Cambridge Who’s Who Lifetime Member, Brenda Wilson, started the New Image Emergency Shelter with her twin sister, Lynda Moran, in 1989. The mission of the New Image Emergency Shelter for the homeless is to decrease and prevent homelessness throughout Los Angeles County by providing comprehensive case management and supportive services, housing, job search placement, outreach and referral services.
New Image began providing social services to homeless, low-income individuals and families with children in 1989. At that time, New Image only had one program and four employees. By 1990, New Image operated more than 40 local, city, county and federal programs dedicated to helping the homeless. Today, it operates 413 programs with numerous services provided by more than 184 employees.
The Long Beach Multi-Service Center offers services and amenities such as a shower room, laundry room, childcare, message and mail services, clothing, a medical prevention health clinic and a computer learning center. All are offered at no charge, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
New Image Transitional Housing Programs helps homeless families with children by providing job, education and practical life skills assistance. The program lasts for 6 to 9 months and prepares participants in the program for placement in permanent housing or ownership. Additionally there is Project Fresh Start, a transitional program for homeless single women. The program aids women with job search and placement, retention, budgeting and practical life skills while preparing them for placement in permanent housing.
New Image is the largest provider of emergency shelter in the State of California through the delivery of services provided at its Year Round Shelter Program. This program is in jeopardy of drastically having to reduce its emergency shelter beds for the homeless. Currently the shelter has 650 beds that will need to be reduced to 514 until the end of June 2008 and then reduced again in July to 266 beds. The shelter provides two hot meals, comprehensive case management and supportive services to 650 men and women. Over the past 18 years it has provided services to more than 1.5 million homeless, low-income individuals and families with children.
Be part of the solution today! To find out how you can help New Image maintain this program you can call (562) 983-7289 to speak directly with Cambridge member Brenda Wilson at the corporate office, make a financial donation on their website at www.newimageshelter.org or send a check payable to “New Image Emergency Shelter” to:
New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless
401 E. Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802