When Jonathan isn’t making his own digital art he’s busy running a gallery in Los Angeles that advocates for affordable housing in the Arts District. But when he first contacted One Degree, Jonathan was looking for housing assistance of his own. Jonathan and his girlfriend were having trouble making ends meet, and they weren’t sure how to get help paying their rent.

When Jonathan discovered One Degree he was able to speak in real time with a member of our team who gave him the tools to find what he was looking for. Through One Degree Jonathan was able to find veteran benefits that gave him the financial assistance he needed, and he was able to keep his apartment.

A member of our team followed up with Jonathan to see how his search had been going, and he explained, “the search you started me on led me to a list of benefits for vets and I discovered that because I served in wartime, I am eligible for a pension.” While One Degree helped him along the path, Jonathan took the next steps on his own to claim the benefit he never knew he had been eligible for.


“I would not feel as supported without One Degree.”

EJ found herself in need of child care. Having been referred to One Degree by a specialist she was able to use the platform to find three different programs. She is currently working with one of the programs, Beanstalk, to have her child enrolled.

Her recent move to a new county was also made easier by One Degree’s ability to help her find medical specialists near her area. During the pandemic, EJ always felt well-informed due to the emails that One Degree would send her, informing her of the resources available to her.

EJ has been using One Degree for a year now and she hopes once the process of acquiring child care is settled, she will be able to find educational opportunities for herself.

“No me sentiría tan apoyado sin One Degree. ”

EJ se encontró necesitando cuidado infantil. Habiendo sido referida a One Degree por un especialista, pudo usar la plataforma para encontrar tres programas diferentes. Actualmente está trabajando con uno de los programas, Beanstalk, para inscribir a su hijo.

Su reciente mudanza a un nuevo condado también se vio facilitada por la capacidad de One Degree para ayudarla a encontrar especialistas médicos cerca de su área. Durante la pandemia, EJ siempre se sintió bien informada debido a los correos electrónicos que le enviaba One Degree, informándole de los recursos disponibles para ella.

EJ ha estado usando One Degree durante un año y espera que una vez que se establezca el proceso de adquirir cuidado infantil, pueda encontrar oportunidades educativas para sí misma.


“I greatly appreciate how One Degree is bilingual to support the Spanish-speaking community. ”

Lisa is a passionate self-learner and is grateful to have obtained opportunities to expand her skills. She attended adult school in Santa Clara to learn English and completed her dental assisting program as she worked as a fast-food employee. She felt so proud to help her partner and add to their savings account.

She welcomed a beautiful baby boy in 2019 but had to rest at home until delivery to reduce complications with her pregnancy. Unfortunately, as she was in the process of returning to work, the pandemic began and it caused concerns for her own and newborns health – her family decided to put a pause to those plans.

Lisa searched for ways to support her small family and was able to find One Degree while searching on her mobile phone. She obtained assistance in applying for social services from the Korean American Community Services (KACS) and has enrolled in CalFresh. At the moment, she is looking for online educational opportunities to become a medical assistant.

“Aprecio enormemente cómo One Degree es bilingüe para apoyar a la comunidad que habla español.”

Lisa es apasionada del autoay está agradecida de haber obtenido oportunidades para expandir sus habilidades. Asistió a una escuela para adultos en Santa Clara para aprender inglés y completó su programa de asistencia dental mientras trabajaba como empleada de comida rápida. Se sintió muy orgullosa de ayudar a su pareja y agregar dinero a su cuenta de ahorros.

Dio la bienvenida a un hermoso bebé en 2019, pero tuvo que descansar en casa hasta el parto para reducir las complicaciones de su embarazo. Desafortunadamente, cuando estaba en el proceso de regresar al trabajo, la pandemia comenzó y causó preocupación por su salud y la de los recién nacidos; su familia decidió poner en pausa esos planes.

Lisa buscó formas de mantener a su pequeña familia y pudo encontrar One Degree buscando en su teléfono móvil. Obtuvo ayuda para solicitar servicios sociales de Korean American Community Services (KACS) y se inscribió en CalFresh. Por el momento, está buscando oportunidades educativas en línea para convertirse en asistente médica.

Seisha 🎧

Seisha is a young mom of two beautiful girls living in East Palo Alto in Silicon Valley. When Seisha and her family faced a major rent increase that threatened their housing situation, Seisha looked to One Degree for helpful resources. “I was able to go to the site, look up ‘rent increase rights’ and be led to the right resources to find out what my rights as a tenant are.”

With two active girls and attending school herself, Seisha doesn’t have a lot of time to navigate the web to look for all the things she needs for her family. With the sky-high cost of living in the Bay Area, Seisha found resources on One Degree that helped her stay in her home and make ends meet without a major time investment.

“It’s nice to go to the [One Degree] site and have options for good nutrition, health, and hospital resources. It’s a one stop shop that makes it easy for families and parents.” Seisha says she likes that there are all kinds of resources on One Degree, including many that aren’t necessarily well known. She’s even used One Degree to help another family she knows find food resources. “It was nice to be able to do some of the research for them and then present options to them as well.”

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Debi is a survivor of domestic violence and currently on parole after serving nearly two decades in prison. After being incarcerated for so long, Debi was unsure how to navigate resources and find what she needed to reintegrate herself into the community. “As a parolee, I’ve discovered a very changed world than the one I left behind.”

“Your organization is incredibly vital to people who need access to reliable community connections in order to build lives they can be proud of.”

Debi discovered One Degree through a resource center in San Francisco that helps low-income individuals overcoming addiction. Through One Degree she has been able to find information on housing in her area, places to get food during the holidays, information on food banks, and more. She especially likes the way that One Degree follows up with members. “One Degree reaches out to inform me of topics that may be relevant to me.” At One Degree we always want to make the most relevant resources available to communities, which is why we create seasonal collections every year and keep our members informed through email updates.

Debi currently works as a server at a restaurant, and intends to continue her college education to make a career change in the near future. She believes that One Degree is a great place for people to start looking for the resources that they need in order to make a change. “I am grateful for the information I have found on your site. Your organization is incredibly vital to people who need access to reliable community connections in order to build lives they can be proud of. Thank you!”


Drea is a working mother and a survivor of domestic violence who lives with her two young children in Hayward, California. Before she discovered One Degree, she was frustrated by the social services process. “In the Bay Area, getting help in general, you get all these phone numbers and never hear back,” she said. Unpredictable Google searches and outdated information prevented Drea from accessing the resources that she needed.

“One Degree is your resource center. ”

After getting housing through Compass Family Services, a worker there referred her to One Degree. What she found was that One Degree addressed many of the issues she had encountered with searching for resources before. With the help of One Degree, Drea was able to find other programs to help her with her job search, and she used the platform to keep them all in one place.

Given her own experience, Drea hopes that more people would use One Degree, “One Degree is a one-stop shop, better than going to all these different websites.”

Since we last spoke with Drea, she has been volunteering at CalWORKS and the South Hayward Parish food pantry winter shelter. She has held her position as a case manager for two years at the First Presbyterian Church’s resource center for people who are experiencing homelessness! Since she has experienced homelessness before and understands how it is, it makes her feel really good to be able to help people in this way. Drea would like to highlight the Bay Area Legal Aid, Hamilton Families, Compass Connect and Catholic Charities as resources that have been greatly supportive. She is excited to keep sharing One Degree with her team with a weekly workshop to share how “One Degree is your resource center. Boom!”.


2017 was a year that presented Freeway with several painful hardships. She was involved in a major car accident and shortly after, lost her housing, job, and custody of her children. Freeway emphasized that one of the most difficult challenges was not being able to see her girls.

One day, at a pop-up event in Oakland, a One Degree representative shared the One Degree mobile application with Freeway. Soon, Freeway was quickly able to take advantage of One Degree’s diverse options of Opportunities for various needs. She was able to be connected to a Syringe Exchange program, access free food from Punks with Lunch, and receive essential medical attention at the Trust Clinic.

She thinks that One Degree has been a great help to her life, and would recommend others to get the help that she did on One Degree. Freeway has become an expert on the One Degree platform, leaving notes and reviews to help other Community Members navigate resources.

“We were faced with bleak, dismal circumstances and we couldn’t see things working out well for us. With little more than the clothes on our backs and faith in our hearts, we headed west.”


Gladis is grateful her three children were able to continue working at their respective jobs during this past year of uncertainty. In addition, she feels fortunate to rely on her family to pay monthly rent because her workdays were reduced to only 3 per week.

She came to learn about One Degree in February 2021 when she, unfortunately, tested positive for COVID-19 and was provided information about our services. She used her mobile device to find local food banks to make healthy meals at home. Gladis saw a large amount of support offered, and in her own words, “ there are many people who don’t know about these great programs, and it shouldn’t take someone getting COVID to learn about them.

Gladis continues using One Degree and has connected with Los Angeles Regional Food to enroll in CalFresh, and she’s also filed for Unemployment Benefits to receive financial assistance .

Gladis is grateful that her three children have been able to continue working at their respective jobs during this past year of uncertainty. Also, she feels lucky to depend on her family to pay her monthly rent because her working days have been reduced to just 3 a week.

You learned about One Degree in February 2021 when you unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 and were provided with information about our services. He used his mobile device to find local food banks to prepare healthy meals at home. Gladis saw a lot of support offered and, in his own words, ” there are a lot of people who don’t know about these great programs, and it shouldn’t take someone getting COVID to know about them .”

Gladis continues to use One Degree and has connected with Los Angeles Regional Food to sign up for CalFresh, and has also applied for unemployment benefits for financial assistance.


Tierra is a single mother who was referred to One Degree by a Nurse Practitioner at a shelter on Skid Row in Los Angeles. When we met Tierra in November 2018, she was using One Degree to look for housing for herself and her 5 year old daughter. Before she found One Degree Tierra was trying to find resources by knocking on doors up and down Skid Row. “Everyday is a fight for housing and everyday I’m coming out here… Without One Degree I was feeling low in spirit because I just didn’t know what to do.”

Tierra was determined to find housing, and was certain she could make it happen with hard work and a positive attitude. After downloading the One Degree app, Tierra was able to access resources that helped her find affordable housing, as well as summer and winter programs for her daughter. Now that she and her daughter have housing, Tierra has more time to focus on her career.

Six months after she started using One Degree Tierra reached out to us: “Fast forward 6 months later we finally housed! I’m working on my license and I have a job.”

Two years after being on Skid Row, things have really improved for Tierra and her daughter. Looking back on that time in her life, she said that she was “so glad I had you during that time. To know I had some type of hope and ended up getting me out of that hell hole”. She is now sharing an apartment with her mom and daughter, she just got a new car, she acquired her MLS license, and she is now a licensed loan officer! She is also “so excited about paying rent now… I want [my landlord] to see this money, honey!”.


Jake is 41 years old, identifies as transgender, is disabled, and loves to spend time with his dog. Before finding One Degree he was struggling to find the disability benefits he needed. He spent a lot of time scrolling through Google to find resources, but he wasn’t getting the results he wanted.

“It really changed my life.”

When Jake found One Degree he hoped that it would be a good resource for finding disability benefits. What he discovered was that the resources on One Degree helped him find multiple types of benefits – the disability benefits he needed as well as housing, wellness services, and pet assistance. Jake was also able to make sure that the resources and organizations that he found were queer-friendly, which was extremely important to him. He was also thrilled that he could use One Degree on his phone. “The fact that there is a mobile app is amazing.”

Since using One Degree to help get the resources he needs, Jake can spend more time outside with his furry friend and go to the skatepark. He hopes that more people start using One Degree, and he has spread the word by telling his friends to download the app. Jake is proud to say that he is no longer homeless, and he is thankful that One Degree helped him get to this point. “It really changed my life.”


“We are just trying to survive, but right now, this situation we are living in is making it very difficult.”

Lola suffered a work-related accident several years ago and was able to briefly receive disability leave. She knew that these benefits would end promptly, and had saved a year’s worth of disability benefits to help cover basic living expenses for her daughter and grandson. Now that her family of three has used their savings to cover basic living expenses, they have experienced even greater difficulty paying bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luckily, Lola heard about One Degree through Facebook in May 2020 and has been using the website to search for resources ever since. One of the first ways she used One Degree was contacting, our Member Support email where we provide extra assistance finding resources to those individuals and families that need it. One Degree staff quickly connected Lola to organizations and services near her that addressed her needs for food and rent assistance. 

“I continued to search for other resources on One Degree. I started looking for places where I could receive food, and I found some addresses and was able to access a church’s food bank.” The Salvation Army and various churches were able to provide a steady source of free food to Lola and her family. Lola encourages others to use One Degree because she believes that it can relieve a lot of stress for people that are facing similar financial challenges.

Lola sufrió un accidente laboral hace vario años y pudo recibir brevemente una licencia por discapacidad. Ella sabía que estos beneficios terminarían rápidamente, y había ahorrado un año de beneficios por discapacidad para ayudar a cubrir los gastos básicos de vida de su hija y nieto. Ahora que su familia de tres ha utilizado sus ahorros para cubrir los gastos básicos de vida, han experimentado dificultades aún mayores para pagar facturas durante la pandemia COVID-19.

“Nosotros sólo estamos tratando de sobrevivir, pero este momento, esté situación en la que estamos viviendo está haciendo muy difícil. ”

Afortunadamente, Lola escuchó sobre One Degree a través de Facebook en Mayo de 2020 y ha estado utilizando el sitio web para buscar recursos desde entonces. Una de las primeras formas fue contactando, nuestro correo electrónico de Soporte para Miembros, donde nosotros proporcionamos asistencia adicional para encontrar recursos a las personas y familias que lo necesitan. El personal de One Degree conectó rápidamente a Lola con organizaciones y servicios cercanos a ella que se abordaban sus necesidades de alimentos y asistencia de alquiler. 

“Yo continué buscando otros recursos en One Degree. Yo empecé a buscar lugares donde pudiera recibir comida, y encontré algunos direcciones y pude acceder a un banco de alimentos de una iglesia.”

El Salvation Army y varias iglesias fueron capaces de proporcionar una fuente constante de comida gratuita a Lola y su familia. Lola alienta a otros a usar One Degree porque ella cree que puede aliviar mucho estrés para las personas que se enfrentan a desafíos financieros similares.


“One Degree has a big heart for us seniors.”

After contracting COVID-19, Geronimo is battling serious complications with pneumonia at the age of 66. He describes himself as a hard worker and someone who is searching for a better life for himself and his loved ones. He immigrated from El Salvador to support his family financially – it’s been a challenge being here by himself, but he’s a strong advocate for his needs and knows that people are placed on his path to provide support.

Due to the pandemic, Geronimo’s work hours at a local restaurant were reduced and it’s been difficult for him to find affordable housing. His doctor connected him to One Degree, where he’s accessed food banks like Angelica Lutheran Church, Los Angeles Food Not Bombs, and Food Oasis. Additionally, he connected with HOPICS, where they’ve helped him move into temporary housing while supporting him in finding permanent affordable housing. He sees many in his community who could benefit from One Degree services and would like them to know that “the only part they have to do is ask for help – their perspective on life could change”.

Geronimo plans to obtain legal immigration assistance and knows he can take these steps with the support of One Degree and the wonderful people working at local organizations. 

“One Degree tiene un gran corazón para personas mayor de edad.”

Después de contraer el COVID-19, Geronimo Martínez todavía está luchando contra graves complicaciones de neumonía a la edad de 66 años. Se describe a sí mismo como un buen trabajador y alguien que busca una vida mejor para él y sus seres queridos. Emigró a los Estados Unidos desde El Salvador para mantener económicamente a su familia; ha sido un desafío estar aquí solo, pero es un firme defensor de sus necesidades y sabe que hay personas en su camino que le brindaran apoyo.

Debido a la pandemia, sus horas de trabajo en un restaurante local se redujeron y le ha resultado difícil encontrar una vivienda asequible. Su doctor lo conectó con One Degree y ha logrado obtener asistencia alimentaria de la Iglesia Luterana Angélica, Los Angeles Food Not Bombs y Food Oasis. También se conectó con HOPICS, quienes han podido colocarlo en una vivienda temporal mientras lo apoyan en la búsqueda de un hogar permanente. Ve a muchos en su comunidad que realmente podrían beneficiarse de los servicios de One Degree y les gustaría que supieran que “la única parte que tienen que hacer es pedir ayuda; su perspectiva de la vida podría cambiar“.

Geronimo planea obtener asistencia legal de inmigración y sabe que puede tomar estos pasos con el apoyo de One Degree, que lo conectará con personas maravillosas que trabajan en organizaciones locales.