Jade’s Story

Jade’s Story

At 18, Jade went to Texas to enroll in college, but her mother would not sign the loan paperwork to fund her tuition. When she returned to Los Angeles, her mother had moved and would not allow Jade to live with her. Alone and filled with anxiety and depression, Jade...
Fay’s Story

Fay’s Story

A story of Hope, Respect, Wellness, Self-Determination, and Collaborative Relationships Fay lived on the streets of Santa Monica for over 15 years. She was well known in Santa Monica because she lived in a little house she constructed out of a cardboard box and duct...
Denise K.’s Story

Denise K.’s Story

Denise K. has been a Step Up member for many years while experiencing homelessness for six years in Santa Monica. She has struggled with many incidents of violence and has been housed for three months in Venice. She continues to build healthy relationships with...
Levi S.’s Story

Levi S.’s Story

Levi S. has always had a fascination with cooking and cuisine. This interest led him to enroll in the LA Trade Tech Culinary Arts Program. Upon graduation, Levi’s goal was to follow his passion and find a steady position as a chef. In January 2016, Levi S. enrolled as...
Leon R.’s Story

Leon R.’s Story

Recovering alcoholic Leon R. had experienced homelessness for more than 20 years when he was approached in 2012 by Step Up’s Outreach team in Griffith Park. For years, he endured cold nights and encounters with snakes and coyotes while sleeping in the hills of the...

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