Upward Bound House of Santa Monica, considered a leading provider of housing and supportive services to homeless families in Los Angeles, has received a $100,000 donation from Robert and Marion Wilson, who are longtime supporters of the social service agency.

“We are overwhelmed by the Wilsons’ generosity,” said David Snow, executive director of Upward Bound House. “This gift will enable us to meet our core operating and program needs, and will play a critical role in filling the final gaps in our capital efforts to complete our new emergency shelter. This is a wonderful blessing for the hundreds of children who will move from the streets to stable homes.”

The Wilson Family’s donation will help support the construction of Upward Bound House’s newest program ñ Culver City-based Family Shelter, an emergency shelter for homeless families with children, Snow said.

The new facility, believed to be the only one on the Westside for families with children, is scheduled to open in the middle of the year and will serve 240 individuals each year, including over 125 children, according to Upward Bound House. The shelter will complement the agency’s 21-unit Family Place facility in Santa Monica.

“Upward Bound House’s Family Shelter facility will employ a model ‘Housing First’ program designed to rapidly move homeless families into permanent housing,” Santa Monica City Councilman Richard Bloom said. “This is one of the key strategies in our regional effort to end homelessness.”

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