Big Change Advisors is about propelling business growth, increased synergies, and greater impact toward goals. In other words: Creating opportunity — Opening doors and revealing possibilities that let companies go further.
This foundation drives the affinity between Big Change Advisors and the Los Angeles Mission. While Big Change Advisors helps businesses find opportunities to seek new frontiers, the Los Angeles Mission helps people find opportunities to secure livelihoods and create new lives.
The Mission’s 5th Annual Legacy of Vision Gala celebrated progress in addressing homelessness in L.A., but underscored the need to create opportunities for graduates of the Mission’s Work Start Program. These graduates face:
- A lack of high-enough paying jobs
- Cost of living issues
- And an increasing number of landlords turning down Section 8 rental vouchers.
The Los Angeles Mission recognizes that people experiencing homelessness indeed want to work, and that many of them are employed but that their jobs do not pay enough or are only temporary or seasonal. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “The broader homeless population faces a variety of barriers to employment, including the experience of homelessness itself, plus other obstacles such as lack of experience, physical or mental health barriers, and challenges related to re-entry from incarceration or hospitalization.”
The Los Angeles Mission helps the homeless population to overcome these barriers.
When graduates of the Los Angeles Mission move into the “Work Start” phase, they are given the tools to address financial or legal issues or lack of business acumen. Through group sessions, individual counseling, and role playing, students learn how to prepare resumes, fill out job applications, and prepare for interviews, and they gain the confidence to begin the journey to successful employment.
This training creates opportunities that can be a game changer in the lives of thousands of people in the Los Angeles community. One of the recent graduates of the program, a student of mine, was featured in this video.
For everyone – from business leaders to everyday people – there are challenges and obstacles that can prevent them from achieving their goals, whether it’s business growth, or a way to put food on the table. For everyone, opportunity is vital to reaching the next level, and it’s what Big Change Advisors advocates for in every transaction and every interaction.
Steve Pomeroy is the founder of Big Change Advisors, a unique M&A consulting firm in Los Angeles that helps businesses achieve big goals while making a big impact on society. To request a free consultation, contact us.