Established in 1903, Toberman Neighborhood Center was founded by former Los Angeles Mayor James Toberman and his wife, Emma. Toberman, who was sent to Los Angeles by President Abraham Lincoln as tax assessor in 1864, opened the center and welcomed individuals affected by the many problems associated with poverty. In its 117 year, the center is a recognized community leader in providing comprehensive and integrated family-focused programming. This long community history from Toberman Neighborhood Center exemplifies hope and brighter futures for children and families by providing a safe haven for the neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County that have been vulnerable to violence and poverty by providing necessary programs and resources to make the needed change. Serving over 11,000 people annually, the impact over 118 years has changed generations.
Our programming is focussed on three key areas:
Community Resources – The wrap around services offered by our case managers has been a life line for families during the pandemic. We deliver groceries from our food pantry, distribute funds to families unable to pay their rent or utilities, assist clients with accessing the services they need to live their lives to the fullest without worry of eviction, food insecurity or violence.
Children, Youth and Family Services – Youth are provided a safe and fun place to go when they are out of school. Our staff and volunteers provide academic support, enrichment classes, mentoring and hope for a future. Our middle and high school students also have the opportunity to learn job readiness skills while working their first jobs at Toberman!
Gang Prevention and Intervention – Mentors and staff work with our youth to provide positive opportunities so that they are not lured into joining the gang lifestyle or are given a pathway out. Violence and retaliation have decreased due to the hard work or our allies, ambassadors and staff.
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