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We invite you to be a part of this pivotal moment    

For more than 48 years, ELAWC has been a place for hope (esperanza) and healing for survivors and families affected by sexual and domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and the intersection of homelessness. 

What began as a humble, grassroots effort is now a thriving, comprehensive agency, delivering culturally-relevant services built on a foundation of trauma-informed and evidence-based practices. It's a place where women, girls, and families can realize their inner strength, recognize their resilience, and find a path to healing and self-sufficiency.



Today, there is an urgent need to invest in the future of ELAWC    

Working out of leased spaces, our agency has always made the best of aging buildings, constrained spaces, and deteriorating interiors. As ELAWC has grown, so too have the demands on our facilities. While the agency remains responsive to the rising, complex needs of survivors, our facilities have not. 

After years of uncertainty, we knew it was time to find a forever home. 

And we did!  

In late 2021 we purchased a nearly 10,000 sq. ft building for a permanent headquarters.  

We're building a safe & permanent place for therapeutic, housing, and wellness programs & support

Located just a few minutes from our current offices in the Eastside of Los Angeles, our new home will be a place to: 

  • Meet the crisis needs of survivors and families
  • Deliver innovative solutions to disrupt cycles of abuse and homelessness by meeting the complex needs of survivors
  • Increase reach and expand services in the Eastside and Southeast Los Angeles communities
  • Locate administrative services for the entire organization
  • Establish a permanent and fully resourced center for comprehensive services
  • Create opportunities for leadership, empowerment, voice, and choice
  • Work collaboratively with partners to foster the implementation of policies and practices that support social justice and human rights
  • Build organizational capacity

Our future location also gives ELAWC the ability to expand our footprint to serve the Eastside and Southeast Los Angeles, and the flexibility to adapt space to best meet changing needs for current and new programs.

With a financially sustainable and fully-resourced center, ELAWC can reliably serve generations to come.

to make our vision a reality

We are thrilled to finally have a forever home for ELAWC.  It will be a place where survivors, families, and the community can safely find resources and support, and be empowered to rewrite stories for future generations.  With this commitment, ELAWC will also gain long-term stability and financial predictability, for a more sustainable operation.

While we are excited to have found a location that allows us to remain in the neighborhood, the building requires a complete interior and exterior renovation, including the installation of a new roof, ADA improvements, windows, upgraded HVAC, and other major systems and fixtures. 

With generous commitments from lead donors and a matching grant challenge, major building renovations are nearing completion. With your continued generosity, we will finalize interior and exterior finishes and move into our forever home in 2024.

We invite your partnership as we complete renovations and make the vision of our forever home, a reality.  


We are asking you to help meet the financial challenges of this momentous change

With generous commitments from lead donors and a matching grant challenge, major interior and exterior renovations are nearly completed.  

With additional support from friends like you, we can complete interior and exterior finishes, purchase furniture, and install landscaping, fencing, and refurbish the parking area.  


$ 3.0M for Capital Improvements
$ 1.3M to Pay Off Building

$2.1 M has been raised (as of April 2024)




Phase 1

  • Clean-up, lead & asbestos testing, and abatement
  • Create comprehensive site, interior, and exterior design plans  
  • Contract with project manager, construction team, professional trades
  • Obtain city approvals and permits
  • Install security systems

Phase 2

  • Replace roof, new HVAC, electrical, IT, and plumbing system upgrades
  • Construct offices and shared spaces
  • New interior finishes & lighting (floor, walls, ceiling)
  • Renovate exterior elevation, upgrade windows
  • Occupancy permits & move-in

Phase 3

  • Upgrade interior furniture & fixtures
  • Office equipment and appliances
  • Exterior landscaping
  • Improve existing parking lot,  security & lighting
  • Signage

Phase 4

and a legacy for generations to come

Our new headquarters expands our capacity to serve a broader community with the comprehensive resources and compassionate support thousands of survivors and families have come to rely upon. 

Key features of the new facility include:

  • Therapeutic spaces for individuals and groups
  • Housing Hub for assessment, case management, and referrals to emergency and permanent housing
  • Comprehensive case management resources
  • Children’s Corner for respite and activities
  • HIV Navigation for linkages to resources, counseling, and testing
  • Group activity spaces for self-defense, yoga, healing, and more
  • CalWorks case manager offices
  • Executive offices
  • Promotora Collective Center for SA/DV prevention and education
  • Volunteer Advocates & Hotline Offices
  • Program offices for human trafficking and male engagement
  • Administrative offices

Plans & renderings are subject to change until the completion of the project.  

With your support, ELAWC’s forever home will be a safe haven where everyone who needs help will find dependable resources and support.  And a  place where future generations are empowered to inspire lasting change in families and communities.

To be a Champion For Hope 

Your gift today will not only transform the future of ELAWC — it will support thousands of individual personal transformations, positively impacting the future of families and communities.

Recognition Opportunities

Named gift opportunities are a lasting way to partner with ELAWC. All named gifts are subject to the approval of the ELAWC Board of Directors. Opportunities will be designed to be consistent with the interior standards of the facility and are subject to availability and change. There are a limited number of permanent naming and recognition opportunities throughout the Center, including:

Housing Hub • Community Room • Children’s Corner

Bienvenidos Welcome Lounge • Promotora Institute 

Healing Support Room • Empowerment Group Room

Health and Well-being Room • Second Floor Breezeway

Self-care Break Lounge • Healing Garden • Mural de Milagros

Download Recognition Opportunities

We welcome your partnership as a steward of sustainability and a champion of hope

To learn more about available naming and recognition opportunities, 
contact Alejandra Aguilar at [email protected]

Gifts can be made in the name of an individual or corporate donor,
or in honor or memory of a loved one.


We are grateful for Capital Campaign support
from these generous donors

The Ahmanson Foundation • Henry L. Guenther Foundation • Skylight Foundation

LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn, District 4 • LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, District 1

Freeberg Foundation • W.M. Keck Foundation • Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Rose Hills Foundation • S. Mark Taper Foundation

Molly Jasmine Foundation • Reyna Avina-Hernandez

Audrey S. Freudberg • California Community Foundation

Bloomfield Family Fund • Anonymous