To increase the quality of life of all age groups in our community by providing faith based social service assistance to enlighten, educate, and empower all people of all ages to overcome all needs and achieve all dreams.
To be a life changing outreach center for all ages providing:
i) food, shelter, holistic counseling & life skills classes with case management for permanent supportive housing and mainstream social service referrals for the homeless and the community;
ii) work source center for skill training and job placement; and
iii) educational and recreational programs for children, youth, and young adults.
Our founders have been helping the homeless and those in need since the incorporation of New Direction Community Programs (NDCP) in 1995, and really all of their lives. They started reaching out to the homeless and those in need of food by having food giveaways and opening their home to give the homeless a place to call home, and a new direction for their lives; hence, birthing the name of the organization.
Due to the increasing number of people served the outreach quickly expanded into the park where we added a fun filled children’s character building program to help children and youth. As our activities grew in the early years of 2000, we started to receive private funding and gift in-kind donations from food banks, supermarkets and toy manufacturers to support our outreaches.
Through 2010 we continued to expand our monthly outreaches into the park with festivals and concerts during the summer and at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas; as well as weekly Friday Night JAAM for youth to view positive constructive videos, play basketball and enjoy live music performances. However, as our outreaches touched lives and imparted hope and joy to thousands of people, it became obvious the need for housing and supportive services for the homeless was indeed great.
Due to this great need in our South Los Angeles service planning area SPA 6, in 2011 NDCP started a Compassion Access Center to provide both in-house compassion services (breakfast, lunch, hot showers with change of clothes, hygiene kits, blankets and referral services to help meet the housing and supportive service needs of the homeless.
In addition, NDCP subcontracted with First to Serve and HOPICS (Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority homeless shelter contractors) to provide Winter Shelter Programs and year-round CES Crisis and Bridge Housing Programs for the homeless. And since 2017 NDCP has contracted with United Way’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program to enhance our year round Compassion Access Center, Transitional Housing and Food Distribution Programs, while adding a Motel Voucher Program to provide vouchers when no transitional housing nor emergency shelter beds are available.
Now, with Mayor Bass’ state of emergency on homelessness and the launching of the Inside Safe Initiative in December 2022, NDCP is in contact with the Mayor’s office to discuss how our Interim Housing Program and Compassion Access Center may be beneficial to the Inside Safe Initiative.
With our experience and success, NDCP is confident that we can not only continue to help end homelessness and food insecurity in our community, but also expand our services to reach more who have diverse needs of social service assistance, and therefore bringing the vision of NDCP to greater fulfillment.
Pastor Richard Adrian
Co-founder & Executive Director
Pastor Shirley Adrian
Co-founder & Deputy Director