Posted by Frank Hanzel on Sep 03, 2022

One of our earliest partnerships involved Safe Place for Youth (SPY) located in Venice, CA. SPY seeks to empower young people experiencing homelessness to thrive through community-driven solutions that address racial and social inequity.

Our earliest engagement with SPY was a volunteer event to help them reorganize their storage of donated items, and replenish their walk-in clothing closet that directly supports homeless youth. RISE followed this up with purchase of frequently-used items and sponsorship of a meal for homeless and at-risk youth.

At a subsequent volunteer event, RISE helped to organize and operate a holiday gift distribution that gave youth the opportunity to select a gift bag, receive a gift card, as well as choose items from an expanded clothing closet. The club was also able to purchase a much-needed clothes dyer for one of SPY's residential facilities.

For more information about SPY, see