Mission: The mission of St. Francis Center is to serve homeless and near-homeless families and individuals in the underserved neighborhoods of downtown Los Angeles in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi, by:
•Serving their immediate needs
•Educating, empowering and accompanying them
•Providing them with the tools necessary to build better lives and neighborhoods
•Addressing the systemic causes of poverty through advocacy
Target demographics: Homeless and low-income individuls and families within the Los Angeles area.
Geographic areas served: Downtown Los Angeles:To The West: Hoover/Bonnie BreaTo The North: JamesWoods/9th St.To The South: AdamsTo The East: Central
Programs: Through the family well being program, st francis center (sfc) offers weekly pantry services for families, youth, disabled adults, seniors, veterans and those living in supportive housing and had 13,288 visits. Not only do guests benefit from groceries staff and volunteers distribute through the program, but the food pantry serves as a means to introduce families to sfc's other such as holiday adopt-a-family, nutritious cooking classes, health care, summer camps for youth and resource services. Combined these program offerings provide guests with the tools necessary to build better lives and neighborhoods.
the homeless well-being program provides homeless guests with warm meals and sack lunches six days a week through the served meal service. Staff members also provide health and hygiene services, mail service and resource services. The program is designed to end the cycle of poverty for guests. Total program participants was 112,000 for the calendar year.
sfc's youth empowered for success program includes the enrichment activities, and youth summer camp program. By offering year-round programs for the children of the very low-income families sfc serves through its pantry service, staff and volunteers aim to keep local youth off of the streets and engage them in activities that enrich their lives.
I have been working with this nonprofit on a monthly basis for the past 5 years--- and they are awesome! They are big enough to handle many community projects, but small enough so that you feel like you are actually working when you are there. I know some places turn down volunteers, and that's sad-- but many places need you to come in and lend a hand--- there's the cool part-- serving the homeless--- but there are lots of other parts-- like doing dishes after the food is prepared- that need to be done to make this place run. Great management. Great heart!
It was great helping out and reaching out to the less fortunate. I was glad to give a smile to at least one person when we handed out food to them. The Saint Francis Center is a wonderful way to do community service and you're able to bond with people. :)