Mission

United Way’s core mission is to Create Pathways Out of Poverty for all Angelenos by eradicating homelessness.  We’d like you to meet the Millers, Marva & Rodney — they are the reason we walk. 

Meet the Millers, Marva & Rodney — our true HomeWalk Heroes!

The Millers are two parents with three kids. When the mom faced legal challenges, the dad spent all of his money on lawyers trying to resolve her situation and the family ended up homeless. Thanks to United Way and its partner Door of Hope, the Millers are in their own home and saving money for their new life together.


Marva honorably served her country in the U.S. Navy during the Persian Gulf War. When she got home, she suffered a debilitating injury and was no longer able to work. Eventually, she ended up homeless. Thanks to the support of United Way and its partners, Marva–and thousands of people just like her–have found pathways out of poverty to a brighter future.


After his mother died, Rodney slipped into such a deep depression that he lost his job and ended up homeless. With the help of United Way and its partner OPCC, today Rodney is finally home and is dedicating his life to helping homeless individuals.


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United Way’s core mission is to Create Pathways Out of Poverty for all Angelenos by eradicating homelessness. In addition to relying on a “Housing First” approach, we’ve joined forces with members of the public, private and nonprofit sectors to pursue our goals of:

  • Ending chronic and veteran homelessness by 2016 through a five-year action plan called Home For Good
  • Reducing the County’s overall homelessness rate by 75% by moving thousands of individuals into permanent housing with supportive services

Together, we can end homelessness.
Permanent housing with supportive services is a proven model for ending homelessness, with a success rate of over 85%. But it takes all of us working together and success starts with you. Please give your money, your time and your voice so we can save thousands of people from a life of hardship on the streets.

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