Starting Over, Inc. (SOI) assists low income men, women, and children in need of housing by providing transitional or permanent supportive housing and reentry services while effectively fostering self-reliance, leadership, civic engagement, and economic development. They reduce homelessness by breaking the cycles of intergenerational incarceration, poverty, addiction, and abuse. Starting Over, Inc. programs include Path to Staffing, Employment, and Entrepreneurial Development (Path to SEED), and Family Reunification, Equity, & Empowerment (FREE). The Riverside Chapter of “All of US or NONE,” a national initiative of formerly incarcerated people, is a project that empowers system-impacted people to transform the very systems and barriers they face.
Leadership Counsel works alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy and eradicate injustice to secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income, and place. Through co-empowerment, community organizing, local and statewide policy advocacy, and legal representation, they ensure that low-income communities and communities of color are meaningfully included in decision-making processes to confront practices and policies that perpetuate exclusion and poverty. Leadership Counsel fundamentally shifts the dynamics that have created the stark inequality that impacts California’s low income, rural regions. They raise awareness and opportunities for investment in and protection of historically neglected communities and ensure inclusion of rural, low income communities in key discussions, policies, and programs.
The Inland Regional Housing Justice Coalition, formed in 2019, advocates to ensure equitable access to fair and barrier-free housing and for housing solutions that are inclusive of all underrepresented/underserved communities, including central and rural communities. Community engagement, mobilization, and empowering those most impacted by housing insecurities and homelessness are at the core of our mission. The coalition has successfully advocated against discriminatory housing ordinances, won municipal eviction moratoria, and collaborated to engage voters in support of Schools and Communities First, the California ballot initiative designed to generate revenues for housing and other community needs. Spanning San Bernardino and Riverside counties, the coalition includes the following founding member organizations: ACLU of Southern California, Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC), Leadership Counsel, Pueblo Unido CDC, Starting Over, Inc, Time for Change Foundation, and TODEC Legal Center.
The WWRC is dedicated to improving the lives of warehouse workers and their families through education, advocacy, and action. They focus on education, advocacy, and action to change poor working conditions in the largest hub of warehousing in the country. WWRC’s assist workers deal with health and safety issues, wage theft, and workers’ compensation when injured. They serve as a community center for workers, family members, and supporters interested in knowing their rights, joining with other workers to share experiences and learn from each other, and building a movement for workers’ rights in the Inland Empire and throughout Southern California.
Alianza's mission is to transform the socio-economic conditions of the Eastern Coachella Valley (including the city of Coachella and the unincorporated communities of Thermal, Mecca, Oasis, and North Shore near the northwest shore of the Salton Sea) so that people in all communities have opportunities to prosper. They envision one vibrant, healthy, and thriving Coachella Valley where people have a seat at the table for decisions that affect their daily lives. Alianza is the only alliance in the Eastern Coachella Valley bringing together community members, nonprofits, and government to lead efforts needed for a thriving region. Their work is built around leadership development and an understanding that healthy and economically prosperous communities exist only when our population is represented in all decisions impacting our daily lives.
Jul 27, 2021