Guadalupe Homeless Project

Men's Shelter: Proyecto Pastoral established GHP on December 12, 1988. The shelter opened its doors to address an issue that was most neglected in the community: emergency shelter for the homeless. For more than 20 years we have been providing 90-day temporary shelter and meals to homeless men. The Guadalupe Homeless Project is the only men’s shelter in East Los Angeles and responds to the needs of a particularly vulnerable segment of society. A majority of GHP clients are immigrants who come to the United States looking for work, opportunity, and a way out of poverty. They hear of the shelter through word of mouth or through referrals from social service agencies. The shelter has gained a reputation for the sense of community and personal attention our clients receive while at GHP. GHP not only provides men with a safe place to dwell, but also teaches clients to take initiative for their own success and to measure this success in terms of the goals they have defined. As a requirement for receiving services through GHP, clients commit to taking proactive steps to transition into permanent housing with the assistance of trained staff and volunteers. Clients meet regularly with their Case Manager to assess progress on their goals, discuss challenges and receive resources and support to achieve independent living. GHP builds the capacity of clients to succeed independently through workshops that foster positive interactions with community members and focus on personal development. These workshops and services occur on-site, and clients who need more extensive help are transported for off-site services in the GHP van. GHP’s comprehensive services are listed below.


Women's Shelter: In partnership with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, former Supervisor Gloria Molina, the Department of Mental Health, and other agencies, Proyecto Pastoral recently established a pilot Women’s Shelter to house vulnerable homeless women currently seeking protection near La Placita Church and in the Boyle Heights community.  Because of Proyecto’s expertise in running a men’s shelter, the organization was prepared to add this additional shelter to the program.  And the need is great, as it is estimated that there are more than 14,000 homeless women living on the streets of Los Angeles County.  GHP projects the program will serve a total of 60 unduplicated women throughout the year. The women’s shelter maintains an overnight manager as well as a day manager, and includes the following components:

  • - Two rooms of the main headquarters for Proyecto Pastoral are set aside for the 15 bed shelter;
  • - It is a 14-hour, daily, secure shelter for women only;
  • - The women are transported to and from Dolores Mission Church and School where GHP is based;
  • - At that secondary location, they have access to two hot meals daily as well as meet with counselors and take advantage of other services offered by the GHP staff and volunteers;
  • - The shelter facilities include a women-only shower, separate toilet and sink room, changing room, multi-purpose room and sleeping room;
  • - The pilot program will run one year, beginning December 1, 2014 through November 30, 2015;
  • - The women have access to the same services as the men’s program, including individual case management, job referrals, health referrals, personal savings account, and enrichment and educational classes; and
  • - The women are invited to shop for their specific clothing needs at Proyecto’s La Tiendita/Thrift Center at no cost.

Medical Services

ghp Medical Services such as general screenings, dental services, mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) clinics, and regular follow ups. These services are provided by Queens Care Medical Center on a weekly basis, Clinica Romero on a monthly basis and Union Rescue Mission provide dental services regularly. University of Southern California County General Hospital and White Memorial provide emergency services. GHP recently established a relationship with Altamed who provide regular workshops on family planning and the prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). They’re also training interested clients on becoming health promoters to both help develop their leadership skills and disseminate important health information into the community. Finally, a counseling and drug treatment program is being instituted through the work of the Extension Program of Loyola Marymount University and  Catholic Charities.

Educational Seminars

cem Educational Seminars are held weekly and include such topics as human and labor rights and tobacco and drug prevention. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered every other week by the International Institute of Los Angeles. GHP also holds spirituality and meditation classes. All classes are optional and based on client expressed needs.

Job Referrals

job Job Referrals are coordinated by the Case Manager who connects with local job centers and online resources to aid clients in finding employment.

Savings Plan

saving Savings Plan management teaches clients budgeting and saving for self-sufficiency. The amount a client chooses to contribute is voluntary. The plan helps clients save their earnings, teaches them to plan for independent living and allows GHP to maintain a safe environment without theft. This process ensures that clients don’t become homeless again due to lack of fiscal planning once they leave GHP.

Housing Referrals & Placement

housing Housing Referrals & Placement includes assistance with completing paperwork and legal review of the lease or rental agreement. Clients also attend workshops to find housing, negotiate leases and learn about tenant rights and landlord responsibilities. Strong networking is made with the leadership of the housing authority and various shelter transitional housing programs in the city.

Contact Information:


Men's Shelter

Address: 171 S. Gless St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone: (323)881-0032


Women's Shelter

Address: 135 N. Mission Rd.

Phone: (323)604-9985


GHP News:


A Night to Remember: Celebrating the Guadalupe Homeless Project's Women's Shelter - Desde la Base, Fall 2015

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...Read More >>

GHP Opens a Distribution Center!


135 N. Mission Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90033

The store will be open for distribution on Tuesdays from 1pm to 6pm and will run its operations with the volunteer work of our shelter residents. -- Check out our webpage!

New Beginnings at GHP- Desde la Base, Summer 2012

The early 90s were not kind to former         Guadalupe Homeless Project resident Juan.  On a day that forever changed the course of his life, he was badly beaten in an altercation with police.  The legacy of this experience was far-reaching.  Read More >>


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