BIA Cares Donates $25,000 to Urban Street Angels

L-R: Urban Street Angels Founder & Executive Director, Eric Lovett; Trish Edmondson, BIA Cares Vice President, Dave Norvell, BIA Cares President, John Howard, BIA Cares Board Member

At its recent Grand Opening, BIA Cares proudly presented $25,000 to Urban Street Angels.  Founded in 2012 by Eric Lovett, Executive Director, the organization is one of Southern California’s leaders in the fight to end youth homelessness, both in the San Diego area and beyond.  Urban Street Angels provides a supportive housing program for San Diego’s transitional-age homeless youth, defined as 18-25 years old.  Their goal is to divert these youth into a positive life path so that they never become chronically homeless.  Additionally the organization launched a social enterprise, 8 West, to provide a sustainable jobs program for homeless youth seeking to leave the streets behind for good and in 2016, the supportive housing program’s footprint expanded by forging a critical partnership with the County of San Diego.  Currently, up to 35 homeless youth call the Urban Street Angels supportive housing programs “home,” and over 20 youth have apprenticed with the 8 West social enterprise.

“Our mission is to end youth homelessness by providing emergency overnight shelter, supportive housing and job training opportunities to cultivate personal responsibility,” stated Lovett.

“The objective at 8 West is to transition 100 young people – artisans – off the streets and into sustainable employment and housing by 2020. Upon graduating from the 8 West program, our artisans gain worthwhile experience and valuable skills to carry themselves into long-term employment and brighter futures. Become part of our artisans’ brighter journeys today through shopping our specialty soaps or donating to Urban Street Angels.”

BIA Cares is proud to provide funding to Urban Street Angels to support the construction of their ever expanding housing program to help end transitional-age youth homelessness.

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