Human Services


Santa Monica, CA


The mission of One Voice is to provide goods, services and opportunities to the underprivileged, including everything from crisis intervention to long-term programming designed to lift families out of poverty, while providing avenues for those more fortunate to become involved in helping families in need.

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Principal Officer

Susan Silbert Phd

Main Address

1228 15TH St Ste C

Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA


Social and academic services for low-income children and families





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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One Voice Family Assistance Program

One Voice College Scholars Program

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Our goals are to enhance educational and life opportunities for low-income students by helping them attend and graduate from college; to alleviate hunger, prevent homelessness and mitigate other crises experienced by low-income families; to create and coordinate opportunities for community members to help families living in poverty; and to positively impact the greater Los Angeles community.

First and foremost, our strategy is to help people. We do this by connecting to individuals and treating them as part of our family. Specifically, we achieve our programmatic goals by building strong relationships and creating meaningful opportunities for those with means to give back to those in need. We partner broadly and work extremely hard to develop these activities into ongoing, lasting efforts that have a measurable impact on the lives we touch. By sticking to our principles and staying true to our concept of a "One Voice family," we have built a committed network of volunteers and supporters who help sustain and empower our work.

One Voice has a broad range of capabilities that make our programs unique and effective. For example, our College Scholars Program is the longest running and most successful college access programs in the country. In the course of building this program over the past twenty plus years, we have learned how to help others adopt our best practices and worked to measurably change low-income students' access and completion of higher education. We are also a unique social services provider and our Emergency Support programs provide emergency and ongoing assistance to families in our city facing short-term crises. Our assistance is leveraged through partnerships with a wide array of organizations in Los Angeles and we provide numerous services to low-income families that are in high demand. For example, our Family Assistance Program is one of the only programs of its kind in Los Angeles and provides immediate assistance to families in danger of becoming homeless or going hungry, often providing assistance within 24 hours or less.

Our programs change lives. We see this change through the people we take into our family and serve. Their smiles, their lasting success, and their relationship to our organization are the major indicators of our programs' impact. For example, the students in our College Scholars Program are all low-income and almost all the first in their family to attend and graduate from college. Whereas low-income students have an 11% graduation from college, 95% of our Scholars graduate from college and more than 30% earn a graduate degree. Ultimately, our Scholars' successful graduation helps end the cycle of poverty for their families and dramatically impacts many of their younger siblings, who so often follow suit. The Scholars' success also influences their peers and our community, demonstrating that being low-income does not predetermine your potential. After graduating, our Scholars go on to become community physicians, lawyers, teachers and so much more, creating a lasting benefit for our community. Similarly, our emergency support prevents low-income families' needless suffering from homelessness and hunger during short-term crises, promoting families' long-term stability instead. As an immediate result, families and children are fed, clothed, and housed rather than going hungry, being improperly attired or becoming homeless. In the long term, families can stay together, find stable employment, and retain permanent housing. We see our impact through these families' thank-you cards and their success stories. People who have given up hope are lifted out of their crises and back into stable employment, ensuring their young children have a roof over their heads and good food to eat.

We have made remarkable progress since our founding in the early 1980's. Over more than thirty years we have seen our efforts grow alongside the community and witnessed our impact on the lives of the people we serve. The lasting connection to our community and the way we have connected to people is the greatest gift and the most important measure of our progress.

However, One Voice continues to make progress by providing programs that address unmet needs facing low-income students and families. At the moment, our programs are truly unique: no other college access program in Los Angeles has a similar record of success, no other emergency assistance program is as fast to act or as encompassing in the support it offers, and few agencies receive as much community support as we do. We are proud of these accomplishments and we believe that through hard work, strong partnerships, and a clear commitment to our values, we have created programs with extraordinary impact and efficiency during the past thirty years. Along the way, we have cultivated a loyal volunteers and donors whose involvement strengthens the impact of our work. Thus, we are confident in our programs' quality and their ongoing progress.

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