A Message from our Executive Director Saundra Bryant:
Dear Friends of All Peoples,
COVID-19 has taken our reality and turned it upside down. Every day and sometimes every few hours we are listening to the news, reading the internet, talking to friends and family trying to understand and prepare for changing times. In the 1965 Watts Riot, All Peoples remained open. In the 1992 Civil Unrest, All Peoples remained open. In 2020, with the Coronavirus All Peoples has remained open. We are serving the community by appointments only to maintain the safety of staff and our neighbors. Each Friday we are still distributing food to community members, especially those who may not have any other resources. Since the crises began we have been distributing food to nearly 200 families per week. You may contact us at (213) 747-6357, Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm for services.
We also appreciate the support received to keep up with the demand for services. The Pacific Southwest Region (DOC) was one of the first to call and respond with additional assistance. Many of our donors have also increased their gifts. Our foundation funders have responded with the flexibility to make changes in our programs to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.
Many of our staff are telecommuting staying in touch with our youth and families to determine how we can be of assistance. The staff of All Peoples are my Heroes/Sheroes because they are committed to being there for our families. We could not accomplish the goals that we have achieved without their support. Remember them when you sitting down with your family. If you are a praying person, please keep our staff in your prayers.
Our pledge of Real Solutions, Real Heart and Real Service is made possible because of you. Thank you.
About All Peoples Community Center
All Peoples Community Center (All Peoples) is an all-encompassing neighborhood center whose mission is to provide social services and programs that empower individuals and promote community, respect, and self-determination for all.
Founded in 1942, All Peoples has served as a true safe haven and trusted place for low-income children and families in South Los Angeles. Today, All Peoples provides a myriad of social and educational services to more than 6,600 people per year in its 20,000-square-foot center located in a residential area of South LA’s Vernon-Central neighborhood, immediately south of downtown Los Angeles. Services are designed to achieve the following goals: to help children succeed at each stage of development; to strengthen and support individuals and families and build community; to prevent violence and crime in the community and the home; to address the root causes of gang involvement; to provide job training and create job opportunities; and to help seniors stay active and engaged.
All Peoples is a vibrant hub of activity for children, youth, and families six days a week, year-round. Services include licensed extended day childcare, after school programs, academic tutoring, a computer lab, summer camp, summer jobs, an alternative high school, workforce development and career assistance, financial literacy and education, parenting classes, domestic violence support groups, food distribution, a community micro-garden, a senior volunteer program, and more.
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