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Message from the Executive Director

Monsignor Gregory Cox video welcomes you to our site and services.

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting our Web site. We dedicate our efforts to creating hope in the lives of the most impoverished and vulnerable members of our society by providing them with the help they need. Inspired by Christ’s boundless love and generosity, we share our time and resources with the poor and disadvantaged in our society.

Nearly 20% of all residents in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are defined as poor (the national average is much lower, at 12%).  Among the leading causes of poverty and homelessness, which often force people into emergency situations, are high housing costs and low paying jobs. In California, a full-time minimum wage job pays $8.00 per hour. Employment paying at least $10.75 per hour is required to keep a family of four out of extreme poverty. A wage earner in the three-county area must make over $28.00 per hour in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment at fair market rate.

In Los Angeles County, a one parent, two-child household requires over $39,000 per year for basic needs. Therefore, one in three working families cannot pay for rent, health care, transportation, food, taxes and other necessities of daily life. The majority of clients who came to Catholic Charities during the 2015-2016 fiscal year had annual incomes of under $20,000.

During 2015-2016, Catholic Charities provided assistance to almost 100,000 different individuals who benefited from a wide range of our programs and services. Yet, we did not do it alone. We worked in cooperation with governmental agencies, religious organizations, businesses, foundations, other social service agencies, and thousands of individual supporters. They each played a significant role in reaching out to the poor.

If you need help, or if you would like to offer your help, please contact our staff at any of our offices, community centers, food banks, and shelters scattered throughout Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. We are honored to serve everyone who needs our assistance.

God bless.

Rev. Monsignor Gregory A. Cox
Executive Directorcatholiccharitiesla.org

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2013 City of Angels Christmas Gala

Held at The California Club in downtown Los Angeles, this elegant and festive event honored the 2013 Investees of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John  of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. Highlights of the evening included a special  vocal performance by Grammy-nominated Suzanna Guzman, accomplished mezzo-soprano and host of Open Call on KCET. Attendees also enjoyed exquisite food and listening and dancing to the wonderful music of the Jay Sterling Orchestra. Proceeds are used to help the poor with food, clothes, shelter and job development. Photos below are by Tom Wilmshurst. The 2014 City of Angels Christmas Gala will be held at The California Club on Friday, December 5. For information or to be included in the mailing list for that event, please contact Alexandria Arnold at (213) 251-3495.

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Financial Statements and Form 990

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc released its most current statement of financial position and the related statement of activities for June 30, 2014 and 2015. The financial position of Catholic Charities as of June 30, 2014 and 2015, ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

To view the Audited Financial Statements 2014-2015, click here

Also available is the IRS Form 990 .

To view the IRS Form 990 ending June 30, 2014, click here.

To view the IRS Form 990 ending June 30th, 2013, click here. 

To view the IRS Form 990 ending June 30, 2012, click here

To view the IRS Form 990 ending June 30, 2011, click here.

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Bridgette Barnes Video thanks Catholic Charities of Los Angeles and its Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children program

The programs of Catholic Charities focus on empowerment and seek to enact long-term positive change in individuals, families and communities. As a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, the agency is built on the principles of dignity and inclusion.

Programs address human suffering and larger social issues, such as poverty, hunger  and nutrition, homelessness, immigration, health care, mental health and illiteracy.

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Brothers Avoid Gangs With the Help of El Santo Nino Center

success-brothersBrothers “Pedro” and “Rafael” (not pictured above) are now in college at UC San Diego and Cal State Northridge. They are studying hard, planning careers and living full lives. But their lives could have gone in an altogether different direction. The brothers grew up in a neighborhood rife with gang violence, illiteracy, poverty and lack of hope.

When the boys were five and three years old, they came to Catholic Charities’ El Santo Niño (ESN) community center to participate in the School Readiness program. The program prepared them with the cognitive, social and emotional skills necessary to compete with their more affluent peers in the educational system. The boys both continued with the El Santo Niño program as they grew. As grammar school students, they came to ESN for its nurturing, academic after-school program. In high-school, they participated in organized social activities and field trips, while receiving tutoring when needed.

ESN provided the brothers with resources, school supplies, and social-emotional support, not to mention a busy schedule, that supported the boys in avoiding the area’s ubiquitous gang culture. The boys were even helped in getting part-time jobs so that they could buy school clothes and have some spending money. Pedro and Rafael were also guided by qualified staff and volunteers at the center in researching and applying for college.

In this neighborhood where most boys are recruited into gangs in middle school and where the majority of residents are uneducated and unemployed, Pedro and Rafael are paving new ground. Without El Santo Nino, they could have very easily drifted onto a self-defeating path. Instead, their lives are full of opportunity and hope for the future.catholiccharitiesla.org

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Man Keeps Green Card with Help of Esperanza

“J.G.” has called the United States home since he was a small child.  In 1990, he received his green card for lawful permanent residency and went on to finish high school and earn a number of certificates from community colleges, including one for public works, inspection of asphalt and concrete.

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J.G. works to support his two elderly, lawful permanent resident parents, taking special care of his mother who is in poor health.

Recently, the life J.G. has created for his family was in jeapordy of falling apart. J.G. was put into deportation proceedings after pleading guilty to stealing two low value items.  Worried about leaving his home and his parents behind, J.G. sought the help of Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Immigrants Rights Project. The Esperanza attorney, Jorge Cabrera, worked with J.G. while he was detained for approximately 5 months at the Mira Loma Detention Center. In court, Jorge convinced the Immigration Judge that the positive factors involved in J.G.’s case outweighed the negative factors. Thanks to the help of Esperanza, J.G. won the ability to stay in the United States with his green card intact.

Click here for more information about Esperanza Immigrants’ Rights Project

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