Alison Hurst


After moving to California from London in 2001, Alison witnessed the homeless youth epidemic in Los Angeles and decided to get involved with addressing the issue. She began by making care packages at home with her family and handing them out with other volunteers in Hollywood and on the Venice Boardwalk. In 2009, she was voted Volunteer of the Year at a national conference. In 2010, she worked with Councilman Bill Rosendahl to open a drop-in center in Venice. From this Safe Place for Youth (SPY) was born. Under Alison’s leadership SPY volunteers have been joined by a team of dedicated full time staff, and SPY is now regarded as a vital lifeline for street based youth on the Westside. Besides sitting on he board of The Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition and several different committees, Alison still finds time to just sit and talk with homeless youth and let them know that they are valued.