To celebrate the first-ever California Nonprofits Day, local legislators have selected exceptional nonprofits in their districts to be honored at the State Capitol in Sacramento today. Among them is Safe Place for Youth (SPY), a homeless services organization that has been a project of Community Partners for the past five years.
“Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California. But too often they are ‘hidden in plain sight,’" said Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits, which hosted the event. "California Senators and Assemblymembers know the value of nonprofits in their communities, and we’re pleased we could give them the opportunity to honor a nonprofit they know well.” SPY was selected by Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica).
Safe Place for Youth runs a drop-in center and provides a range of services to transform the lives of homeless youth throughout the West LA area. Formerly located in a Venice Church, the organization’s operations outgrew the space and is celebrating its first anniversary in their larger site in Venice.
The event was spearheaded by CalNonprofits in order to increase visibility of the nonprofit community among state lawmakers.