Ian Mitchell King on What’s Different About Hope Gardens Homeless Shelter
Ian Mitchell King is no stranger to philanthropic work with the homeless. He is a veteran of volunteer service at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, the Pasadena Homeless Shelter, the Camp Pendleton clothes and toys drive, the PALS Youth Center, and Hope Gardens. Of all the good work being done for the homeless in southern California, Ian Mitchell King says, Hope Gardens stands out.
Hope Gardens is a ministry of the Union Rescue Mission, established in Los Angeles in 1891. Union Rescue Mission is the oldest organization serving the homeless in Los Angeles, in operation for over 130 years, and one of the largest in the United States.
Hope Gardens stands as an oasis of hope on 71 acres in the foothills in the northernmost neighborhood in Los Angeles, Sylmar. It has a transitional housing campus for women and children experiencing temporary homelessness. Its Sequoia Lodge provides permanent housing for senior women who otherwise would be chronically unhoused.
Hope Gardens was founded on the conviction that no child should have to grow up on the streets of Los Angeles and that a true home is more than protection from the weather and something to eat every day.
For women and children, Hope Gardens provides the stability they need to make the transition to a stable, self-supporting lifestyle. For 12 to 36 months, women receive long-term rehabilitation services that will help them find a job, a home, and the resources to provide their children with a stable lifestyle. These younger women in transition receive counseling for making healthy choices along with the tangible help they need for physical, psychological, and spiritual health.
Children who live with their mothers at Hope Gardens have regular, planned recreational activities. They receive on-site tutoring and family therapy. The Union Rescue Mission also provides them with mentoring, social and character education, and leadership development.
Mothers who live at Hope Gardens get three meals a day and childcare. They receive regular access to medical and dental care. Hope Gardens provides them with life skills education, job, and financial training, and onsite psychotherapy.
For senior women, the Sequoia Lodge at Hope Gardens is more than a safe place to sleep at night. Residents of Sequoia Lodge receive a private single-occupancy studio with their own bathroom. They receive 24/7 security, transportation, three meals a day, referrals to medical and legal help, and access to the Internet.
Ian Mitchell King shares the goal of the United Rescue Mission that not a single precious senior woman, not a single mother, and not a single child should be forced to live on Skid Row. The challenge is that the need is great. Ian Mitchell King devotes his time and money to do his part to creating permanent safe homes for all the women and children of LA.