For many years, in addition to the typical school-based programs offered, JEP has partnered with a nearby shelter for battered women and their families. At the shelter, university students are placed as either mentors / tutors to the children, or in mini-course teams leading classes such as financial literacy for the women living in the shelter.
In the early 2000’s, JEP began adding additional social service agencies which share the common mission of working with the most vulnerable in our neighborhood -- including foster youth, distressed families, and the homeless. These sites, combined with our continued work with the shelter, lent to the creation of the Youth and Family Agencies (YFA) department within JEP.
The YFA department is unique in that it works specifically with Sociology and Psychology classes dealing with the family. Professors in these social sciences integrate this specialized JEP option into their course syllabi, allowing their students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom out in a real world setting. YFA currently partners with nine different sites which offer a variety of service-learning opportunities for USC volunteers, ranging from working in after school programs for students in foster care, at-risk youth with the Salvation Army, and homeless youth through School on Wheels.
Good Shepherd Women’s Shelter
The Good Shepherd Shelter was the first in Los Angeles to serve the victims of domestic violence. The shelter is dependent totally on private donations so as to allow each family's needs to determine the length of stay rather than a government imposed time restriction.
They believe that they are the only shelter that provides educational, therapeutic and spiritual opportunities for our mothers and children as well as fully furnished family apartment units. Spiritual opportunities are nondenominational and voluntary. However, they recognize the need and results for our clients of having companionship with their God so as to receive healing and guidance in order to recover from the effects of domestic violence and move onto a productive and healthy life.
JEP has been at the Shelter since 1987, working with the children at their on-site school, as well as assisting the mothers in learning occupational and vocational skills.
Children Youth and Family Collaboration
Our Motto: "A United Response to Serve Youth"
The United Methodist Church and the Children Youth and Family Collaborative are dedicated to establishing partnerships with youth-centered organizations in an innovative collaboration designed to link volunteers from the community with youth in foster care for the purpose of enhancing, supporting and providing a holistic approach for the overall well-being of youth preparing to emancipate from foster care while supporting the educational and vocational efforts of youth in foster care and at risk youth.
The Children Youth and Family Collaborative is a partnership of several organizations working jointly to serve at risk youth and youth in foster care between the ages of 12 and 18. The United Methodist Church and the Department of Children and Family Services have joined forces with several other prominent organizations dedicated to serving youth in foster care. The partnership was developed to enhance services to young people who are preparing to emancipate from the foster care system. Recent statistics prove that young people leaving the foster care system face many obstacles such as homelessness once they emancipate.