LA Family Housing Corp. has received a $15,000 grant from Northwestern Mutual as part of the company’s 2019 Community Service Awards, an annual program to recognize employee volunteers and provide funding to nonprofit organizations.

The North Hollywood organization helps people transition out of homelessness.

Garin Demirjian, an associate financial representative at Northwestern Mutual’s downtown Los Angeles office, led the company’s efforts to support LA Family Housing. The grant was presented to LA Family Housing in her name.

The grant money will be used to support the nonprofit’s outreach and engagement efforts, interim housing, permanent affordable housing, and “family days” where staff and volunteers host activities and connect with residents.

“(This grant) is hugely important and allows us to continue to work on this multi-pronged approach to combatting homelessness. Because of it, we can go above and beyond what our government grants provide,” said Hilary Mandel, LA Family Housing’s director of grants.

Northwestern Mutual Los Angeles began supporting the organization last year with a fundraiser leading up to a Christmas party on December 12. There, employees hung out with the center’s resident kids and helped facilitate arts and crafts stations, a snack booth and even a surprise visit from Santa Claus. The children’s parents were given holiday baskets containing blankets, toothbrushes and other daily essentials.

“In the walk to and from our garage, there’s frankly homeless people everywhere,” said Elizabeth Gilbert, a marketing specialist at Northwestern Mutual’s L.A. office. “We wanted to do something on the ground that would have an effect in our community.”

Northwestern Mutual officially presented the grant check to LA Family Housing at a family night on March 16 at the nonprofit’s family living center at 7817 Lankershim Blvd.

LA Family Housing was founded in 1983 and serves more than 7,300 people each year in the greater Los Angeles area.

Dignity Health Donation

Dignity Health Southern California, a coalition of six hospitals including two in the San Fernando Valley, made a supply donation to the Children of War Foundation ahead of the nonprofit’s upcoming medical mission trips to Jordan and Haiti. The hospital network rounded up three palates worth of medical supplies for donation to emergency rooms and health care centers in the countries.

Among the donated supplies were gowns, sutures, staples, needles, blood pressure units, drains, foley catheters and antibiotic ointment. The supplies were valued at roughly $15,000.

Children of War is an L.A.-based nonprofit that provides health care to children in impoverished or underrepresented communities. Members are traveling to Jordan April 20 to assist refugees and displaced children there.

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