Imagine Whittier is a collaboration between The Whole Child, Imagine LA, Greenleaf, and the Whittier Consortium on Homelessness. Imagine Whittier’s mission is to mobilize the citizens and resources of Whittier to end family homelessness in their community. To achieve this mission, Imagine Whittier will utilize Imagine LA’s proprietary Family Empowerment & Mentorship (FEM) model to train and guide volunteers as they mentor families exiting homelessness and progress from barely surviving to thriving. This innovative mentorship program empowers families to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency and helps every member of the family find success.
Imagine Whittier matches every family member over the age of 5 with a one-on-one mentor, and each family receives a Financial Wellness Mentor. Our volunteers help families connect and create a feeling of belonging within the community and take advantage of the abundant resources available. While receiving the emotional support of their mentor team, families build healthy relationships, skills, and habits. Month-by-month we see confidence, income, grades, and wellness rise. Ultimately, the family’s journey goes from barely surviving to thriving.
This program is made possible by the generosity of Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s Office, representing the Fourth District, the BCM Foundation and other community partners.
Become a Mentor
Becoming a volunteer mentor is easy. If you are interested in making a difference in one family’s life this year, please submit your contact information using the Become A Mentor button below and we will reach out to you shortly to share more information on how to get started. Thank you to our volunteer mentors for making a difference in the lives of our families!
“We had been increasingly concerned with the growing homeless crisis and had no way to make a significant difference. When we heard about Imagine Whittier and its goals, it resonated with us. People are our city’s most valuable resource and we loved the real world change possibilities the mentoring program presents.
We have used our life skills and resources to encourage and guide our mentee with her choices. As friends and partners, we keep showing up to talk about her challenges and be a sounding board for decision making. With this came the opportunity to reflect to her all the awesome characteristics she has and how some of the seemingly “impossible” circumstances she is facing aren’t so bad. Through our relationship, we have introduced her to a local community church that she shares faith with where she has volunteered her own time to help others.
Our mentee’s growing confidence, determination and willingness to set aside unhelpful thinking has been very rewarding. She has not only expressed gratitude to not feel alone in her situation, but also amazement that strangers would take time out to encourage her. Time is our most valuable resource. Spending time inside the framework Imagine Whittier provides to help struggling mentees is an efficient, hands on solution to homelessness, person by person. Ahead lies friendship, transformation and a real shift in addressing the homeless crisis.
You don’t have to know how to fix people, just be willing to share their journey.”
– Tim & Nanci, Imagine Whittier Volunteer Mentors