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News-A Night to Remember: Celebrating the Guadalupe Homeless Project's Women's Shelter

Desde La Base- Fall 2015

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On Saturday, June 6th, guests at the Pasadena home of board member Rey Rodriguez and his wife Vivian came together for an evening of music, paella, and a special introduction to the Guadalupe Homeless Project’s Women’s Shelter. The event was hosted by Rey and Vivian Rodriguez and board member Vince Lawler and his wife Anita Lawler.

The shelter opened its doors on December 3, 2014, with support from former County Supervisor Gloria Molina and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The 15-bed shelter addresses the needs of a largely underserved population: senior-aged homeless women who are struggling to survive at a time of life when other men and women their age are embarking on retirement.

Several shelter residents attended the event and addressed those present, sharing their very personal stories of struggle and renewed hope. In addition to shelter and meals, clients of the Guadalupe Homeless Project receive one-on-one case management and referrals that are tailored to their individual needs.

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Vicki, a 61 year-old woman who was living on the street for six years before she came to GHP in December, had this to say about her life since she entered the program: “I’m healthier than when I got here, and I had the best Christmas since my teens. I love how the care and resources we receive are centralized, and the support of the surrounding community is so nice, too. The shelter should be a model of what is available for women. ” Recently, Vicki transitioned to permanent housing.

And since opening its doors in December, the Women’s Shelter has provided 50 women with 12,000 bed nights.

Thank you to all who attended... together, we exceeded our $15,000 fundraising goal, raising more than $21,000!

 

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