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Systems Change Advocacy Work – 2021 California Legislative Session Update

In May, Chrysalis was proud to share with you the slate of legislative and budget initiatives we were supporting at the local, state, and federal levels. Part of empowering our clients on their pathway to stability, security, and fulfillment in their work and lives includes supporting them as they navigate systemic barriers to employment. As […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Russ

“I wanted to do something where I could help people,” Russ recalls thinking as he researched local organizations making an impact in the community. At the start of his volunteer tenure, Russ made Chrysalis a part of his weekly commute. He would begin his day volunteering at our Downtown Los Angeles center and then head […]

Before the Bell: Josue

Established in 1991, Chrysalis Enterprises provides a transitional jobs program to clients who face the greatest barriers to employment. Working with our employment social enterprise offers our clients the opportunity to gain real-world skills, build confidence, earn a paycheck, and develop the experience needed to find and retain long-term employment. Clients working a transitional job […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Kim

Over the last 35 years as a Cast Member of the Disneyland Resort, Chrysalis Orange County volunteer Kim has mentored many along their employment journeys. She has a knack for recognizing talent, a passion for helping others, and a natural inclination toward nurturing and developing future leaders. In an instant, her warmth and charm are […]

Success Bells: Kariana

Success Bells: Kariana

When the phone rings, Kariana seamlessly shifts to business mode – she is ready to assist her tenants at a moment’s notice. As a property manager for Hollywood View Towers, completing her responsibilities is a balancing act. While one morning she may be leasing out a newly available unit, by noon, she could be calling […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Branka

Volunteer Spotlight: Branka

For Branka, serving her community was always an important part of her life. Over the years, she worked in different capacities on activities that promoted young women in STEM education, inspiring the next generation to reach for the stars. Still, she knew there were more people she could impact. “This time, I wanted to do […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Shejal

Volunteer Spotlight: Shejal

Shejal is no stranger to taking leaps of faith. Born and raised on the East Coast, she found herself making the trek across the country in 2018 with her husband and son, ready to start something new. One aspect of her life she was not ready to let go of was her dedication to volunteering. […]

Success Bells: Michael

Sweat drips off his brow as Michael puts the next batch of material into the mold press. He can feel the muscles in his arms and legs working as he transports the weighty substances to and fro in the warehouse and in and out of the hot machines. The work is physically demanding, yet gratifying. […]

This past year & DEI at Chrysalis

One year ago, Chrysalis made a commitment to standing in solidarity with those fighting against racial inequities in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Jacob Blake. Though our work is centered around direct services, we recognized that we had not just an opportunity but an obligation […]

Before the Bell: Conrad

Established in 1991, Chrysalis Enterprises provides a transitional jobs program to clients who face the greatest barriers to employment. Working with our employment social enterprise offers our clients the opportunity to gain real-world skills, build confidence, earn a paycheck, and develop the experience needed to find and retain long-term employment. Clients working a transitional job […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Susan

Volunteer Spotlight: Susan

A teacher with years of experience under her belt, Susan was a natural fit for our volunteer team. Upon retirement, she wasn’t quite ready to let go of her passion for education, so she began volunteering with a local nonprofit that allowed her to work with high school youth in a tutoring capacity. Armed with […]

Systems Change Advocacy Work – 2021 Quarter 2 Update

At Chrysalis, we work with individuals who have been impacted by systemic barriers to quality employment by providing resources and support needed to find and keep a job. We also recognize that we have an obligation to help break down those systemic barriers by contributing to the creation of equitable systems and hiring practices in […]

Chrysalis Raises $1.2m to Support Employment Solutions for People Experiencing Homelessness at Second Chrysalis Night in Virtual Gala

Event Honored Bob Hart, Demi Weitz and Richard Weitz; Featured guest appearances from Max Greenfield, Marc Cohn, Curtis Stone, Rachel Zoe and More Los Angeles, Calif. (May 14, 2021) – Chrysalis, a Southern California-based nonprofit dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for people experiencing homelessness and economic barriers to the workforce, celebrated its second […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Billy

Volunteer Spotlight: Billy

A compassionate student, Billy joined the Orange County volunteer team eager to help clients with experience in the criminal justice system and other barriers to employment who are ready to reenter the workforce. Having seen the impacts of homelessness in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Billy knew that it was important for him to get […]

The Hollywood Reporter: Chrysalis to Honor “RWQuarantunes” Duo Richard and Demi Weitz at Virtual Gala

The father-daughter team will be honored alongside Bob Hart, President & CEO of TruAmerica Multifamily, at the May 13 “Chrysalis Night In.” Chrysalis, the Southern California-based nonprofit dedicated to helping those experiencing homelessness find a path out through job readiness programs and placement, is readying its second annual virtual gala amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Chrysalis […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Janice

Volunteer Spotlight: Janice

After over a year of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteering at Chrysalis looks vastly different than it has in years past. In March of 2020, our staff confronted the uncertainty brought on by the dual economic and health crisis and revamped our program to a virtual model. When the call for virtual volunteers was made, […]

Success Bells: Stephanie

Stephanie’s smile and positivity are infectious as she introduces herself. In addition to detailing a list of qualities that describe a great employee or even a good friend, she shares, “I’m a grandma,” and her face beams. She also celebrates being employed after struggling to land a job since she came to California eight years […]

The Future is Working

Chrysalis Partnered with Orange County Community Foundation to raise $31,565 During “The Future is Working” Giving Day

PRESS RELEASE 24-Hour Fundraiser helps Chrysalis provide resources to overcome homelessness and poverty through jobs in Orange County Anaheim, CA, March 31, 2021 — On March 25, Chrysalis partnered with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) and ten colleague nonprofits for The Future is Working Giving Day, a 24-hour online effort to bolster stronger workforce […]

The Future is Working

Chrysalis Partners with Orange County Community Foundation for “The Future is Working” Giving Day to Support a Thriving OC Workforce

PRESS RELEASE 24-Hour Fundraiser Seeks to Raise $90k For Nonprofits Committed to Developing a Stronger Workforce in Orange County ORANGE COUNTY, CA, March 10, 2021 — Chrysalis will partner with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) and ten aligned nonprofits for The Future is Working Giving Day on March 25. The 24-hour online effort to […]

Stop AAPI Hate

Chrysalis stands in solidarity with the AAPI communities against the increasing incidents of hate crimes over the past year. According to data from Stop AAPI Hate, nearly 3,000 reports of anti-AAPI discrimination were filed between March and December of 2020. Research from Cal State San Bernardino showed a 149% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes last […]

Success Bells: Paul

After years of working laborious odd-jobs and nearly four years of experiencing homelessness, Paul was tired. Unsure of how to connect to job opportunities that aligned with his interests, he decided to pay a visit to Chrysalis’ Downtown Los Angeles center at the recommendation of a few community members in the Skid Row neighborhood. A […]

Spring 2021 Newsletter

LOOKING BACK AND CHARTING STEPS FORWARD 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW & 2021 GOALS Last February, our spring newsletter highlighted a study noting that homelessness and jobs were projected to be a top concern for Californians during the 2020 election. Less than a month later, the world’s collective attention shifted to the pandemic and the subsequent […]

How an Employment Social Enterprise Can Help Address Homelessness

Addressing homelessness is more important than ever, as millions of people are unemployed because of COVID-19 By Mark Loranger / February 9, 2021 Originally published on CSQ COVID-19 has been a crisis within a crisis for our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. Homelessness is, in large part, a health crisis. COVID-19 is another comorbidity that requires immediate triage […]

Kaleidoscope Spotlight: Jakson

Established in 2019, the Kaleidoscope Giving Circle was born after emerging leaders and young professionals in our community expressed an interest in becoming more meaningfully involved with Chrysalis. Kaleidoscope members have a shared goal of raising $10,000 annually, through donations and/or fundraising, in support of Chrysalis’ mission to help individuals find and retain employment. In […]

Thank you, Tim Dubois

After 27 impactful years on Chrysalis’ Board of Directors, Tim Dubois retired from the Board at the end of 2020. We asked Tim to reflect on his time at Chrysalis and are so pleased to share his thoughts with you. Thank you, Tim, for your service and support. While you are no longer on the […]