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At Foothill Unity Center, all services are free to those who are eligible.

To be eligible, clients must live within our 11-city service area (Altadena, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, Duarte, Irwindale, Monrovia, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena and Temple City), and have an income at or below 150% of the national poverty level.

If you are in need of help, please contact the center or call us at 626-358-3486 to find out how to participate.

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Foothill Unity Center provides hope – alongside nutrition-  through its renown Food Bank Programs.

Family Food Program:  The Family Food Program is designed for individuals and families who have access to a kitchen or other food preparation/storage area. Each month, seniors, singles and families* receive enough food to supplement their nutritional needs for about ten days (a balanced mix of canned, dry, frozen, refrigerated food, bread, bakery, dairy products, and fresh produce and USDA must-haves). Families then return to one of our centers once a week for additional, perishable foods. Food is distributed at both the Pasadena and main Monrovia locations. If you are in need of help, please contact the center or call us at 626-358-3486 to find out how to participate.

Bag Lunch Program:  Our Monrovia site distributes substantial bag lunches three times a week, providing enough food to last for about two days. These lunches, made up of sandwiches, instant soups, snack foods, fresh fruit, drinks, flip-top canned foods, canned meats and sweets, are given to people and families who are homeless or have no place to store or cook food. We also provide toiletry items weekly as available to help with hygiene needs.

Homebound Grocery Delivery:  Foothill Unity Center makes it a point to reach shut-ins, such as homebound seniors and disabled persons, by delivering groceries to their homes once a month. This has proven to be a welcome source of contact for an otherwise isolated population.

*Those wishing to receive food bank services must requalify annually by showing income at or below 150% of the National Poverty Income Guidelines, plus proof of local residency and identification.

Our case managers help clients in crisis by providing them with or referring them to housing, transportation, employment and social service solutions. Working with our clients, we help to develop  individual and family action plans that give  those in need the support, advocacy, resources and referrals that can help them move toward self-sufficiency. Our Client Services Department includes four full-time case managers, two full-time support staff and part-time social work interns from Azusa Pacific University and the University of Phoenix.  Our case managers work with clients to learn about their circumstances, developing a plan to address their needs and ultimately move them toward self-sufficiency.
If you are in need of help, please contact the center or call us at 626-358-3486 to find out how we might help.


Resource Referrals: We refer clients to a network of more than 100 organizations that can help them return to stability via employment counseling, shelter, health care, family support, mental health services, eviction prevention/move-in assistance and advocacy.

Transitional Services for Victims of Domestic Violence: We collaborate with Santa Anita Family Service to deliver this assistance.

Housing Assistance/Motel Voucher Program: Based on funds available, we provide motel vouchers to clients who need emergency shelter and have exhausted all other resources.. This temporary shelter gives us time to help them find a longer-term solution.

Food Stamps Outreach: Clients can enroll in Food Stamps and Medi-Cal programs onsite.

Transportation Program: We provide bus tokens and taxi coupons in collaboration with the International Institute of Los Angeles.

Work Experience Programs: Many welfare recipients, senior citizens and youths gain experience, skills, job search mentoring and references working at the Center.

Last year, Foothill Unity Center provided:
• 6,592 bus tokens and taxi vouchers for transportation assistance
• 217 emergency shelter motel vouchers for homeless families
• 4,558 bagged meals to Homeless men, woman and children
• 1,816 information and referral calls to connect people with needed services in their area

Offers uninsured and underinsured clients access to vital medical, dental, vision and mental health care in partnership with community professionals. Key programs include Child Health Care, Medical Outreach Clinic, Screening and Education, and Insurance Enrollment Services.

Onsite Medical Outreach Clinic: We work with the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) to provide health care and dental services to homeless and uninsured adult clients.  Once a week, Dr. Paul Gailiunas and a medical assistant from ChapCare come to the Monrovia Center to help them with their medical needs. The doctor is able to perform physical exams, order lab tests and x-rays, schedule dental appointments at the CHAP Clinic and make other vital referrals for the Center’s homeless and uninsured clients.  An outreach worker from ChapCare can register qualified uninsured adults ages 19-64 for Healthy Way LA.

Child Health Connections: This program takes a collaborative approach to providing health care to client children inspired by the Pasadena Young and Healthy model.  It recruits medical, dental, optometric and mental health providers–who agree to see a designated number of children at no cost. Both Methodist Hospital and Pasadena Urgent Care Center donate a limited number of laboratory, radiology and emergency services.

Children accepted for referral are identified as having unmet health care needs. Once a child is registered and information is gathered, the program matches him or her with a health care professional in the collaborative. When the immediate health issue has been addressed, parents are invited to meet with a certified application assistant to register their child for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, or other low-cost health insurance coverage for which they qualify.

Health Screenings & Education: We have arranged with other health care professionals to conduct blood pressure checks and health education classes on diabetes and nutrition at both our  Monrovia and Pasadena sites.

Pediatric Mobile Dental Clinic: The Mobile Dental Clinic provides over 100 children comprehensive dental treatment and preventative measures and education to the children and parents. If you are in need of help, please contact us here or call us at 626-358-3486 to find out when and how to register.

Insurance information: We help families with uninsured children learn more about Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and other low-cost insurance programs for which they qualify.

In 2017, Foothill Unity Center’s Health Services Program provided:

  • 533 child dental screenings (96 children had severe dental needs and received full care in partnership with the USC School of Dentistry)
  • 275 child vision screenings
  • 1346 medical exams to homeless and uninsured clients
  • 1488 diabetes and blood pressure screenings
  • 10,560 health services for adults and children

The Center conducts three annual special distribution programs:

Back-to-School Distribution that prepares 1,500 to 2,000  low-income students for school with clothes, shoes, educational supplies, backpacks, haircuts and dental and vision exams.

Thanksgiving  Distribution that gives families all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Holiday Distribution that provides holiday food boxes, new toys and clothing for children, Christmas trees and much more.

Our Pet Food Bank helped 726 families keep their pets last year. Our pet food supplies come from generous donations by individuals, stores and businesses throughout the community.  If you’d like to contribute pet food or funds, call us at (626) 358-3486.  You may also drop off dry and canned pet food at the locations below.

Pet Food Dropoff Locations:

Dr. Domotor’s Animal House Vet. Hospital
135 W Foothill Blvd.
Monrovia, CA 91016
M-F 7-6 Sat 8-1

Huntington Veterinary Hospital
535 W. Huntington Dr.
Monrovia, CA 91016
M-F 8-6 Sat 8-2

Wonder Dog Ranch
220 Taylor St.
Monrovia, CA 91016
M-F 7-6:30 Sat 8-5

Happy Paws Dog Grooming
119 E. Olive Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016
Tu-Sat 8-4:30

Monrovia Floral
119 E. Olive Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016
M-F 9-5:30 Sat 9-2