Nonprofits Join Forces as Homelessness Crisis Looms

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Door of Hope Executive Director Megan Katerjian and Stars Executive Director Nancy Stiles have created a partnership to expand the nonprofits’ impact as more of their clients face difficulty paying rent while the pandemic drags on.

Since the onset of COVID-19 and the pandemic-induced recession, many Pasadena nonprofits have kicked into emergency mode in anticipation of accelerated needs among the clients they typically serve.
Some organizations — like Stars, which focuses on services for youth, and Door of Hope, a homelessness prevention agency — have thought outside the box to create partnerships in the time of crisis.
“We are stronger together right now. I think many nonprofits in the Pasadena area are looking to further their impact during COVID and really increasing their collaborations,” said Stars Executive Director Nancy Stiles. “There are all kinds of intersections when it comes to the nonprofit world.”
When Door of Hope Executive Director Megan Katerjian became aware of predictions of an eviction crisis throughout Los Angeles County, she and her team began to reach out to alumni of their well-established program who might be facing reduced income due to the furloughs imposed in many industries.

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Faith Helps Local Caterer Endure Challenging Times

By Kristi Scott
Special to The Outlook

Tony Lancaster,Owner and Chef of HOPE Cafe & Catering

Many supporters of Door of Hope, a Pasadena-based nonprofit which helps families transition out of homelessness, are familiar with the organization’s meal donor program. The popular program, which allows volunteer groups to serve a prepared dinner to the families at Door of Hope’s transitional housing locations, has been temporarily halted because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Last year, nearly 300 people volunteered as Door of Hope meal donors. And on nights when meal donors are not available, parents take turns cooking for all of the house’s residents.
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Door of Hope Announces New Board Members

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Door of Hope has announced that two La Cañada Flintridge residents — Camilla Hartman and Kay Wolking — have been elected to the Pasadena-based organization’s board of directors. Additionally, local resident Steve Lazarian Jr. has become Door of Hope’s new board president.
Door of Hope is a Christ-centered, nonprofit organization that helps families and children experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives by helping families find jobs, receive “financial literacy” and budgeting skills, and provide children with daily homework assistance and tutoring to help them develop academically and socially.
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Girl Scouts Dedicate Gold Projects to Door of Hope

Allison Budde and Alexandra Ehrhart selected Door of Hope to complete their Girls Scouts Gold Award projects, refurbishing several rooms to improve the feeling at the Pasadena nonprofit organization that cares for homeless families.

A pair of local Girl Scouts recently dedicated their Gold Award projects to refurbishing key spaces at Door of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Pasadena that takes in homeless families and gives them a temporary place to stay and helps them get back on their feet to find employment and permanent housing.
With help from Megan Katerjian, Door of Hope’s executive director, and Maggie Niewoehner, the manager of donor relations, La Cañada Flintridge residents Allison Budde and Alexandra Ehrhart identified their projects and then got to work.
Budde refurbished an upstairs area that serves as an office and meeting space for staff and potential donors. 
“The room was very dark, cluttered and overall just a depressing room to be in,” Budde said. “It only has one window, so it doesn’t have a lot of natural light.”
She’s developed an affinity for decorating rooms, she said, because of her participation as a part of the Junior Room Crew for the LCF-based organization Once Upon a Room, which goes to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to decorate the rooms of sick kids with things they like to lift their spirits.
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