Project Ropa employs individuals transitioning out of homelessness with a living wage and an opportunity to start a new chapter in their lives.
Who We Are
Project Ropa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise that employs individuals transitioning out of homelessness with a living wage and an opportunity to start a new chapter in their lives. We hand source our materials and all of our clothing is hand-painted and upcycled in Los Angeles by people transitioning out of homelessness. All of the proceeds directly benefit our non-profit which brings vital basic necessities to the streets of Los Angeles - helping restore dignity and rekindle optimism to people experiencing homelessness.
Founded in 2015 by Caitlin Adler, Project Ropa began as a non-profit that provides clothing, shoes and hygiene products to people in need at weekly pop-up events in the Los Angeles area. Clean clothes and hygiene products significantly impact a person’s economic well-being, physical health, and emotional resilience. Without these basic necessities, it is virtually impossible for someone to get off the street and get a job. We work in tandem with Lava Mae, a mobile shower organization to help restore dignity, rekindle optimism and remove these barriers.
We also provide job interview outfits to Homeless Health Care Los Angeles and Safe Place for Youth; prom dresses and suits to A Place Called Home and everyday clothes to Lava Mae, Skid Row ReFresh Spot, Cardinal Manning Center and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
To date, Project Ropa has provided clothing to over 13,500 homeless individuals, prom outfits to more than 250 teenagers and job interview outfits to over 2,600 people.