thelamission #hopebeginswithameal All this month May 1-31 every dollar donated to the Mission DOUBLES $1-for-$1 by a super generous group of donors who know summer is a crucial time at the Mission and want to help us raise as much as we can for our friends & neighbors on Skid Row. Donate through May 31 to have your gift matched! #linkinprofile to donate (Then come back to IG and let us know you've donated!) 5h

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thelamission "I am running the 5K run to let society know that those of us over 50 can complete things that are said to be mission impossible." - Venzor, student at Los Angeles Mission training for #MissionPossible
Why are you running/walking?

The #MissionPossible run & walk has a 5K track and a 10K track and is kid and family-friendly! Join us on May 14? See facebook.com/Losangelesmission for info 🏅
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thelamission "You have done so much for me." Shannon graduated from the #AnneDouglasCenter at the Mission in 2009. The @latimes captured this moment of her and Ms Anne Douglas at Anne's birthday lunch yesterday at the ADC. Blessed! 4d

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thelamission We celebrated the inspiring and incredibly generous Ms Anne Douglas today (whose birthday was Saturday). Anne Douglas' vision and generosity created the #AnneDouglasCenter at the Mission 24 years ago and today, our ADC students got to honor her with lunch and many thanks! 5d

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thelamission Black-eyed peas being cooked up in the Mission kitchen ahead of dinner. More than 300 plates will be served with this tasty side. #hopebeginswithameal 6d

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thelamission (Part 2) ...and the kitchen refrigerator needs cleaning... and your volunteers just dig right in! Thank you, Bethel Church volunteers, for the incredible acts of service and time you give to the Mission! #LAMvolunteer 1w

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thelamission When the dormitory needs mopping...(part 1 #LAMvolunteer) 1w

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thelamission The first time we posted about Adolfo he was new to the Fresh Start program at the Mission and reflecting on his hopes for the future. At Skid Row Easter Adolfo gave us this encouraging update: “I graduate on Tuesday and will move to my own housing. This Mission was the best thing to every happy to me, ya know.” #LosAngelesMission 2w

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thelamission These cases of donated bottle water will help keep our friends & neighbors on Skid Row hydrated as the temperature rises. 🏽 #givebackLA 2w

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thelamission #NationalVolunteerWeek may be ending... but our ️ and appreciation for the #LAMvolunteer family never stops! Best said by Sheila Moweta, Director of the Volunteer Dept. at the Mission pic here in front of our volunteer board: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the #LosAngelesMission – we could not conduct operations as effectively as we do without the help of volunteers. There is nothing like the caring heart of our volunteers and we are grateful for each and every one of them!" #LAMvolunteer 2w

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thelamission Perfectly said! 🏼 "Volunteers don’t get paid. To me that makes them priceless.
That’s the difference between ordinary people and extraordinary people, it’s that little EXTRA. And every single volunteer everywhere is EXTRAordinary. The volunteers give me inspiration and hope. It helps me to know one of the things I want to do when I graduate, to come back and volunteer. Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer." -Kyle S., student at the Mission #NationalVolunteerWeek
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thelamission On behalf of the Anne Douglas Center for Woman.... THANK YOU to all our volunteers! #NationalVolunteerWeek "All of the ladies of the Anne Douglas Center appreciate our helpful volunteers. Our volunteers exemplify the 4 P’s of service to God: Praise, Principles, Prayer and Placement. The volunteers are the key to our success." - Nina, student at the #AnneDouglasCenter at #LosAngelesMission 2w

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thelamission Dr. Kraig Golden... <3 of gold! #NationalVolunteerWeek #LAMvolunteer "I decided to become a volunteer because I wanted to have some kind of positive impact on helping to serve the homeless community. Service is something I feel is my obligation to provide my fellow humans, especially those who are less fortunate or have fallen on hard times.

Whether it’s by preparing meals, serving meals or cleaning up in the kitchen, the reward of knowing you are helping someone out and providing service is definitely worth the time to volunteer." -Dr. Golden, volunteer since 2010
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thelamission One of the beautiful faces that greets guests at the front desk of the Anne Douglas Center is #LAMvolunteer Angie Westfield: "Sharing my time and love at the Mission and the Anne Douglas Center is a spiritual experience. It’s a gateway to doing what Christ would have me do. On a daily basis, I speak of the blessing and goodness I experience working alongside our community here.

My desire to become a volunteer stemmed from traveling on mission trips to Mexico when I was younger. In adulthood, I decided that I would ask God to direct my path to the proper mission where I could be of service. With prayer and some opportunities, God directed me to the Los Angeles Mission.

I’m amazed each and every day at all the special acts of kindness that occur at our Mission from donors and from the public. When I’m in contact with people through volunteering, hopefully I’m able to convey a feeling of spirituality and peace." -Angie Westfield, volunteer since 2011 #NationalVolunteerWeek
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thelamission #NationalVolunteerWeek shoutout: #LAMvolunteer Roberta has volunteering with us since 2012: "I’m here every day. I start out in the morning doing shower tickets and passing out hygiene kits. Then I move from there in the afternoon to help guests that are coming in for a bed.

Four years ago, I came to Los Angeles from Tennessee. I was homeless for a year after I lost my job, but then I found a new job and bounced back. I understand what people are going through when they come here. It’s traumatic when you don’t know where you’re going to sleep or eat. I know that everyone is a paycheck away from being homeless.

I’ve had friends and family members face homelessness too. That’s part of what motivated me to volunteer here at the Mission. I love volunteering. Every day is different—there’s always someone
in need. Everyone is truly grateful for what you do for them. I enjoy seeing the positive outcomes for those who come to the Mission in need."
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thelamission "Family" is the best way to describe our #LAMvolunteer network... and a big part of our family are our students and graduates who are now volunteers. <3 #NationalVolunteerWeek "I’m in charge of all the clothing that comes in. I do that five days a week, and on Saturdays I come in and help with the Mommy and Me classes. Volunteering keeps me focused on giving back to the place that gave me my life back.

I sit down and talk with a lot of the new students that come in if they are interested. It’s important because it shows them other people have come through and graduated, and it helps students believe that they can finish too.
Volunteering just feels good. I can go home and thank the Lord for the day I had because I had the opportunity to help others. Without the donors and volunteers, we wouldn’t be here. They keep things going here. It’s just a godsend." -Kathy, graduate and volunteer
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thelamission Pepperdine University students and #LosAngelesMission students together for our friends and neighbors on Skid Row. #nationalvolunteerweek #lamvolunteer 3w

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thelamission #TBT - One word description for this photo: Moved!

More of the story... Everyone in the audience was moved by the incredible testimony of Johnetta (graduate of our Fresh Start program and the florist for all our events) at the first-ever Women's Conference by the #AnneDouglasCenter in January. She was selected to speak at the conference during our opening welcome and shared about how the Mission has impacted her life and career goals. Her mom was also there and honored her daughter with us.
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thelamission You see a lot from us about how every $2.03 provides a hot meal and so much more for someone in need on Skid Row. THIS is the SO MUCH MORE that your gifts provide 🏼 4w

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thelamission Michael was once a student, now a graduate and donor of the Mission: "At the Mission, everyone truly cares about you and your success before and after graduating from the program. When I came here, I had just been released after a few years in prison. I needed a shower, a meal and a place to sleep. The Mission provided all that and so much more.

With all the counseling and spiritual guidance I received, I became a more humble person. At graduation day, it was a blessing to give my testimony to hundreds of people while feeling the love from everyone in the room.

I am so thankful to the donors for what you provide to the Mission. I know the impact it has, and that’s why I am a donor to the Los Angeles Mission now too."
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