REPRESENTATIVES from New Directions and Safe Place for Youth were each presented with a $35,000 check from Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl (center), provided with funds from his former re-election campaign.

Two local nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving the most vulnerable in the community have each received $35,000 in funding from Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office.
Rosendahl presented cashiers checks Dec. 23 to New Directions and Safe Place for Youth that were provided through funds that remained from his former re-election campaign. The councilman, who is battling cancer, has decided not to run in this year’s municipal election and announced his retirement at the end of his term on June 30.
At the conclusion of his campaign, Rosendahl’s account contained $70,000 in donations. State law allows candidates to donate remaining campaign funds to charity.
Rosendahl said he chose to contribute to the two organizations because of their work to improve the quality of life of returning veterans and address homelessness in the city – issues in which he has experience.
New Directions provides services, support and transitional housing to homeless veterans in Los Angeles County. The organization is currently working on a local project that will house returning vets from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
“Bill has helped us every step of the way with our veterans,” said Keith Jeffreys, who accepted the check on behalf of New Directions. “We just couldn’t be more proud of our affiliation with Bill and everything we’ve been able to do with him over the years.”
Safe Place for Youth assists homeless youth under the age of 25 and operates a drop-in center in Venice. Rosendahl was one of the early supporters of the organization, a spokesperson noted.
“This check will enable us to expand even more on the services that we already provide,” said Alison Hurst, executive director of Safe Place for Youth. “The money is just a fantastic gift from Bill.”