We help people
find jobs.

Our Mission

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.

Our philosophy is that a steady job is the single most important step in a person’s transition out of poverty and onto a pathway to long-term self-sufficiency. Chrysalis’ core employment services are designed to support clients during every phase of their self-directed job search.

Our services help low-income and homeless individuals across Los Angeles County prepare for, find, and retain employment. We provide the tools and support necessary so they can succeed in the job market for the rest of their lives.


Our Beliefs

  • We believe every client has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their past.
  • We believe that a steady job is a key step in a person’s transition out of poverty and onto a pathway to self-sufficiency.
  • We believe our central focus on employment addresses an unmet need among an underserved population.
  • We believe Chrysalis staff and clients are accountable to one another. Chrysalis provides structure, guidance, and support to promote client success while fostering clients’ ability to make individual choices in pursuit of their goals.
  • We believe the benefits of getting and keeping a job are about more than just income and survival. In addition to serving as a catalyst for setting people on the path to self-sufficiency, employment improves housing stability, increases self-esteem and sense of dignity, and creates better physical and mental health, while also setting in motion changes that have positive ripple effects on families, communities, and society.

Since 1984, Chrysalis has served more than 60,000 low-income and homeless individuals, carrying out John Dillon’s vision of changing lives through jobs. Scroll through Our Story to see how we have continued to grow our approach for over 30 years, offering a second chance to and empowering our clients, who are ready for change.


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