Working together for a better world: Argent Technologies, LLC and 1736 Family Crisis Center
Argent Technologies contributes to 1736 Family Crisis Center. Here are some of their stories:
Anthony, a program graduate, found rewarding employment through the Veterans Family Program
The Veteran Families Program Reaches an Exciting Milestone with more than 1,000 homeless Veterans in Los Angeles and Orange Counties have been served through the Veteran Families Program since its inception in October 2013. A total of 1,014 Veterans and 514 family members living on the streets, in cars, and in shelters have been helped to overcome the traumas of war, domestic violence, substance abuse and other barriers to move back into permanent housing and receive ongoing support to turn their lives around. During the program’s first two years, 82% of Veterans graduated from the program with stable housing, after receiving employment training, apartment search assistance, child care, legal aid and other necessary supports. "Homelessness among Veterans is a disgrace. It is a privilege to be able to care for those who have bravely served our country, and help them get back on their feet," says Ed Gonzalez, Director of Veteran Programs.
Recently program staff had the honor of serving Anthony, a disabled Navy Veteran, struggling to maintain his housing and find a job. Anthony worked aggressively on his employment search with his case manager and was offered a position as a Job Coach for Disabled Persons. Anthony was ecstatic to find a rewarding job where he could use his skills to help others. “I want to thank everyone at 1736 Family Crisis Center for their assistance in helping me, from the much needed rental assistance, to the bus passes, to the food gift cards, to the hygiene products," says Anthony. "I was assisted with dignity and respect that all U.S. Veterans.
New Program to Rescue Victims of
Human Trafficking Launched
- 1 in 3 teens is recruited as a prostitute within 48 hours of running away from home
- 12-14 years old is the average age at which girls first become victims of sex trafficking
- Once girls become trafficked, their average life expectancy is only seven more years unless they are rescued
- Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise and is an estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry
1736 Family Crisis Center recently launched a new program to combat sex and labor trafficking among homeless and runaway youth and homeless families in Los Angeles County. The program is designed to approach the issues from a multifaceted perspective, providing the critical 24-hour response and comprehensive services necessary to get at the problem's core and promote recovery and safe futures. Working in conjunction with Covenant House, Saving Innocence, law enforcement agencies and other partners, we are rescuing trafficking victims from dangerous pimps and exploitative employers, helping them to recover from their traumatic experiences and rebuild their lives. Through safe shelter and mental health, legal, employment and other services, we are helping girls as young as 10 years old, who have been manipulated emotionally and physically into a heinous life of exploitation, and traumatized mothers and their children escape brutal oppression and reclaim their dignity and restore their hope.
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