ASCENCIA

"one person, one family at a time"

Glendale, CA   |  www.ascenciaCA.org

Mission

To lift people out of homelessness, one person, one family at a time.

Notes from the nonprofit

Ascencia posts its reports, including financial statements and biennial reports on the agency website: http://www.ascenciaca.org/about/agency-documents/

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Dr. Laura Duncan

Main address

1851 Tyburn Street C/o Ascencia

Glendale, CA 91204 USA

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Formerly known as

PATH Achieve Glendale

EIN

20-4233822

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ascencia works to address the complicated needs of people who have lost their home, many who have been homeless for years. In the region served by Ascencia, over 6,000 people are homeless on any given night. The vast majority of these people are unsheltered, living in public spaces, along the Los Angeles River, or in their vehicle. All the people we see are survivors of trauma, and most have limited work histories. At least half have one or more disabilities. If they have income, it is usually well below $1,000 per month. We help the people who have not been able to successfully navigate government services to get housed and stay housed. The most recent Homeless Count showed the low-need or new homeless numbers are increasing. Due to our focus on prioritizing the chronically homeless, the low-need homeless may be falling through the cracks. We'll be studying the issue this year to find solutions.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Access Center

First stop for people seeking homeless services in the City of Glendale, Burbank, West Hollywood, and Northeast Los Angeles. Street outreach team visits people on the streets and provides transportation to Ascencia for services. 

Access Center staff conduct intake and thorough assessment of client needs.  Based on the assessment, clients are referred to the appropriate program.

Case management team has specializations in:

-mental health

-employment services

-substance abuse recovery

-veterans' services


We employ a "whatever it takes" approach to assistance, while expecting clients to do their part to find a new home.  This includes budgeting and saving, finding work and accessing counseling resources to address issues heightened by the stress of homelessness.

Population(s) Served

Emergency Housing Program provides 42 beds, up to 60 day stay (90 days extensions granted).  The program operates from 4:30 PM, including single fathers and teenagers.
-Children receiving tutoring on school nights.
-Volunteers provide dinner nightly.
-Adults and children have access to a computer for school, job and housing search work. 

We enforce a strict code regarding personal behavior; no violence or abusive behavior is tolerated.

Population(s) Served

This housing program serves chronically homeless families and adults in scattered site apartments Ascencia leases and in a 9 unit building Ascencia owns. The tenants pay 30% of their income for rent and Ascencia case management staff provide continuing support, including home visits, to ensure client stability in permanent housing.

Population(s) Served

Next Step provides eight units of housing for single adults who were chronically homeless and are currently in substance abuse recovery.   A half-time case manager provides guidance and support, as well as access to resources to support their recovery.  Since most clients have destroyed their credit, emphasis is given to financial literacy and planning.   Weekly house meetings keep the participants focused on their goals and creates a network of support for them as a grouincluding the on-site psychiatrist and volunteer LCSW.

Population(s) Served

Using agency vans, we travel to locations where homeless people are encamped, respond to calls from residents and businesses, and work to engage and connect homeless individuals to services and housing.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Organization of the Year 2012

Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Nonprofit of the Year 2018

California State 43rd District

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of first-time donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FY comparisons (July 1st - June 30th)

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The FY comparisons include a capital campaign, which skews all of the donations high. Also, we have included all donors, including foundations, corporations, and community organizations.

Average number of dollars given by new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The FY comparisons include a capital campaign, which skews all of the donations high. Also, we have included all donors, including foundations, corporations, and community organizations.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Emergency Housing Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of households that retain permanent housing for at least six months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ascencia's goal is to reduce the time families and individuals remain homeless, support their long-term stability in housing, and promote their integration into the community at large.

Ascencia's goals are to expand our reach in neighboring communities, deepen our continuum of services to provide our clients more of the assistance they need to succeed, and to develop our core infrastructure to ensure accountability and transparency. Our update to our strategic plan is currently in process, but elements of the plan include: expansion of our hospital to home initiative to move more high-cost frequent hospital users to permanent housing; strengthen program offerings for homeless families; expand outreach and case management services in Northeast Los Angeles; and continue to develop outreach in Burbank, Glendale, West Hollywood and Northeast Los Angeles.

Ascencia has a strong management team and Board of Directors with a sound track record of program management and fundraising. Our 2016-17 audit was recently completed, again deeming Ascencia a low-risk auditee. Our diverse staff speaks 14 different languages, and is trained in trauma-informed care and culturally appropriate services. We continue to ensure 90% of our chronically homeless clients remain housed, and exceed program goals for our most vulnerable, highest need referrals. In our hospital to home program, clients placed in housing show an annual average cost savings of $80,000 per patient, per year. Ascencia's outreach teams are consistently praised by local businesses and law enforcement for their professionalism and by clients for their consistency and reliability.

We continue to fulfill and report on the following goals: (1) Expanding our reach in Northeast Los Angeles, Burbank, and West Hollywood: in addition to our core services in Glendale, we have renewed agreements to coordinate homeless services in Burbank and conduct outreach in West Hollywood. (2) Deepening our Continuum of Care: Our Hospital Liaison has placed, and with her staff, continues to serve, 54 high-cost frequent hospital users in permanent housing. This effort has been part of the 5-year 10th Decile Project, a local collaborative that resulted in cost savings that avg. $80,000 per patient, per year. For veterans, we continue to ensure timely placement in housing, with only 4 homeless veterans counted in Glendale in January 2017. (3) A leading hallmark of our success is ensuring that the chronically homeless adults we move to housing remain housed. For each of the last five years, better than 90% of our 100 clients remained housed six months or longer.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ASCENCIA

Board of directors
as of 8/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Kim Guard

Express Employment Professionals

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ms. Karen Swan, Ret.

Glendale Unified School District

Term: 2018 - 2019

Ron Baker

Holy Family Catholic Church

John Sadd

Sadd, Velazquez, Higashi & Shummaa, LLP

David Bolstad

Safarian, Choi & Bolstad, LLP

Grace Kang

Panda Restaurant Group

Kristine Nam

Glendale Unified School District

Anthony Rubio

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Nicholas Lam, Emeritus

Pacific BMW

Jeff Ragusa

Glendale Fire Department

Isabel Reyes

Revelation Insurance Services

Arbella Azizian

Baker, Olson, LeCroy & Danielian

Paulette Wood

Retired, Schindler Elevator Corporation

Daniel Valdez

Brilliant Corners

Bryan Longpre

Jewel City Group at Morgan Stanley

Sue Son

Hutchinson & Bloodgood, LLP

Andrea Amor

Wireless Surveillance Consulting

Edward Brail

Glendale Funeral Home

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No