Change Matters Solutions – The Survival Guide w/ Char Bland

Tune for an hour of news, information and commentary.

Today we are joined by Chairperson Charlotte Bland of the City of Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women to discuss women’s issues in general, human trafficking, homeless women who are vets and the 14th Published Edition of the SURVIVAL GUIDE for Individuals, Families, and Organizations.

7-5-2016-12-39-28-pmCharlotte (Char) Bland is a spark of power that not only walks her talk but shines through her integrity. Her career mission is to facilitate the development and expansion of communities and organizations. Her occupational strategic plan focuses on creating engagements that reveal increasingly higher, more effective levels of success for corporations and communities.

With several decades of experience working with corporate as well as not profit entities, Char has mastered both the concrete tools and intuitive skills to guide, direct and support communities and corporations through the challenges of changing environments in which we live and work. The quality that separates Char from others is her ability to accurately access the needs and take charge to build teams and lead them to the next level of productivity towards success.

As the Chair of the City of Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women, Char created the vision, resources and implemented the community event “The 2015 Report on the Status of Women in Pasadena. The report focused on employment and earnings, housing and homelessness, women veterans and domestic violence. The fifth area included in the report was human trafficking throughout Los Angeles County.


In June of 2016, Char created the vision, and implemented a team to launch the Commission on the Status of women 2016-2018 Survival Guide.

Download: survival_guide_card_2016_final

This very important resource guide includes information on healthcare, childcare, employment opportunities, government programs, housing, substance abuse programs and transportation.

Char is the Chair of the Los Angeles Cares Mentoring Movement. The Los Angeles CARES Mentoring Movement is a call to action to every able and caring Black adult to help end the crisis in our community by mentoring our young people who are at risk and by recruiting other caring adults to mentor. We encourage local leaders to raise awareness of the need and benefits of mentoring, as well as recruit mentors for organizations that provide mentoring and other youth-support services.

Char partnered with Mrs. Ridley-Thomas to bring the “Day of Dialogue” to Pasadena, at a time when the community needed immediate healing of the several shootings happening across our country. Char’s responsibility was to organize a team of pillars in the community. This event was filled to capacity that included several Community leaders and Businesses. Supported by the Chief of Police and Mayor.

Char is a Board Member of the LA City College Foundation and volunteers on the Guardian Scholars committee. These students experienced joy and gained the knowledge that someone cares about them. Guardian Scholars at LACC receive support throughout the year. Foster Care Counts provides resources for computers, transportation for college tours, supplies, food for events and meetings, and stipends for students who meet academic goals. Most important—students are able to get their textbooks through a voucher system supported by funding from Foster Care Counts.

Char is a Board Member and Advocate for the organization, GAP (Grandparents as Parents Inc.) she represented GAP attending meetings with Congress and the Senate in Washington DC at the National Relative Caregivers Rally. Char also supports local group meetings where relative caregivers have a safe confidential place to share their personal experiences and begin to heal.

Char is a contributing writer in the book “The Magic of Mentoring PEARLS of WISDOM “. In this book she shares her story of being raised by several relative caregivers in a very tremulous time of her life to become the successful community servant and business entrepreneur she is today.

Awards: PACEF 2016 Community GEM 2016 Community Service Award/Shepard’s Door Domestic Violence Resource Center

The 2016 United States of Women
2016 Woman of Distinction Nominee, California Legislature Assembly Member 41st District Chris Holden

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