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Interim Safe & Sober Home

We offer a supportive environment for individuals seeking recovery from. Our program provides a safe and structured space where residents can focus on their sobriety and rebuild their lives. With round-the-clock staff support, evidence-based therapies, and a strong sense of community, our safe and sober home is a haven for those in need of a fresh start. We strive to empower our residents with the tools and resources they need to sustain long-term recovery and thrive in a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle.

Career Development

FFHLA provides workforce readiness services in an atmosphere of dignity that enhances the lives of those seeking to become self-sufficient. ​​We help individuals feel empowered to enter the workforce with confidence through multifaceted training, connections and interview preparation to jobs that match their skills and interests. Our Volunteers, employees, and collaborative partners help support this program.

Housing Just For Women!

FHHLA provides support for women and families struggling with trauma, domestic violence and substance abuse, as well as re-entry into society after incarceration. Our wrap-around services provide comprehensive care to each individual and their family.

Behavioral Health

We partner with treatment programs using cognitive behavior approaches, coupled with more traditional twelve-step and relapse prevention services that are helping break the cycles of recidivism. Programs are provided for both individuals and women parenting children as well as for youth referred by the criminal justice system. We are so thankful to our network of volunteers, employees, and partnerships with trained professionals and collaborative partners who support this program.

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Here at Free From Hardship L.A., Inc. values our values: Advocacy, Support, and Love. Homelessness affects everyone in society. It can feel overwhelming and it's hard to know how to make a difference.

Diana Saunders


Diana Saunders is an LMFT with over 15 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. Diana is a Los Angeles native who received her BA in Psychology from Spelman College and her MS in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Diana is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and has served the Los Angeles community providing therapy in Methadone Clinics, Residential Treatment Facilities and Community Based Services. Throughout her journey she has held multiple leadership positions allowing her to work directly with county partners in order to implement change from within. Her passion for giving back and working with at risk youth and families within the community has fueled her purpose of ensuring that those impacted most have a voice in their treatment. Diana’s ultimate goal is for those who choose to serve the community to serve from a place of compassion and not from a place of charity.

Celestial Scott

Founder & Executive Director

Celestial Scott, born and raised in Los Angeles, an Entrepreneur, CEO, CommUNITY Advocate and a formerly incarcerated female, who's been on her own since the young age of 16. Celestial grew up bouncing around between family members as her father was not in the home and her mother has suffered from drug addiction, mental health issues and was in and out of prison for the past 40+ years since Celestial was 4 years old. Celestial's lack of stability and guidance allowed her to freely roam the streets of Los Angeles, which eventually lead her to several years in prison. Once Ms. Scott was released from prison; she was blessed enough to obtain gainful employment only 6 days after her release. This position led Celestial to 20 years of a successful career in the insurance industry as she climbed the corporate ladder, ultimately landing her a position as a Senior Risk Analyst. Although Celestial had a stable & promising career, she still was not fulfilled and wanted more for herself and her community. After she created a plan, saved up funds and bought a multi-family property, she opened her 1st transitional housing site for men in 2018; providing support and outreach services to those formerly incarcerated. In 2019 she opened her women's site just before Covid 19 struck the world. Celestial's lived experience and past trauma has helped her to clearly understand the population of those formerly incarcerated, suffering from addictions, mental health issues and housing insecurities. She is committed to serving those in need, within her community and lending every hand to as many individuals and families as possible.