about Us

Our Mission

To help homeless children by helping their families: to stay intact, to regain stable housing and to return to steady work, in the warm fold of a supportive, volunteer-driven community.

Our Vision

To empower local communities to end homelessness in the San Gabriel Valley.

Our Values

Hospitality, Empowerment, Compassion, Mobilizing Community, and Hope.

Our Story

Established in 2011, Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley is a nonprofit organization that touches lives by addressing family homelessness in the local community. We partner with faith congregations, civic organizations, and individuals to offer homeless children and their families temporary housing and other assistance, enabling them to get back on their feet.


We’re one of 200-plus local affiliates of Family Promise—a national organization that serves more than 50,000 people in need each year and engages over 180,000 volunteers. Family Promise affiliates are located in 41 states across the country. For more information, visit familypromise.org.


In 2016, Family Promise SGV celebrated our fifth anniversary—looking forward to the next five years and beyond.

Staff
Matthew Rayburn, MPA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A graduate of the University of Southern California and the Sorbonne, Matt has spent the last 16 years learning, teaching, and leading in the fields of homelessness, faith engagement, and nonprofit management.

Over that time (this entire century!), he’s delivered results in steadily more responsible leadership positions at a variety of homeless agencies.

Matt and his wife, Shirley (a childrenʼs pastor), live in Pasadena with their daughters, Adia and Destiny.

Board of Directors
Martin Yuson
PRESIDENT

Martin Yuson first got involved with Family Promise SGV through St. Andrew Catholic Church, where he is a parishioner and member of the Peace and Social Justice Ministry. He and his wife, Aura, live in Northwest Pasadena, a community where they have been actively involved over the past two decades. Martin is an attorney specializing in healthcare-related issues.

Kirsten Johnson
SECRETARY

Judy Hao
GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Judy joined the FPSGV Board in March 2015 after volunteering for two years with her church. She says she’s drawn to FPʼs creativity — and how it lets faith communities live their values and theology in practical ways as the work to connect families with housing, meals, and resource linkage. On the Board, her roles include recruiting new members and helping management with governance and human resources matters.


Joe Gardner

Joe Gardner retired in December 2011 as a police sergeant from the City of Santa Monica, where he served for 27 years as a motorcycle traffic officer, county drug task force investigator for LAIMPACT, and founding member of the Homeless Liaison Program. Joe is president of Meals On Wheels, Industry, where he oversees the delivery of meals to residents in West Covina and the San Gabriel Valley. He is also a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Probation Department, serving residents of the 5th District. In addition, Joe is affiliated with Cory’s Kitchen (a food bank) and Toys for Tots. Nominated twice for the State Assembly, Joe clearly cares for his community and works hard to improve it.

Michael Gin

Natalie Poole
FUND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR

Daryn Kobata
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Daryn joined the Family Promise SGV Board in March 2015 and chairs its Communications Committee. A communications professional, she has worked in healthcare, international relief and development, and higher education. She coauthored a chapter in Making Housing Happen: Faith-Based Affordable Housing Models.