STEVE LOPEZ / POINTS WEST

Stakes Are So High, It's Hard to Wait

Chrysalis offers a wide range of job training and employment services. http://www.changelives.org

•  Downtown Women's Center

Women on skid row can drop in here for showers, meals, restrooms and mail services. The agency also provides permanent housing to 47 previously homeless women. http://www.dwcweb.org

•  Fred Jordan Mission

This mission focuses on mothers and children. http://www.fjm.org

•  Inner City Law Center

Focusing primarily on housing and benefits, the center offers legal services. http://www.innercitylaw.org

•  JWCH Institute

The institute runs programs that provide medical services to the indigent. http://www.jwchinstitute.org

•  Los Angeles Mission

Offering such services as meals, shelter, medical treatment and drug treatment, this mission has served L.A.'s poor since 1936. http://www.losangelesmission.org

•  Midnight Mission

Founded in 1914, the mission offers temporary shelter, food, longer-term housing and recovery programs. http://www.midnightmission.org

•  Para Los Niños

This agency aims to raise "at-risk children out of poverty and into brighter futures through positive educational opportunities" and other support. http://www.paralosninos.org

•  Prototypes

Serving "high risk" women, it offers outreach and medical services. http://www.prototypes.org

•  St. Vincent's Cardinal Manning Center

The center runs a skid row shelter as well as longer-term housing programs. http://www.svdpla.org/center.html

•  United Coalition East Prevention Project

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