Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.
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Chrysalis offers services to low-income and homeless individuals in Los Angeles County to prepare for, attain, and sustain employment. We offer our clients a hand up, not a hand out—building on their strengths and helping to reduce or eliminate any barriers to employment.
All Chrysalis clients enter our self-directed job search program where they receive comprehensive support as they search for work. Clients work closely with their Employment Specialist to build an employment plan and establish short- and long-term goals. We provide the tools and support necessary so they can succeed in the job market for the rest of their lives.
Our talented team of volunteers also help clients execute their plan by providing expertise and encouragement. Volunteering with Chrysalis is a rewarding experience. Visit the Volunteer section for more details on how you can get involved!
Chrysalis client services fall into four main categories:
Transitional Job Program
At the core of our program is our job-readiness classes and services. The curriculum is designed to improve job search skills, self-confidence and employability.
Developing an effective job search strategy
Effective applications, resumes, and cover letters
Life skills – effective communication, stress & money management
Basic computer training and job retention skills
Job search skills for ex-offenders
Customer Service program
When needed, Employment Specialists also provide referrals to a wide range of other services, including: child care, housing, healthcare, and mental health.
Our services are aimed at eliminating barriers to employment. When a client is ready to look for employment, we assist them with finding opportunities, resume and letter writing, and practice interviews.
Clients have access to a range of job search services, including:
Phones and fax machines to communicate with potential employers
A message center to receive phone messages and mail
Computers to prepare resumes and cover letters
Use of a resource room for interview preparation and the selection of proper work attire
Bus tokens to travel to and from interviews
Transitional Jobs Program
Established in 1991, Chrysalis Enterprises provides a transitional jobs program for clients who have the greatest barriers to employment. With Chrysalis Enterprises, our clients have the opportunity to gain real-world skills, build confidence, and develop the experience needed to find and retain long-term employment.
We use a case-management model that provides individual help from an Employment Specialist as well as support groups. Our services address workplace and personal development issues that may affect a client's ability to stay employed. Support groups include: Men's, Women's, and Job Retention Groups, as well as Career Seminars, featuring volunteer guest speakers qualified to address a variety of employment-related topics.
Chrysalis' Support Groups and post-employment case management provide clients with the life skills and mentoring needed to successfully stay employed and on a path to lifelong self-sufficiency.
Becoming a Client
If you are interested in becoming a Chrysalis client and receiving our services, or referring someone to join
our program, the first step is to attend an Orientation (no appointment needed):
Downtown LA: Mondays through Thursdays at 8AM Santa Monica: Mondays through Thursdays at 8AM Pacoima: Mondays through Thursdays at 8AM (taught in both English and Spanish)
**Please bring two forms of identification (ex. Social Security Card, CA Identification card).**
Chrysalis Program Requirements: New clients must...
- be clean and sober for 30 days prior to entering Chrysalis' program;
- be mentally and physically prepared and motivated to work;
- be in some form of housing (shelters, transitional, or permanent housing); waitlists will be considered.
Visit the Contact Us page for more details and to find the Chrysalis center nearest you.