and criminal activity, stemming from a childhood of abuse and neglect. Having completed her prison sentence, she was ready to take the steps necessary to turn her life around. By utilizing Chrysalis’ resources and following the employment program, she found temporary work as a maintenance technician. When she’s not working, she is busy taking college classes to become a counselor for young people, and also has an internship with a substance abuse center. The life skills she has acquired are allowing her to save money for the future and set long-term goals. The positive changes in Margie’s life have also motivated her to reconnect with her siblings and daughter.
Since the economic downturn, 60 percent more men and women have sought Chrysalis’ services. With nearly 500 clients a day, Chrysalis is creating plans to expand its downtown facility to meet the needs of these individuals and continue to provide them with the high-quality employment services the center is known for.To learn more about Chrysalis, please read the congresswoman’s congressional record tribute submitted last year in honor of the organization’s 25th anniversary, or visit the Chrysalis website: www.changelives.org. .