The Real Change Movement led by the Flintridge Center and supported by the City of Pasadena is a campaign aimed at tackling the difficult issues of homelessness and pan-handling within the local community. “When Pasadena’s innovative Director of Housing, William Huang asked us to partner with the City and coordinate the Real Change Movement, we said yes. Our work with community members returning from incarceration and our care for the young people in our youth development program remind us daily of the crisis in housing. We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge, so we welcomed the opportunity to help create greater awareness and to provide a simple way for community members to contribute to those on the front line who are working on solutions,” said Flintridge CEO Jaylene Moseley.
The Flintridge Center has been supporting the local Pasadena, greater San Gabriel Valley region for over 30 years. The Center’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty and violence through community planning, innovation, and action. CEO Jaylene Moseley has a deep connection to the community and is an experienced regional leader convening community stakeholders, and facilitating partnerships to improve the quality of life for the area’s children, youth and families. Through her leadership the Center has expanded its programming to focus on workforce training, youth development, anti-recidivism, and homelessness solutions to name a few.
Walking through Pasadena or Downtown L.A. you might be startled to see bright orange meters no where near any cars and even close to the street! These meters might seem out of place in heavily pedestrian trafficked areas, but in fact, they are very intentionally located to attract this type of attention. These meters are a part of the Flintridge Center’s Real Change Movement – an “out of the box” approach to get residents and visitors engaged on the issue, while also raising awareness about homelessness to anyone walking by.
“Our goals are to continue to provide information so that the community is well informed about homelessness in our community and in the region, and to continue to install additional donation meters each year so that community members can support homeless solutions,” said Flintridge Center President and CEO Jaylene Moseley.
These meters provide a safe, reliable, and transparent opportunity for locals and visitors to give directly to homeless solutions with peace of mind that donations will go to the right place. The Real Change Movement’s first orange meter was placed in Pasadena on August 2014 and serval additional meters were added throughout the City in the following years. In February 2018, the City of L.A. and LA County partnered with the Flintridge Center to expand this program to Grand Park.
In 2015 the local meter donations from the Pasadena area alone equaled $4,0000, and was matched by the United Way of Greater LA for a total of $8,000, that was then donated to the Union Station Homeless Services located in Pasadena, to help 20 families transition into permanent supportive housing.
The Real Change Movement — though local in scale — has the power to create lasting impacts on an issue that affects every community in the region. It is through these type of innovative and creative solutions, that we can begin to shift the paradigm to engage our communities and demonstrate that every contribution, no matter how small, can help change the lives of those in our communities and neighborhoods who need our help the most!
View a map of all orange homelessness donation meters in Pasadena and Downtown Los Angeles.