The Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor Business Im-provement District (GLPVCC BID) lost a steadfast and committed friend when Chrysalis Supervisor Carl Cooper passed away on No-vember 27, 2017. Cooper will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his generosity and dedication, his love of music and as a fierce bowling competitor.
Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a path-way to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing resources and support. Chrysalis Enterprises is Chrysalis’ in-house business that provides transitional jobs for clients who have barriers to employment.
Incarcerated for seven years, Cooper said that the second chance Chrysalis gave him saved his life. “They don’t discrimi-nate as long as you’re willing to work,” he said.
Cooper was a supervisor at Chrysalis Enterprises for 15 years, serving the GLPVCC BID and the Los Angeles Arts District Business Improvement District (LAAD BID). He supervised a maintenance crew from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. five days a week, who provide general maintenance services such as sweeping streets, picking up trash, painting over graffiti and responding to clean-up requests. Cooper earned many achievement awards for his work on the job.
In addition to working with his Chrysalis Enterprises crew, the Los Angeles native used his supervisorial position to help mentor countless people and help them turn their lives around. Cooper would often tell his fellow Chrysalis Enterprise supervisors, “Always be fair and professional, and everything will fall into place. Chrysalis has given us all a second chance, and we have to take advantage of it.”
Most recently, Cooper had begun the process of establishing a nonprofit organization which would help secure jobs and housing for people aspiring to rebuild their lives. Using his own life as an example, he intended to guide and inspire oth-ers to reach their full potential.
Cooper is survived by three daughters, Kawanna Brown, Nayanna Cooper and Cartearra Cooper Jefferson; seven grand-children; his brother, Roy Cooper, Jr; and his cousin, Wendell Findley. He leaves behind and will be missed by a host of extended family and friends, including those in Leimert Park.