At The Midnight Mission, we work to break the cycle of homelessness and give individuals experiencing homelessness the care, resources, and support they need to meaningfully better their lives. We offer a wide range of services to both our guests and to members of the Skid Row community at large, including emergency services, education, and job readiness programs. In addition to traditional shelter services, we are also proud to offer our unique Courtyard Outreach Program to unhoused individuals.
Shelters in Los Angeles can provide a bed to sleep in and a roof overhead for people experiencing homelessness. But, some individuals are highly resistant to the idea of a shelter. Our Courtyard Outreach Program offers a unique solution to this issue. Our courtyard is a safe, monitored outdoor space that’s specifically made for unhoused individuals. We offer it to all members of the Skid Row community as a safe place to sleep for those who are resistant to the idea of shelters. By identifying the most vulnerable individuals in our courtyard, we can offer a bridge to our life-saving services and help everyone get what they need.
Our Courtyard Outreach Program offers more than a place to sleep: we offer vital hygiene services, as well. Unfortunately, many people experiencing homelessness have little or no access to any restroom at all. Thanks to generous funding from LAHSA’s Operation Healthy Streets, TMM operates a Courtyard Hygiene Center for the Skid Row community.
Our Courtyard Hygiene Center gives our community access to safe, clean, and dignified restrooms, which are a welcome change from other options. In fact, The Midnight Mission offers the only permanent, 24/7 restrooms in the entire Skid Row community, which encompasses thousands of people. There are very few restrooms in the Skid Row area, all of which are either porta-potties, closed during the night, or only available during certain hours of the day.
This leaves countless people without reliable access to a bathroom, which is one of the most basic human needs – and one of the great and unfair indignities of experiencing homelessness. At The Midnight Mission, we’re proud to offer clean, safe, and accessible restrooms to members of the Skid Row community.
Do you want to learn more about our Courtyard Outreach Program or our other services? Reach out to our Director of Street Services, Doris Starling, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 213-624-9258, extension 1718.
The Courtyard Outreach Program provides critical services and amenities to the most vulnerable people on Skid Row. None of this would be possible without the support of generous people throughout the LA community and beyond. If you’d like to help us end the cruelty of homelessness, we would love your help. Get involved by volunteering with us or donating to The Midnight Mission. We thank you for your support, and we hope that together, we can break the cycle of homelessness!