Since our inception in 2019, we have developed a growing network of over 2,000 social workers, nurses, teachers, faith leaders and community advocates, people we call Change Agents, who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the people they serve. Through this network we have reached a significant milestone, helping over 17,000 hardworking Angelenos who are struggling to meet their basic needs or facing unanticipated emergencies.

We are grateful to our donors, partners and Change Agents for their shared commitment to lifting up communities throughout Los Angeles.

From our Change Agents

"The Change Reaction has altered the trajectory and depth of my advocacy. I approach every client situation with a different perspective now because I am confident that I will reach a solution. Having such a powerful, committed partner to back my efforts, emboldens me to tackle the most difficult problems: disabled, homeless youth with a newborn, systems impacted youth who have never had the guidance of stable parents, youth without resources . . . until now."

Matt Weber, Lost Angels Children’s Project

"We work hard to keep foster youth in school and on track for high school graduation. The Change Reaction helps us to ensure that non-academic challenges, such as significant purchases for youth, supporting a foster family preventing an eviction or during a job loss, won't destabilize their ability to focus on school and reach their goals. The Change Reaction understands that there is power in practical, tactical solutions for those on the economic margins and their support is the catalyst that promotes a change reaction for making a difference in Los Angeles."

Lydia Cincore-Templeton, Esq. President & CEO, Children Youth and Family Collaborative

"The Change Reaction has helped ZOE to provide opportunities and life experiences that children and families who are healing from human trafficking never thought were possible for them. It's exciting to be able to ask about their hopes for the future because now they can be a reality."

Ester Yu, Assistant Western USA Regional Director

"All of us at Big Sunday love working with The Change Reaction. They are great partners: fast, responsive and, of course, very generous. But even better is that they make us all bigger than the sum of our parts. In a divisive and divided world, it’s wonderful to work with a group that shares our goal of people working together to look out for one another and make our city and our world a better place!"

David Levinson, Founder and Executive Director

"At the heart of Homeboy Industries are our Case Managers, helping our clients find the best version of who they are. The Change Reaction’s critical partnership has supported their work allowing people to be held secure while they find their future."

Shirley Torres, Chief Program Officer

The impact

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and generosity. I believe you saved me from not only a great depression but also from a financial set back I would not soon recover from. Never in my life has someone been so kind in this way. Your kindness will not be forgotten and I will pay it forward to someone else in need. You are a special person. The kind that this world needs more of. I pray that in paying forward this blessing, it sets off a chain reaction in this world. Even if it’s only a small one. May the effects be like the ripples in a pond and carry until they can go no more. Every Christmas, every December. I will always remember you. Wishing you and your family the very best life has to offer. Thanks for evrything.

Change Reaction Recipient

I’m writing to express my gratitude for your generous assistance. Although I know that just saying “thank you” is not enough to express my appreciation for your kind donation. I’m happy to let you know that I can now slowly recover from my illness (COVID-19). I know it’s a long process for me to recover but people like you give me the courage to continue with life.

Once again, thank you for your commitment and generosity. Without your financial contribution, I would no be able to survive and hope for a better future.

With deepest gratitude and warmest wishes.

Change Reaction Recipient

We are at a loss for words and can’t express how grateful we feel that you helped us out this month with our rent. We were stuck and really afraid of losing our home and afraid of what could have happened next as a result of that. We didn’t think anyone would ever consider helping us, but we were beyond blessed by The Change Reaction, and you. Without all of your help, we wouldn’t have been able to pay our rent. Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to see that there are still humble people in the world willing to help those in need. We cannot wait for the time in our lives where can also help someone else the way you’ve helped us. We are grateful for everything and hope to someday meet you to thank you personally.

Change Reaction Recipient

Thank you alone doesn’t seem enough for your gift to me. Thank you for saving my life, as I would not have been able to survive without my utilities. It gave me joy, happiness and rest because I still will be able to warm myself and cook a little food to eat. You have freed my mind from the torment of it (knowing they were going to be paid off).

Thank you for prolonging my life. God bless.

Change Reaction Recipient

I want you to know that your generosity has changed my life. For 34 years, I have been a clinical social worker working first at a community hospital, then home health, and for the last 10 plus years on several surgical teams at UCLA. I encounter heart-wrenching situations every day. I have always had some small ways I could help our patients deal with the financial impacts of their illnesses. At my other hospitals, we had a small charity fund we could access in rare circumstances. Here at UCLA, we can get $5 meal tickets if people live far away, and we have a few parking validations per month per social worker. We have very limited Auxiliary funds which mostly help with just food and gasoline. And for older adults, similar limited gifts from a family foundation. Until now, that felt like something. A gesture at least.

Change Reaction Recipient

I would like to thank you on behalf of my client for your generous support. My client has a very serious mental health condition and without your help, she would still be living in her tent in the desert during this cold weather we have been experiencing. As the result of your great generosity, my client now has a place to stay in, and a chance to receive all the help that she needs for her medical condition.

Change Reaction Recipient

You’ve changed my life for the better. Your kind hearts have shifted my paradigm in just a few short weeks!

I want to thank you from the top of my heart <3

Because of you the stress of securing a home is gone! I now have a beautiful space, an amazing neighborhood and OMG the amenities!

I am so grateful. This will be my launching pad into greatness! I’d love to have you both over for tea :)

With love and gratitude.

Change Reaction Recipient

Words can not express how grateful we are, by writing this card my tears are falling down on my face and imagining you as our angels with no wing. In these hard times, I realized not all the angels come with wings.

God bless and thank you for all your help.

Change Reaction Recipient