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Family Programs

PATH Beyond Shelter is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 in response to increasing numbers of homeless families in Los Angeles and the need for a more comprehensive approach to serving them. Today, the mission of the agency is to develop systemic approaches to combat poverty and homelessness among families with children, and to enhance family economic security and well-being.

"Because a child's first steps should happen at home."


Get Involved

PATH Beyond Shelter relies on the contributions of private donors, corporations and foundations to help operate its programs and services. Below are suggestions of ways you can get involved and make a difference.


Your generous donation will help us continue our work of combating poverty and homelessness among families with children. We gratefully welcome all levels of donation, and every donation is fully tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Every dollar raised helps to end family homelessness.

Adopt a Family

The Adopt-A-Family Program connects sponsors with families to "adopt" by providing them with a detailed family profile and wish list. Sponsors buy presents for their specific families and deliver them wrapped to Beyond Shelter. Case Managers then deliver the presents to the families during the Holiday Season. Just knowing that somebody cares for them makes a huge difference.

Holiday Toy Drive

Every year, PATH Beyond Shelter coordinates a Holiday Toy Drive where we collect new and unwrapped toys, arrange them by gender and age-appropriateness, and distribute them unwrapped to the parents. In this way, the presents can come from the parents and not from us. We rely entirely on donations to do this.

Contribute Assests

PATH Beyond Shelter welcomes contributions of stock, real property and other assets to support our programs. Like cash donations, you can reduce your capital gains taxes by contributing through this method. Please call PATH Beyond Shelter at (323) 644-2202 if you would like to support its work in this way.

Establish Planned Gifts

As you consider your estate, you can make a lasting contribution towards furthering the important work of PATH Beyond Shelter, ending, preventing and combating family homelessness, by naming PATH Beyond Shelter as a beneficiary in a will or bequest. Please call PATH Beyond Shelter at 323-644-2207 if you would like to support its work in this way.


In-Kind Donations

PATH Beyond Shelter continually seeks donations of items to support the families we serve. Every item donated is distributed directly to the families and children or to the programs that serve them. We do not re-sell any items. While we appreciate all donations, we can only accept new items. If you would like to make a donation or need additional information, please call: (323) 644-2200 ext. 361. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Basic Household Supplies

Homeless families who are moving from a shelter into an apartment often move in with nothing. The families have no furnishings, no beds, no household items - no belongings at all. To help them in their transition from homelessness to housing, participate in our “Welcome Home” campaign by contacting Megan Colvard at (323) 644-2200 ext. 361.


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