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.

Our Heritage

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.

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

Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America’s largest charities. Charity Navigator awarded St. Joseph Center four out of a possible four stars. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that St. Joseph Center adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Please click on the logo 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.