Spotlight on Elizabeth Reid
Born in England, living in Southern California, and working toward world change – we’d like to introduce Elizabeth Reid, owner and founder of Immanuel House.
After a successful career in sales, Reid made the transition to giving back to the community. Her advocacy was greater than the simple task of donating money to an already existing service; Elizabeth wanted to ensure that specific parties received attention and help in their journey to wholeness. For Reid, the change was simple, “Service is a transferable skill… whether its sales or drug treatment, people always need help.” Reid graduated from Riverside Community College, Orange Coast College, and school in England, and attributes her mother with the life mentorship that led her to IH.
“My Mom comes from forty years in the medical field; the last twenty in mental health, which is a powerful partnership –that’s why she is a board member. Our fundamental objective is to serve adults with mental challenge and dual diagnosis.” Reid started with her own home. After giving up personal living space for those less fortunate, she increased the scope of her strategic plan and created Immanuel House, a community based residential service provider aiding low income persons in the western part of Riverside County.
In order to receive donations for more space, supplies, and services, to reach the goals she had for IH, she finalized non-profit status in November of 2007. Currently Immanuel House has six locations throughout Riverside, Perris and Moreno Valley and 50 residents served. With the Toys for Tots campaign just completed this Christmas, the Thanksgiving feeding, Business Expos, and other community partnerships in her locale, “Immanuel House continues to thrive because of community partnership.” Reid is also a Board Member of the Moreno Valley Citywide Coalition, whose goal is to bring Moreno Valley non-profits together for the common good, giving yet more opportunities to serve the community.
With her growing team of staff and volunteers, IH’s success increases. Immanuel House just completed the prototype for housing, supplemental services, and outpatient care with plans to expand the program to all fifty states. Outpatient care will be available in 2016 to IH guests. “Due to the population of people we serve, accomplishments look a lot different for us [compared to] mainstream America. We effect change each time we keep someone out of custody by registering them in school, assisting them with the SSI/SDI processes, helping them prepare for and find employment, etc.”
Plans for more strategic partnerships with federal, state and local organizations will ensure that Immanuel House continues to “transform lives from the hurts of humanity.”