Success Stories

‘My Job Brought Back the Fire in My Heart’

March 24, 2020
MHALA member Jordan

Jordan enlisted in the U.S. Army right out of high school, serving as a supply specialist. While in the military, he learned “the value of bonds.”  “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, the color of your skin … you’re out there with people who have your back — and you have their…

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‘I Took My Weakness and Made it a Strength’

February 24, 2020

“I’m an immigrant. I came here when I was seven and was raised by a single mom.” Karen’s mom was abusive when she was growing up. Her family would occasionally intervene but most of the time it was just the two of them. One day, her mother hit her as her neighbor watched. Karen was…

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‘MHALA Loved Me Back to Life’

December 16, 2019
Roxanne

It was the promise of a hot shower that convinced Roxanne to visit Mental Health America of Los Angeles. Roxanne was a copywriter at a radio station before her world came slowly crashing down. A back injury, depression after a failed marriage, and lapsed health insurance banded together to pull her into a downward spiral.…

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For Some of Long Beach’s Homeless With Mental Illness, the Path to Recovery Can Lead Through the Alley

April 5, 2019
Man with back turned wearing AlleyBusters shirt

April marks the two-year anniversary of the establishment of Alleybusters, a partnership between the non-profit Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) and the DLBA.  The program, which started in the alleys of the Willmore District, was created to provide an avenue of employment and connectedness for persons experiencing homelessness and a history of mental…

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