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About Us

Building Communities to Frame the Future

We are a community resource center located in East Los Angeles.  We collect donations and corporate overflow of clothing, toiletries and household goods and redistribute them to smaller groups and individuals.  We operate a boutique where we teach and train local youth valuable work and life skills.


Our Story

Over 13 years ago, Maribel and Ed started working with non profits as part of a natural growth and progression after working in corporate environments that did little to address the much needed resources that the youth in our community could benefit from.  We identified and developed a process with which we could serve the community and still be an independent and self sustaining initiative. This was important to us as it is the reason why we developed this organization, to be able to implement the ideas and initiatives which we knew in our hearts would work and have an impact.  We were formed in 2016 and became a California Non Profit and 501 (c) (3)  in 2017.

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Who we are

In the Making was founded by Maribel Valdez and Edward Chang with a sincere desire to be of service to our community.  Being born and raised in East Los Angeles helped Maribel envision the change we want to be a part of in this community.  To that effect, In the Making serves as a platform in which our youth can formulate new initiatives and be empowered with the support and resources necessary to bring their ideas to reality.  Being born and raised overseas gives Edward the cultural connection to our international community, and the extensive work experience helps us navigate our initiatives from incubation to implementation.  Maribel and Ed share a passion of creativity and imagination needed in today's quickly changing business environment for community based organizations, and take pride in being resilient enough to adapt, innovate and succeed in being effective agents of change.

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