Our Mission & Philosophy

St. Joseph Center’s 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.

Recognizing the dignity that every person possesses is the cornerstone of St. Joseph Center’s approach. We work to advance social and economic equity through both the services we offer as well as our hiring practices. We are an inclusive, diverse force for change.

Staff and volunteers make every effort to provide a welcoming, safe place where all people are treated with compassion and respect.

Our Heritage

St. Joseph Center was founded by two Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in a small storefront on Rose Avenue in 1976. 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 across Los Angeles County. Today we reach more than 10,000 men, women, and children annually. Learn more about our history here.

Supporters and Partners

We deeply value all of the public and private supporters that make work possible. Learn more about our partners here.

St. Joseph Center’s 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator LogoCharity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator, and they have awarded St. Joseph Center four out of a possible four stars, indicating that the agency adheres to good governance and other best practices. Please click on the logo below to review our four-star rating.


Financial Statements & Tax Returns

St. Joseph Center is committed to openness and transparency. Below you will find links to download our recent Audited Financial Statements and IRS Form 990 tax returns.

Please use these links to view our recent audited financial statements. Please note the IRS form 990 becomes available sometime after the audit is completed. Both documents are always posted as soon as possible.