The $50K and commercial cooking equipment donation will help supplement the cost of food and other services for homeless youth
LOS ANGELES – May 7, 2020 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Covenant House California (CHC) today announced that SoCalGas and the Sempra Energy Foundation together have donated $50,000 to Covenant House California, a non-profit shelter that provides sanctuary and support for homeless and trafficked youth, ages 18-24. The $50,000 donation includes, $25,000 from SoCalGas and $25,000 from the Sempra Energy Foundation. In addition, SoCalGas, is donating commercial cooking equipment for the shelter’s kitchen. Please see here for photos and video from today’s delivery of the kitchen equipment to Covenant House.
“SoCalGas is proud to support our friends at Covenant House of California with this donation,” said Mia DeMontigny, Vice President Controller and Chief Financial Officer at SoCalGas and Covenant House California board member. “Covenant House works tirelessly to provide critical and life-changing services to youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles and we are proud to be able to support their efforts.”
“SoCalGas is showing what an amazing partner they are, during the greatest time of need for young people experiencing homelessness. This gift helps us to be able to meet the needs of more youth than ever who do not have a safe place to sleep right now, as the result of the pandemic. We are so incredibly grateful to SoCalGas for stepping up in such a significant way for the most vulnerable people in our community,” said Bill Bedrossian, CEO Covenant House of California.”
CHC provides not only housing services including transitional living programs but also support services such as street outreach, medical and mental health services, and career and education programs. Covenant House California has over 100 youth currently living at its Los Angeles campus and served over 240,000 meals to youth throughout California last year.
The donations from both SoCalGas and the Sempra Energy Foundation will supplement the cost of food for the shelter’s Los Angeles location as well as support other services the non-profit provides. Last month, SoCalGas announced a $1 million donation to nonprofit organizations throughout its service area to support the region's workforce, feed the hungry, and provide bill assistance to customers most affected by COVID-19.
Together, the Sempra Energy family of companies – including SoCalGas’ sister California utility San Diego Gas and Electric and the Sempra Energy Foundation – are stepping up with more than $8 million to those in need during this crisis.
SoCalGas has suspended service disconnections for its core customers until further notice. This means no residential or small business customer will have their natural gas turned off due to non-payment. SoCalGas has also temporarily waived late fees for small business customers. Late fees are never charged for residential customers.
Natural gas continues to flow and is being delivered to SoCalGas’ 22 million customers across southern and central California, just as it does on a “typical” day. There is no shortage of supply of natural gas for homes or businesses or to power plants that generate electricity.
For more information about SoCalGas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.socalgas.com/coronavirus.
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