Collaborative Spotlight: AltaMed

Collaborative Spotlight: AltaMed

AltaMed Health Services was founded in 1969 as the East LA Barrio Free Clinic, a free, community-focused health organization founded by the Brown Berets. In its early days, the organization’s vision was to provide accessible and compassionate care to residents in a community where doctors and health organizations were scarce. Even during…

Collaborative Spotlight: COFEM

Collaborative Spotlight: COFEM

Founded 17  years ago, COFEM is a community-based umbrella organization comprised of groups of people who share ideas and create opportunities for Latino immigrants in North America, specifically California. COFEM represents 11 organizations (or “federations”), which include people from specific states of the Mexican Republic. These federations help to nurture enduring cultural values through broad support to the Mexican community at the bi-national level…

Collaborative Spotlight: Southeast-Rio Vista Y

Collaborative Spotlight: Southeast-Rio Vista Y

Today’s featured collaborative member, the Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA, is a branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (“the Y”), which has been empowering communities across Los Angeles for 130 years. By providing a range of services spanning health and wellness programs, child care, civic engagement initiatives, and more, the Y advocates for community empowerment and inclusivity and has become one of the most trusted organizations in Los Angeles…

Collaborative Spotlight: Southeast Community Development Corporation

Collaborative Spotlight: Southeast Community Development Corporation

A key advantage of the SELA Collaborative’s regional approach to social change is the diversity of perspectives that contribute to our work. The organizations and delegates in our Collaborative are regional thought leaders, having served the Southeast Los Angeles communities for years, and in many cases decades. This wealth of experience and regional knowledge allows our members to identify and address…

Collaborative Spotlight: Human Services Association

Collaborative Spotlight: Human Services Association

When it comes to naming organizations that have deep roots in the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) communities, no name comes to mind quicker than today’s featured Collaborative member: Human Services Association (HSA). Founded in 1940, HSA began as an outreach effort of the Presbyterian Church, when the floods in the southeast area highlighted the pre-existing problems of poverty in Bell Gardens and surrounding cities…