Abuse doesn't equal Love

Los Angeles, CA   |


Established in 1980, Jenesse Center, Inc. is one of the oldest domestic violence intervention and prevention programs in Los Angeles. Jenesse’s mission is to restore families impacted by domestic/sexual violence through holistic, trauma informed, culturally responsive services and advance prevention initiatives that foster and sustain healthy, violence free communities. We seek to prevent and end the cycle of domestic violence through education, outreach initiatives, public policy and advocacy strategies and collaboration with key partners. Jenesse works towards systematic changes in how local, state and federal entities can more effectively address Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention. 60% of Jenesse's clients are children, who are the most vulnerable and voiceless victims.

Notes from the nonprofit

Jenesse is unique in that it not a traditional shelter, but a self-contained learning and empowerment community that offers clients everything they need to succeed in the program and beyond. Jenesse takes a holistic program approach that goes beyond shelter and focuses on self-sufficiency through a variety of culturally competent and relevant programs and services that are provided in-house.

Jenesse is one of the largest providers of housing in Los Angeles, serving one of the most impoverished and underserved areas of Los Angeles – South Los Angeles Service Planning Area 6 (SPA6).

Through media outlets—including capitalizing on the reach of the Internet through our website,, we have been able to reach more than a million people about the issue of domestic violence and its effect on American families. We have grown from a community and grassroots effort with an operating budget of approximately $436,000 to a full-service, professional operation with local, state, national and international recognition. Our current operating budget is approximately $2.7million.

In addition to serving a very large number of boys ages 0-11, Jenesse is one of the are one of the few domestic violence intervention programs that houses teenage boys. We understand that early intervention is key with them so that they do not find themselves repeating the cycle of abuse that have destroyed their own families. Our mental health programs are geared specifically to their needs and we make sure that the men on staff are positive role models and influences in their lives.Jenesse also engages young men and boys in the community. Our youth workshops focuses on equipping young boys with the tools they will need to live violent free lives and Jenesse also works young middle school and high school men and boys from throughout Los Angeles who act as mentors to the young boys in the shelter and anti-violence advocates with each other.

Jenesse is the leading expert in best practices in offering culturally competent services to its community. Jenesse defines culturally competent practices as those that understand clients’ values, how they define help, how they view things through their social context, their pattern of help-seeking behaviors, the barriers to service delivery, and their service needs. In 2009, the Department of Justice on Violence Against women awarded Jenesse a three-year grant to expand its existing culturally and linguistically specific service program. The successful collaboration led to a renewal of the grant in 2011 for another three years. In 2012, The Blue Shield Foundation recognized Jenesse as the premier domestic violence agency offering unmatched cultural competency services and funded The Center to train organizations on cultural competency nationwide.

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Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Karen Earl

Main address

P O BOX 8476

Los Angeles, CA 90008 USA

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Our programs

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Jenesse Center understands how hard it is for families to leave their homes and enter our shelter. This is why we make every effort to facilitate families staying together at all costs. Jenesse Center is one of the few shelter facilities that houses large families and families with adolescent males. Often times, women will stay in an abusive situation if the alternative means leaving even one child behind.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Jenesse understands that children are equal victims of domestic violence and offer programs and services that address their specific needs. These include:•
• Jenesse Mothers and Children (JMAC): A program focused on rebuilding the bonds between our women and children that were broken by the trauma of domestic violence.
• Parenting Classes: Classes focus on various topics including prenatal and infant care, as well as how to deal with older children with behavioral and academic challenges.
• Family Counseling: Jenesse Center offers both family and individual counseling to mothers and their children.
• Access to summer camp and other community programs
• Local high school basketball players offer a private basketball camp for Jenesse children
• Community partners offer basketball camp and dance class scholarships

Children in the Jenesse program have access to three childcare centers. Parties and workshops are held at the centers, counseling is given and tutoring is also offered. In addition, these centers offer children access to education and enrichment classes, toys and games, books, clothing, shoes and accessories.

Each year, Jenesse hosts Camp Jenesse, a summer enrichment program for kids ages 6-13 who reside at. Camp Jenesse provides residential children with an opportunity to be like any other kid on summer vacation. The camp allows kids to form healthy relationships with each other and participate in a variety of fun activities so they don’t feel as if they are missing out on anything.
Camp is jam packed our facilitators happily teach yoga, drama classes, etiquette, music and dance, arts and crafts, and healthy cooking to Camp Jenesse kids.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Employment and education are two very important allies in breaking the cycle of violence. Women who feel empowered through employment and education are more likely to become self-sufficient and successful once they leave. This is why Jenesse Center has created its own Economic Freedom Vocational Education curriculum that is geared towards our clients’ unique economic, social and cultural needs. Our vocational education program includes:• Computer Literacy: On-site computer lab in which clients learn to use computer software and navigate the Internet.
• Education Now: Assistance in achieving academic goals through the following: GED training; enrolling in English as a Second Language classes; applying for colleges or universities; and enrolling in trade schools.
• Employment Focus: Self Employment and Pre-employment skills certification. Special classes and workshops on entrepreneurship, topics such as resume writing, how to conduct a job search, preparing for a job interview, and posting resumes on-line.

Population(s) Served

Jenesse Center knows that part of the healing process for domestic violence survivors is mental as well as physical. This why Jenesse Center offers a myriad of classes and counseling to help women deal with their emotions and rebuild their selfworth through art, music and writing. Peer counseling includes topics such as anger management, substance abuse and empowerment.

Population(s) Served

Based on information collected from internal surveys, Jenesse Center created an inhouse legal program. Jenesse Center is one of the few domestic violence programs that provides direct legal assistance. It has become a model program for other shelters to replicate. Including a Domestic Violence Clinic operated out of the Inglewood Superior Courthouse, Jenesse Center’s In-House Legal Department offers its services to everyone in the community. Jenesse Center’s legal services include assistance with:• Restraining Orders • Custody Issues
• Immigration Issues • Landlord/Tenant Conflicts
• Traffic Tickets • Credit Issues

Population(s) Served

Jenesse Center is a family institute that has been a staple in its community for more than three decades. Jenesse truly believes that a world without domestic violence can happen if we all work towards it, which is why Jenesse spends more than 10,000 thousands of hours on outreach and education a year. programs include:

Community Healthy Relationship Workshops
Jenesse’s Healthy Relationship workshops engage the community in ways that explore approaches and skills that individuals, communities, and schools can utilize to foster healthy relationships in their own lives and the larger community.

Stop the Hurting
Jenesse’s signature program educates businesses, employees, and management on the effect of domestic violence on the workplace.

Health Fairs and Workshops
Jenesse participates in health fairs and workshops throughout the Los Angeles area to share our resources and to educate individuals, families and communities about domestic violence.

Jenesse Educational Manuals
Jenesse’s education manuals aid churches and mental health service providers in strengthening their capacity to educate their populations on domestic violence and healthy relationships.

Population(s) Served

Jenesse’s strategic plan to end domestic violence begins with the nest generation. Not only does Jenesse provide enrichment programs for residential youth, but also engage and educate youth in the community about recognizing the signs of unhealthy relationships early and talking to their friends about respect and boundaries. Our outreach to youth in schools and other groups has been met with much success, especially, our peer-to-peer mentor and leadership program, serving over 2000 youth.

Jenesse Center’s BeSo You! project is our signature healthy relationship workshop series on choosing respect and working towards creating a violence free community. The interactive sessions focus on setting boundaries and building healthy relationships with friends, teachers, family, and in romantic relationships.

The Jenesse Teen Angels program is made up of high school students from throughout Los Angeles County who mentor the youth who reside in the shelter and act as peer to peer leaders by educating their friends and influencers on healthy relationships and domestic violence.

Jenesse University was created on the steps of Morehouse’s campus as a means to get men – African Americans men in particular – to step up and become involved at the forefront of the domestic violence issue. The organization seeks to expound upon surface ideas and beliefs about domestic violence in order to inspire change in college students. Jenesse University seeks to educate not only members of this demographic, but also students at every different level. The plague of domestic violence, while still affecting several groups, has become increasingly relevant in the African American culture – and our school is no exception. In order to alleviate its widespread effects, especially on our own campuses, we must do what we are here to do tonight – educate, inform and learn from a variety of different perspectives.

Population(s) Served

Assists clients in assessing their needs and goals
Coordinates the receipt of all services & participation in programmatic classes
Advocacy for housing solutions and financial resources
Client domestic violence certificate program

Population(s) Served

Through our outreach programs and legal clinics, we have educated more than 100,000 women, children, young adults and men about domestic violence and healthy relationships.  Through media outlets, including Internet resources, we have been able to reach more than a million people about the issue of domestic violence and its effect on American families

Population(s) Served

Emergency Housing - 47 beds and a new emergency shelter projected to open in 2021 (25 beds), families may reside for 30 days:
On-site Case Management
All Meals Provided
Children’s Play Area

Transitional Housing - 74 beds, families may reside up to 24 months:
Nestle Learning Center
Nahla’s World - Children's Center
Starlight Center

Also, the Domestic Violence Housing First program is the next step in Jenesse's care continuum. Through this program, Jenesse prepares DV survivors for independent living and helps them obtain safe, permanent housing for themselves and their families. Also, through Permanent Housing education classes, clients learn how to maintain permanent housing, build their credit, landlord-tenant expectations, use of housing apps, and sign a lease contract.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Victims of crime and abuse

Where we work

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 homebuyers/tenants with low incomes receiving housing subsidies as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Housing and Shelter Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Number of clients passing job skill competency exams or assessments after completing course

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients report that they feel better able to make reasoned, realistic, and positive life-choices due to living in a stable home environment.

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program


Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Number of program participants develop safety plans for reducing further risk of abuse.

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program


Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Jenesse is still working on plans for our a capital campaign to raise funds for an administrative building or campus with space for all staff, meeting, training, and storage, as well as permanent housing facilities for clients.

Jenesse is still working to establish a resource/fund development in-house function, eventual office, with dedicated staff to lead resource strategy. The development function will secure additional grant, foundation, corporate and private donors to secure funding for our capital campaign.

Jenesse has been successful in continuing the development of the Board of Directors as a cohesive, highly functioning body. New and old board members have aligned themselves with the vision of this strategic plan

Jenesse has successfully gotten the board to expanded its mission as a family institute and training and technology provider

Jenesse has successfully added five (5) Board members.

Jenesse has been successful in strategically engaging with program officers and community relations' representatives, cultivating relationships so that Jenesse is better positioned for receiving grants. Jenesse has successfully cultivated and improved relationships with at least 10 private and/or corporate foundations.

Jenesse has successfully identified a foundation strategy and have targeted 20 private
and/or corporate foundations.

Jenesse has successfully built a relationships with manufacturers and large companies with community service goals through in-kind donations to Jenesse, continuing to work with at least
ten (10) major companies with community service goals. These companies support JCI
via in-kind donations, printing, clothing, client personal supplies, etc.

Jenesse has successfully updated procedures and policies, related to resource development, for donors, volunteers in the organization, and social networking

Jenesse Center has began mobilizing volunteers to meet fund development goals and objectives. Jenesse has partnered with Impact LA, pro bono lawyers and nonprofits groups in LA provide free legal services to DV victims and the general public. Jenesse Center Teen Angels helped in
staffing the M. Sue Fraizer Summer Enrichment Camp, organized client dinners for special occasion (i.e., Thanksgiving, toy-drives, etc.) Jenesse continue to use volunteers in fundraising
events; and client vocational services.

Jenesse has successfully explored and identified revenue generating opportunities. In 2014, JC raised over $110K from online donations platforms. JC was awarded a grant from DOJ/OVW focused on expanding its Legal Services. In 2013, Catapult, Chimes for Change helped to fund
“Everything Legal" and JC's “What a Little Love can Do" remodeling projects. In 2013 JC was
awarded a $1M grant from DOJ/OVW focused on direct & prevention services focused on youth.

Jenesse has successfully hired a Social Media Coordinator who is currently working to increase our social media visibility.

Jenesse continues to establish strategic partnerships to advance the work of Jenesse and our mission to end domestic violence including collaborative work with Social Action Partners

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Survivors of domestic violence

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We developed a new Workforce Development Program to better clients in obtaining employment.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,



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Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Pat Greene

Browning & Browning, LLP

Term: 2020 - 2023

Board co-chair

Ms. Ruby Little

Vice President, Labor and Relations at Warner Bros Pictures

Term: 2019 - 2022

Aaron Francis, Esq.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP

Pat Green

Browning & Browning, LLP

Karlene Goller

The Law Officec of Karlene Goller PC

Vida Spears

Independent Writing and Editing Professional

Avis Frazier-Thomas

Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc. (Retired)

Lisa Fung

LF Media Services

Sylvia Swiley, M.D.

No Affiliation

Stephanie M. Quarles, M.D.

LAUSD Student Medical Services

Ruby Little

Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc.

Carmen Smith

Walt Disney Imagineering

Connie Orlando

BET Networks

Paula J Kaplan

Talent Nickelodeon

Marcia Haynes

Pinnacle Ventures MH, LLC

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/08/2021

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.