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The South LA Forward initiative is organized
around three pillars: 1) access to health services; 2) healthy food; 3) economic security; all focused on helping South LA residents whose lives have been
disrupted by COVID-19. 

Our grassroots work is grounded by these principles:

  • We provide a hand up, not a handout

  • We uplift, not uproot

  • We extend and expand

  • We invest and we remain


meet the team

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The mission of the Watts Healthcare Corporation is to improve the health and well-being of the people and communities that we serve by ensuring access to compassionate, quality, culturally-sensitive preventive and primary health care services.


Roderick N. Seamster, MD MPH

President & CEO,

Watts Healthcare Corporation

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SEE-LA’s mission is to build sustainable food systems and promote social and cultural activities that benefit both low-to-moderate income residents of Los Angeles while also supporting California small and mid-sized farms and local small businesses.


Stephen Gutwillig

Executive Director


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The SoLa I CAN Foundation (SoLa Impact's nonprofit affiliate) is built on a simple premise: "If you can see it, you can be it!" We strive to inspire South Los Angeles residents and youth to see possibility and opportunity in their lives by offering educational programs, mentorship, job readiness training, and access to experiences they would otherwise lack. Our mission is to break intergenerational poverty through housing stability and educational advancement.


Sherri Francois

Executive Director

SoLa I CAN Foundation

Dana Knoll

Vice President, Programs

Watts Healthcare Corporation


Marie-Alise de Marco

Senior Manager,
Farmer's Market Operations



Martin Muoto

Founder & CEO

SoLa Impact

OUR initiatives

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South LA faces economic, cultural, and linguistic barriers to health care.  Watts Healthcare, along with South LA Forward partners, is expanding services helping to improve health outcomes and life expectancy.




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South LA is a food desert and 32% of its residents are food insecure. We are providing nutritious meals and healthy eating education to South LA. 

We are providing scholarships and internships to residents to create new career and economic opportunities through the COVID Retraining and Recovery (CORE) Fund. CORE offers scholarships to South LA residents whose jobs have been lost because of COVID-19.





Our monthly farmbox distribution has provided over 3,000 South LA 

households with fresh produce and critical supplies during the COVID pandemic.

CORE Recipients


We called CORE applicants informing them that they have been named CORE Scholars and will be receiving a CORE scholarship to fund their education and kickstart their dream careers.

Events calendar


“Never in all my life and numerous complexes owner owned or through property management company's have I ever experienced such compassion, unconditional support, respect and appreciation. Makes me happy and proud to be a tenant. Keep up the great work. Have a blessed day.”​

stacey dukes

previously homeless

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