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Good News From St. Joseph Center in July!

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Good News from St. Joseph Center!

July 31, 2017


Our mission is to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.
A Home of Their Own

Javier Jimenez never imagined he would need a place like St. Joseph Center. About ten years ago, Javier met Kim—a mother of three who struggled with addiction and mental illness. They got married and Javier worked hard to provide and care for his new family. The marriage failed, but things were worse than Javier realized. One day, he received a phone call from the police: after reports of abuse, the children had been removed from Kim’s home.


Without hesitation, Javier took custody of the children but soon after he lost his home due to overcrowding. Javier called LA County’s 211 helpline, which referred him to St. Joseph Center’s Homeless Family Solution System program. Our staff arranged emergency housing for the family and helped Javier locate a new apartment. The program then provided rental assistance to help the family for the first few months in their new home.


Today, the family is thriving. Javier has adopted the children and everyone feels hopeful and excited about what the future has in store. Javier is proud of them for all they have overcome and all they have ahead of them.


Our holiday-season Adopt-A-Family Program is a way to make a personal difference in one family’s life. To find out more, contact Volunteer Services Manager Christine O’Rourke at (310) 396-6468 x326 or


Cocktails for a Cause at Ashland Hill: Tuesday, August 1, 6p-9p
Our Main Street neighbors at Ashland Hill are hosting “Cocktails for a Cause” to benefit St. Joseph Center! Join us this Tuesday, August 1, from 6p-9p. Come have some post-work fun, and sip for St. Joseph Center! A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to support our mission and programs.


Ashland Hill is at 2807 Main Street in Santa Monica, between Ashland and Hill.


We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lauren Novik:


Farm to (Classroom) Table
Before retiring as Director of the L.A. Valley College Child Development Center, SJC volunteer Terry Teplin promoted a national curriculum called “Farm to Preschool,” which educates young children on a variety of topics related to sustainable, local foods. Now, she has brought her program to the children at St. Joseph Center’s Early Learning Center.

Terry teaches the children simple, healthy recipes using fresh, seasonal produce. They recently learned about peaches: they sampled different varieties, compared the fruit’s fuzzy outer layer to the red pit inside, and learned how to say “peach” in Spanish (duranzo). Terry demonstrated how to use peaches to make a healthy, refreshing smoothie and encourage healthy eating at home by handing out a recipe sheet for children to share with their families.


Give children the opportunity to put their lessons from Farm to Preschool to work by supporting our Food Pantry, a source for fresh fruits and vegetables for families, or by supporting our Early Learning Center.  You can make a gift through PayPal or contact Erin Goldfarb at / 310-396-6468 x324 for information on more ways you can help!


The Unselfish “Jean”
Our heartfelt thanks to the students of Saint Mark’s Elementary School!  They made a $1,000 donation to support Saint Joseph Center’s Bread & Roses Café, from their Jeans Day fundraiser. On Jeans Day, students have the option to exchange a $1 charitable donation for the chance to wear jeans to school instead of their usual school uniform.


“This money was raised by every student at St. Mark School,” Teacher Amy Lebenzon explains. “We hope that this money will help people feel more secure and comfortable. Thank you for all your efforts to help the people of Los Angeles, especially Venice.”


Start your own drive for St. Joseph Center! It’s a great activity to do with kids…or with co-workers, neighbors, and friends. Contact Volunteer Services Manager Christine O’Rourke at 310-396-6468 x326 or to get started!


Recent Gifts In-Kind

We appreciate so much the items that generous people like you donate to help our clients and support our programs. Our special thanks go out to:

·     Culver City Presbyterian Church (food and toiletries

·     Distributing Dignity (feminine hygiene products)

·     Natural History Museum and Pacific Park (guest passes for families)

·     Socks for Souls and Sock Panda (socks and hygiene kits for homeless clients)

·     VCA Charities / Hills Pet Nutrition (cat and dog food for clients’ pets)


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