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Project Ropa

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Employment
  • Homeless & Housing
  • People with Disabilities
  • Women

Location

13970 Van Ness AvenueGardena, CA 90249 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of Project Ropa is to restore dignity and empower the lives of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles by providing clean clothes, hygiene essentials, and employment opportunities while reducing textile waste and minimizing our carbon footprint.

Description

Project Ropa was founded in 2016 by Caitlin Adler to address the challenges that people experiencing homelessness face in obtaining and keeping clean clothes. When you're homeless, it doesn't take long to look that way, and the world and your options in it shrink. Most homeless people literally have only the clothes on their backs. Access to clean clothing is essential to the overall well-being of a person and can be the key to opening doors to employment and housing.

How you look affects how you feel about yourself and how others treat you. We believe everyone deserves to be treated with respect. No one should have to wear dirty clothes or clothes that are ill-fitting.

We provide a curated selection of new and gently used high-quality men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories, along with personal hygiene products -- all donated by local manufacturers, retailers and nonprofit partners -- which we bring to locations throughout the city each week in a retrofitted van that acts as a mobile walk-in closet. At the same time, the people we serve can take a shower offered by another service provider with whom we work in tandem.

Our social enterprise provides employment opportunities for previously incarcerated individuals and people transitioning out of homelessness to work with our Mobile Hygiene Service.

Reviews

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by Kelle M. (May 25, 2022)
The team was so great and welcoming. As a first-time volunteer with Project Ropa, I felt well prepared to complete the tasks at hand and enjoyed every minute of the morning. The folks who came to pick up clothes and hygiene kits were so kind and appreciative.
by Joya L. from CA (May 25, 2022)
I've recently begun volunteering at the Gardena warehouse location and it has been the most productive and inviting thing I've experienced since the pandemic. It's so fulfilling to give back to the community! I've been considering volunteering on site as well.
by zoe b. (May 4, 2022)
I am really excited by the mission of Project Ropa, and it was a great time to volunteer in their space for an hour last month. The staff and volunteer staff are motivated, welcoming, and organized. I appreciated that there was a clear task for me to devote myself to. Looking forward to the chance to help again!
by Malin R. (May 4, 2022)
As a parent I love having my kids be involved in the community and I have brought my kids who are 12 and 15 to Project Ropa warehouse volunteer days. We help with creating hygiene kits and folding/separating clothes which is perfect for teens to help out with. We have also done a donation run at my kids' schools and had a car full of donations to drop off, it was a great way for my kids to feel more involved and get their schools involved too. I would definitely recommend volunteering at Project Ropa if you have kids who want to start volunteering, it's a great way to spend a few hours on the weekends!
by Kat W. (March 15, 2022)
It was so wonderful to volunteer with Project Ropa for the first time today! The incredibly friendly team made sure I felt prepared and gave me countless opportunities to feel a part of the team and get to know the many community members who visited! I am very appreciative of the opportunity to volunteer alongside this incredibly impactful organization and can't wait to come back.
by Chelsea B. (February 24, 2022)
I started volunteering with Project Ropa on Saturdays in the warehouse early on in the pandemic and have found it to be an amazing experience every time I go. Caitlin is wonderful and has grown Project Ropa so much over the past few years. I'd highly recommend volunteering here for anyone who is interested in giving back to the homeless community.
by Laetitia H. (November 29, 2021)
I volunteered with Project Ropa for the first time on Thanksgiving day and it was very special. Seeing the people leaving with a smile on their face because they just got a pair of brand new shoes, hygiene kits, clothing or even brand new sleeping bag is priceless. Let's keep volunteering, donating and helping to make a difference one person at a time, one smile at a time. Thanks to Project Ropa for the opportunity and all that they do. I will definitely volunteer again soon.
by Sarah C. (November 8, 2021)
Project Ropa is an awesome service that helps distribute clothing and hygiene kits to individuals in need. The crew is so welcoming and friendly! I had the pleasure of working with the founder who is extremely involved. I have loved volunteering at both the warehouse and distributing on-site. I'm leaving this review to encourage others to be a part of a wonderful experience!
by Ashley H. (August 31, 2021)
I have volunteered both in the warehouse and at the distributions, and each time I could feel the positive impact my actions were making. Especially being at in person at the service site and getting to interact with Project Ropa staff and the community they serve, you can feel the appreciation of those coming to receive items.
by Sarah R. (August 26, 2021)
It's such a pleasure volunteering with Project Ropa. They make an enormous impact on the overall health and well-being of people experiencing homeless in LA. Caitlin and Alex are wonderful people, and it's been great getting to the know the organization over the past year+.
by Naomy V. (August 19, 2021)
The staff at project ropa are so welcoming and awesome people doing awesome stuff. Its really rewarded work to know that the clothing and kits will really make an impact on someone. Will continue to volunteer with them!
by Evelyn G. (August 19, 2021)
As program manager for an adult day program for people with developmental and mental disabilities, I was looking for volunteer opportunities during the pandemic and I am glad to have found Project Ropa! Caitlin and Alex were very welcoming and are great, and fun to work with. It's a chance for our clients to meet and interact with other members of the community. This provided meaningful interactions for our clients with disabilities. This opportunity has provided soft skills for our clients to gain life and employable skills. If you are looking for a meaningful experience I would definitely recommend Project Ropa!
by Tiara C. (July 27, 2021)
It was great being able to finally do something for those who are struggling in our society. Project Ropa truly cares about the homeless and does the best they can to make sure they are taken care of with the resources the organization is able to gather. I was also able to meet the people that are in need of help and get their perspective, which is something we as a society, tend to ignore. I recommend everyone to join in and team with Project Ropa in their efforts to help bring hope for a better and just life to the homeless in LA.
by CGImagination1 G. (July 2, 2021)
I was looking for volunteer opportunities during the pandemic and I am glad I found Project Ropa. Caitlin and Alex are great, fun to work with. It's a chance to meet and interact with Veterans and others we may not take the time to get to know. If you are looking for a meaningful experience I would definitely recommend Project Ropa.
by Gianna C. from malibu, CA (May 16, 2021)
I recently wrote a college essay on the negative effects of gentrification on displaced individuals. Upon my research I wanted to immediately learn how I could help these people. Everyone at Project Ropa was extremely nice and made the experience even more amazing. I definitely want to volunteer for this organization next time
by Jiya J. from IL (November 23, 2020)
I have never volunteered here but i will be glad to volunteer.

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