Chrysalis Enterprises

  • As John makes his rounds in Downtown Los Angeles, he greets individuals —some all too familiar faces— all struggling with homelessness. Maybe today will be the day they are ready to come to him for help. After experiencing homelessness, incarceration, and a 24-year off-and-on battle with addiction, John knows what a challenge it is to admit when it’s time to get help.

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  • Despite having a diverse work history, a positive attitude, and the drive to find employment, Robert was being turned down for jobs time and time again. Though he was focused on moving forward, every rejection from potential employers reminded him of his past.

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  • REDF has more than 18 years of experience providing funding and capacity building to employment-focused social enterprises in California. Chrysalis is proud to be included in the new portfolio of the venture philanthropy organization REDF, backed by the federal government’s Social Innovation Fund.

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  • Tired of the cycle of homelessness, drug use, and prison, and eager to provide a better life for her children, Chrysalis client Trinidad went to a drug rehabilitation center where she learned about Chrysalis.

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  • In 2010, Athina was laid off from the law firm where she worked as a debt collector. Weeks turned to months and with her savings gone, she could no longer pay her rent and was evicted. Together, with her nine-year old son, they packed as many belongings as they could fit in their car, with just enough room left for them to sleep at night.

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  • When Curtis was released from prison and moved into a halfway house, he was overwhelmed by the idea of finding a job. Upon the advice of his parole officer, he enrolled at Chrysalis and began taking the required classes.

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  • Dianna’s story, like those of many Chrysalis clients, began decades ago. After spending the last 23 years trying to come to terms with the people she hurt and what she lost during her years of using, someone told her about a place called Chrysalis.

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  • We recently had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with Chrysalis Works worker Trini. Below are excerpts of our conversation discussing his journey with Chrysalis Enterprises, his career goals, and his love for old cars. Chrysalis: How did you find Chrysalis and what made you want to come in? Trini: I worked in the…

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