Fostering hope in Southern California
There are nearly 70,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County.
Cathleen Bucholtz, partner and national Unclaimed Property practice leader, volunteers with Hope the Mission – an organization that offers long-term housing for those in need.
“I can’t think of better people or a better organization to address this crisis,” Cathleen said.
Hope the Mission started in San Fernando Valley and now operates 19 homeless shelters throughout Los Angeles County.
Each resident receives three meals a day, as well as job opportunities and training.
Cathleen and her husband Robert first volunteered to prepare meals for Hope the Mission shelters; She now serves on their Finance Committee. The couple also hosts birthday parties for children within the shelters once a month.
“We order cake and pizzas, prepare goodie bags, and invite all the children and their families so they can play together,” she said. “These birthday parties are a great opportunity for the kids to feel special while gathering and socializing in a safe space.”
The $10,000 Baker Tilly Wishes grant contributed to the opening of their new shelter (pictured left) in Woodland Hills, California.