"For I was hungry, and you fed me, I was thirsty, and you gave a drink. I was a stranger and you invited me into your home."
In Los Angeles, those who are down on their luck, homeless or in need of services to make their lives better, are welcome with open arms at the St. Francis Center on Hope Street. Just absorb their logo “serving hope.” Their doors opened in 1972 and they have since provided relief and support to homeless and extremely low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles. Much more than a soup kitchen or a food pantry, they offer a unique range of services. They welcome all with joy, dignity and compassion and do so in a very limited space.
Their sister location is in Long Beach. It was closed for a period of time. Their hope is to reopen soon and become a beacon of hope to families and those on the margins of society providing food, clothing, and emergency assistance to college age students.
Administered by Catholic Charities, the food bank serves the people of Ventura and Santa Barbara. With the rampant Covid virus, it is amazing that our food banks and centers that serve the homeless and marginalized, continued to have open doors and volunteers to serve those in need, without skipping a beat. One third of the proceeds from the 2022 awards event will help those to the north find words of compassion from caring volunteers, meals to fill their bodies with much-needed nutrients and a smile to give them hope.
Like both St. Francis Centers, the Santa Barbara Food Pantry serves the marginalized – homeless and those living on the edge of poverty with food and services through the Catholic Charities mission in Santa Barbara. They also provide meals and basic needs for our brothers and sisters in need.
Forty years ago, Paul Mousel founded St. Francis Center Long Beach. Paul led a simple life of service: feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and clothing the tattered. After his death, the St. Francis Center building fell into disrepair. And so, the poor could no longer knock on those doors to satisfy their hunger and need for help. But it is now time for new followers of Paul to resurrect his spirit and St. Francis Center.
Since 1972, St. Francis Center has provided relief and support to homeless and extremely low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles. Much more than a soup kitchen or a good pantry, they offer a unique range of services to sustain and empower those in need and engaging volunteer opportunities in Los Angeles. They welcome all with joy, dignity and compassion, dedicating themselves every day to “SERVING HOPE” in our community.
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