Meet Our New Board Member!
Kimberly Miranda is a first-generation PhD student at UCLA in Chicana/o and Central American Studies where her focus is on the intersections of race, gender, class, and housing in Los Angeles’ Eastside. Her time with the Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action (LACCLA) in Boyle Heights has been foundational in amplifying stories of aggrieved tenants in Los Angeles. Miranda also has experience in popular education efforts, motivated to critically unpack systemic injustices around housing in an accessible manner for tenants. She has led workshops and lectures on tenants’ rights, the history of redlining and gentrification.
Miranda also wrote and advocated for rent control in unincorporated Los Angeles between 2018-2019. The collective effort of tenants and community organizers successfully granted rent control across all unincorporated areas, a law that caps rent from being unreasonably high and protects tenants from unjust evictions. Her master’s thesis was titled, “Latinas for Housing Justice: The Fight for Rent Control in Unincorporated East Los Angeles”.
“I’m excited to join the board of the Los Angeles House of Ruth because I can continue to advocate for aggrieved peoples and do work in my community.”
Miranda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chicana/o Studies from UCLA and is a current recipient of the Ford Foundation Fellowship.
Meet Our New Board Member!
Zoraya Gudelman has 20 plus years of experience in higher education, helping traditional and non-traditional students navigate their educational journeys. She holds a Master of Science in Education and Counseling, with a concentration in Student Development in Higher Education, from Cal State Long Beach.
Zoraya is a Program Developer at Cal State LA and formerly an Associate Director of Student Services at Cal State Long Beach. As a program developer, she works with subject matter experts to develop courses and training programs centered on enhancing the workforce skills of adult learners. Both roles have allowed her the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse student population. Over the years, she has been part of support networks for suicide prevention, students with disabilities, undocumented students, and military-connected students. Most recently, she got certified as a coach, focusing on helping people take steps in their careers, life transitions, and personal growth.
Zoraya enjoys time with family, nature, and traveling near and far. She is also part of the Alzheimer’s Association community and has participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the last several years.
“The Los Angeles House of Ruth is centered on family, which is very important to me. Families start at LAHR because of something horrible but find support to get to safety and independence. Being part of the board will give me a chance to be part of this amazing and hardworking team. I am excited to keep learning more about the families and their success stories.”
Meet Our New Board Member!
Cheryl Parker comes from a long line of family committed to helping the community. She started her charitable service in high school by founding a teen urgent hotline in an era when it was not condoned. Following her education at Russell Sage College and Cornell University, Cheryl began a distinguished career in technology. She has held executive posts at companies including IBM, Verizon, Hewlett Packard and Sun Microsystems bringing a new mastery of technological knowledge to our board. Passionate about community outreach which helps improve the lives of others, Cheryl’s focus as a board member will be to increase corporate sponsorship, create events to drive contributions and expand the positive message of success which the Los Angeles House of Ruth has achieved since its formation in 1978 as a safe haven for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence and homelessness.
Video Spotlights Covid-19’s Impact on Homeless Women and Children
Recently Spectrum News 1 covered the devastating impact Covid-19 is having on homeless women and children. During an interview with anchors Melvin Robert and Giselle Fernandez, Sr. Jennifer Gaeta, discusses the many challenges the Los Angeles House of Ruth is facing in trying to help these vulnerable families. Please take a moment to watch the video above and to read Sr. Jennifer’s urgent call to action plea (download by clicking here). Now, more than ever, LAHR and the women and children they serve need your help. Please consider making a donation today.
Facebook Matches Giving Tuesday Donations!
Hi Friends – #GivingTuesday is tomorrow and we are hoping you will support our mission of changing the lives of battered women and their children and share this campaign with your friends! Facebook is matching the first $7 million donations tomorrow — they go fast as international donations and east coast org get the match faster, so the earlier the donation the better.
Our goal is reach $5,000 in one-day donations. You can help us get there.
Click here to donate on facebook and share with your friends too!
Los Angeles House of Ruth Summer with Kids
Many of us are feeling the desperation and difficulties of trying to manage kids at home, distance learning and entertaining our families for the summer, but imagine not having a home or space of your own to adjust to this difficult time. In our shelters at Los Angeles House of Ruth, over 20 children are not only learning to deal with living in a shelter environment, but also have been torn away from some of the others constants in their life that have helped them adapt to life’s difficulties — schools, friend groups, afterschool programs — and just being a child in the summer!
Construction of a New 8 Family Domestic Violence Shelter Begins
We are thrilled to announce that construction has begun on a new domestic violence shelter we were able to purchase with funds from The City of Los Angeles Proposition HHH. The building will shelter eight more families as well as provide space for job training. Job training will begin Fall 2019 with a wonderful new Los Angeles House of Ruth (LAHR) partner; someone who has exciting ideas and is eager to work with our mothers!
Fundraising is still underway to fully support and complete this exciting project. Stay tuned for more information or sign up to receive LAHR e-news and stay connected.
Current Challenges and Future Goals
The needs of homeless families are becoming more severe. Mental health and alcohol and drug use is rising among homeless families. More than ever, we need your support as we continue with our mission to serve these families.
We continually strive to strengthen our fundraising efforts so that we can serve our clients better — and to be able to serve more of them. With increased funding, our goal is to acquire additional shelter houses and double the number of families we serve by 2021. Additional funds would also provide what our families need beyond what government funds allow. We would love to be able to take our families on relaxing mental health trips like beach days or yoga and art classes. Trips like this would give a different and positive perspective to life’s problems.
LAHR Needs You!
LAHR needs new sources of funding, private funding sources, additional Board members, corporate donors, and volunteers with strong commitment. LAHR was able to purchase a new shelter house in 2019. This property will be developed into a small permanent supportive apartment building as soon as funding is secured. Another reason we’re working so hard on fundraising and need your help.