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					February 2006                                                                      www.losangelesmission.org




DIGNITY
  Be a Part of the Excitement in Hope Central!
               Join us for the 6th Annual March
               for Human Dignity!



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               ffirming a person’s dignity can begin with the smallest of
                 gestures, like providing clean clothing, including new men’s
                  and women’s underwear, socks and t-shirts. We need your
                       help to make sure that we can provide these items to
   those who desperately need them.
        On President’s Day, Monday, February 20th, the Los Angeles Mission
   will join hundreds of other supporters to march the streets of downtown
   Los Angeles, proclaiming that dignity rebuilds people and can start with
   as small a gesture as providing new underwear for someone who has
   no resources to buy them him or her self.
                      Call our Volunteer Department at (213) 629-1227
                         ext. 301 for more information about the
                          March for Human Dignity. Or visit our website
                      www.losangelesmission.org to find out the march
                     route and event details.
                                                       photos by André B. Murray
                Christmas Comes
                to Hope Central                      Celebrities Helped Us Serve Food and
                                                     Distribute Hundreds of Gifts to Children
                                                     at Our Annual Christmas Dinner




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                                                                here was snow, Santa and lots of presents for the needy children of
                                                                 Hope Central on Friday, December 23rd, the day of our annual
                                                            Christmas dinner.
                                                                  Well known movie and television actors were on hand to join hundreds
                                                              of volunteers to serve a hearty meal, sing Christmas carols, and distribute gifts to
                                                 both children and adults. Jennifer Love Hewitt, star of the hit CBS show “Ghost Whisperer,”
                                                 was the host for the second consecutive year.
                                                  “I think this is truly what this season is about,” Hewitt said. “Really, Christmas is about the
                                                 human connection of man
                                                 to man, spirit to spirit.
                                                 You don’t get that any bet-
                                                 ter than here at the Los
                                                 Angeles Mission.”
                                                  This Christmas meal is
                                                 a favorite of our “friends
                                                 and neighbors” here
                                                 at Hope Central. Our
                                                 Food Service Director,
                                                 Chris Cormier, conducted
                                                 an informal survey to
                                                 determine the menu for
                                                 this event, and again this
                                                 year, it was oven roasted
                                                 chicken, 3-cheese maca-           Host Jennifer Love Hewitt, star of the CBS hit show
                                                 roni, mixed vegetables,           “Ghost Whisperer”, gets a big Christmas Spirit hug from
                                                 cranberry sauce, rolls and        Marshall McNott, president of the Los Angeles Mission.
                                                 butter and pumpkin pie.
        More than 3,000 pounds of chicken, 400 pounds of pasta, and 125 gallons of cheese sauce for macaroni were prepared. Add all
   of that to the 900 pounds of mixed vegetables cooked and the 375 pies baked for the day’s meal, and that equates to one busy kitchen!
        Hundreds of wrapped gifts were distributed to the children of the area. Each child was given a gift appropriate to their age and
   gender. All of the gifts were donated by the public and individually counted and wrapped by hundreds of volunteers.
        And Santa made a special appearance. He brought Mrs. Claus along with him, and something rarely seen in downtown Los Angeles
   … snow (although it was Hollywood magic and not the cold variety)!
                                                  In this past year, we served over 460,000 meals, provided more than 127,000 nights
                                                 of warm and safe lodging, and distributed more than 158,000 articles of clothing
                                                 for those in need. We like to view this event as a way to help others and celebrate all the
                                                 ways God has blessed us throughout the year.
                                                  “Christmas is such a special time” said Marshall McNott, president of the Los Angeles
                                                 Mission. “It is a time of joy and blessing. We celebrate the birth of Jesus and share hope with
                                                 people who have forgotten about hope. Our goal with this event was to share God’s love with
                                                 every person, to serve them and show them respect, and to open the possibility of beginning
                                                 a new life of dignity off the streets with God’s unconditional love.”


photos by André B. Murray
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Dignity            Jason L. Burton
                     Since I’ve been at the Los Angeles
                         Mission my insight on life has
                            completely changed from
                                doing everything to be a
                                    complete failure to
                                      doing everything
                                        to be successful.
                             As a young man I have never
                   been homeless or slept on the street,
                                                             Jason                                                BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                                                                                                  Herb Smith
                                                                                                                  Chairman
                                                                                                                  Priscila E. Castillo
                                                                                                                  Secretary
                                                                                                                  Dr. Henry Cloud
                                                                                                                  Treasurer
                                                                                                                  Greg Campbell
                                                                                                                  Rev. Neva Lema
                                                                                                                  Marilyn McCoo
                   but by me being here at the Los
                                                                                                                  Tony Thomopoulos
                   Angeles Mission, I can now see what                                                            Marshall McNott
                   my life could become if I don’t choose                                                         Ex Officio
                   the right path, and that path is Jesus                                                         BOARD OF ADVISORS
                   Christ.                                                                                        Anne Douglas
                                                                                                                  Congressman David Dreier
                       Jesus Topete                                                                               United States Congress
                                                                                                                  Dave Clark
                              Prior to coming to the Los Angeles
                                Mission, I couldn’t handle my drug
                                   addiction. I was addicted to
                                       amphetamines for over 13
                                                                       Jesus                                      KCAL 9 News
                                                                                                                  Tony McEwing
                                                                                                                  Fox 11 News
                                                                                                                  Robbins Gray
                                                                                                                  President, First Pacific Financial
                                            years. My family and                                                  Jerry McCarthy
                                                                                                                  President, Fadal Engineering
                                              I tried just about every-
                                              thing; witchcraft,                                                  EXECUTIVE TEAM
                     psychologists and doctors, but nothing helped.                                               Marshall McNott
                                                                                                                  President
                              When I came into the Los Angeles                                                    Carlos Bermudez
                     Mission I was determined to find a cure for my                                               Vice President,
                      drug addiction, but never imagined that God                                                 Ministry and Operations
                                                                                                                  John Payne, Ph.D.
                      was the one that had brought me here. My                                                    Vice President, Mission Relations
                      new life began in May of 2005 when I accepted                                               Sandra Runyon
                                                                                                                  Human Resources
                      Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and was
                                                                                                                  Sandy Litke
 baptized. I feel much better than I ever imagined.                                                               Director of Finance
      The Los Angeles Mission has helped me with English classes
                                                                                                                  DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS
 and with my GED. But, what’s most important is having a relationship with Jesus Christ, which is the founda-
                                                                                                                  John Payne
 tion for the cure of my drug addiction and having a better life. I am grateful to God and the Los Angeles        Myles Clark
 Mission because they’ve changed my heart. I will never forget the Los Angeles Mission; it is the house of God.   Ginger Morris
                                                                                                                  Al Rossi (Non-cash gifts)
 Victor Barrio                                                                                                    Joe Rowe
                                                                                                                  Ezell Williams
       I was a drug addict at the age of 10 and was forced
 to run away from home because of the domestic violence
 that existed in my house.
       I have used all types of drugs and alcohol, and been
 in and out of prison since I was 15 years old. I am now
                                                             Victor                                               NEWSLETTER
                                                                                                                  PRODUCTION TEAM
                                                                                                                  Robert Brocke
                                                                                                                  Marjorie Crowley
                                                                                                                  Ayana Petteway
 42 years old. I haven’t been a graceful person to society.                                                       Joe Rowe
 My own family rejected me and I abandoned my wife and
                                                                                                                  Los Angeles Mission
 kids. But, thanks to God’s mercy, Jesus Christ found me                                                          303 East 5th Street
 and brought me to this place.                                                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90013
       At the Los Angeles Mission I came to realize that my                                                       (213)629-1227
 perspective of life and the flaws of my character have                                                           The Anne
 been the cause of my failures. There is only one powerful                                                        Douglas Center
                                                                                                                  310 Winston Street
 enough to heal the anger and bitterness of the heart and His name is Jesus Christ. Look for Him and you          Los Angeles, CA 90013
 will find the peace that you need. I thank God for the Los Angeles Mission.                                      (213)614-0743
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                                                                       P L A N N E D                                G I V I N G



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                                                                       Nudge…               ost of us can use a nudge now and then to do




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                                                                                            something we know we should do– like writing
                                                                                            or updating a will. We find it easier to procras-
                                                                                            tinate than to accomplish the task and a good
                                                                                            nudge can get us moving in the right direction.
                                                                                            If this describes you, consider this little article
                                                                                            your nudge.
                                                                                                 We have seen the difficulties that arise when
                                                                       a person dies intestate (without a will). We also know that many
                                                                       people who intend to include the Los Angeles Mission in their will
                                                                       fail to get their wish unless the bequest has been clearly stated in
                                                                       a valid will. And, you will be glad when the chore is done. You
                                                                       and your beneficiaries will have peace of mind about your final
                                                                       affairs...and you will thank us for the nudge.
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                                                                             One way we can assist you is to make things as easy
                                                                       as possible. Our complimentary Will Information Kit is
                                                                       designed to do just that. It contains basic information that helps
                                                                       you think through the various issues and prepares you for your
                                                                       visit with an estate-planning attorney. (If you don’t have a good
                                                                       attorney, we can help you locate one.) The main thing is to
                                                                       complete this extremely important matter while you are able
                                                                       to thoughtfully consider the options and make
                                                                       sound decisions.
                                                                             To receive your free Will Information
                                                                       Kit, please complete the response form
                                                                       below, or call Myles Clark at (213)
                                                                       629-1227, Ext 324
                                                                             And finally, one more nudge – please
                                                                       do it today!

                                                                       Please Complete and Mail This Form
                                                                                                                                              ✄
                                                                       Dear Mr. Clark,
                                                                       ❒ Please send me your free Will Information Kit.
                                                                       ❒ I (we) have included Los Angeles Mission in our estate plans.
                                                                       ❒ Please contact me (us) about a personal visit.
                                                                       The best time to call me (us) is:
                                                                       Mr. Mrs. Ms. Miss         (please circle one)


                                                                       Name


                                                                       Address


                                                                       City                                 State              Zip Code


                                                                       Telephone                            E-mail
                                                                       Place the completed form in an envelope and mail to:
                                                                       Planned Giving Department
                                                                       Los Angeles Mission • 303 East 5th Street
✄




                                                                       Los Angeles, CA 90013
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Your Old Car Could
Make aV aluable
Difference!
A         re you thinking of selling or
             trading in your old car, boat
               or RV? Why not donate it
instead? As a charitable donation, your
contribution will make a valuable
difference to the Los Angeles
Mission!
Call 1-888-452-5700 today and
make sure you check with your tax
adviser about the benefits an auto donation can
represent for you … and, of course, be sure to specify that
you want the net proceeds of your gift to benefit the Los
Angeles Mission.


Make a Difference
in Hurting Lives!
For information or questions please call the
Los Angeles Mission at (213) 629-1227
and select from the options below:
How to become a volunteer: Ext. 301
How to make a financial gift: Ext. 334 or 336
To make a gift-in-kind donation: Ext. 326
To arrange for a large gift-in-kind donation pick-up: Ext. 333
Inquiries regarding mailing list and donor relations: Ext. 334
Information about the Urban Training Institute: Ext. 504
Information about the Anne Douglas Center: Ext. 507
To make a monetary donation online, visit our
website at www.losangelesmission.org.

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Inside the
Anne Douglas Center
                            DIGNITY
                   3 Women of the
              Anne Douglas Center
    Share Their Meaning of Dignity.




                                                   Claudia Cornejo
                                                   Dignity means that I am back on track, working on being the
                                                   woman that God has called me to be. Thanks to Jesus, He is
                                                   the only one I have to live for. Having him in my life gives me
                                                   purpose. Having dignity, to me, also means trusting and
                                                   wanting God to show me how to be a better mother,
                                                   a daughter, a wife, and sister. I am valuable.


      Stephanie Hinton
      Since I came to the Anne Douglas Center,
      my life has changed. My dignity is back…
      I am saved by the blood of the lamb. God
      has given me a new life, a high rank of
      dignity and a better life ahead to share a
      life with a man of God, so that we may
      be a blessing to our children and grand-
      children and show them the way.




                                                   Remesha Server
                                                   Coming here to the Anne Douglas Center has been a blessing
                                                   from God. He has placed people in my life to show me that I can
                                                   be something; that I no longer need to feel hopeless or helpless.
                                                   I now have hope because I found the help I needed. This place,
                                                   which I call “God’s house” has been so wonderful, I learned
                                                   to respect myself because here, I am respected.


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