Our Mission & Philosophy
Founded in small storefront on Rose Avenue in 1976, St. Joseph Center has been a beacon of hope in the community for four decades. Our mission is to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.
Respect for the dignity of each person is the cornerstone of St. Joseph Center’s approach. Staff and volunteers make every effort to provide a welcoming, safe place where all people are treated with compassion and dignity. The words we use to embody our philosophy and approach are: Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Social Justice, and Empowerment.
St. Joseph Center was founded in 1976 by two Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. From the beginning, the Center has served those in need without distinction and without precondition. Though we became a separately incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1987, we retain an affiliation with the Sisters as a sponsored institution. Learn more about the Sisters and their work here.
From our roots in that Rose Avenue storefront in Venice, we have grown into a multifaceted social service organization offering Outreach & Engagement, Housing, Mental Health, and Education & Vocational programs at multiple sites on the Westside and in South Los Angeles. Today we serve more than 7,000 men, women, and children annually.