Bread & Roses Café serves hot, nutritious meals to homeless men, women and children in a welcoming, restaurant-style atmosphere that fosters dignity and respect for each individual. Since its inception in 1989, the Café has provided meals in a comfortable, welcoming environment.

Each day, up to 150 homeless individuals eat at Bread and Roses Café. In place of a soup kitchen, guests are provided with the ambience of a restaurant where volunteers act as servers while diners eat a meal set at tables complete with tablecloths and fresh flowers.

In addition, Bread and Roses Café serves as a training site for students enrolled in St. Joseph Center’s Culinary Training Program, which offers 10 weeks of training in food service skills to adults with barriers to employment.

Last year, Bread and Roses Café served over 25,000 hot, nutritious meals to approximately 1,200 men, women, and children.

The program’s goals are to both provide sustenance and to connect homeless clients with the range of resources available through St. Joseph Center’s Homeless Service Center.

Countywide Benefits Entitlement Services Team (CBEST) provides targeted advocacy to assist homeless men and women in obtaining sustainable income through such programs as SSI, SSDI, CAPI (DPSS), and the VA. These income streams are critical in helping people progress from homelessness to independent living.

Coordinated Entry System (CES) is the region-wide collaborative led by St. Joseph Center in Service Planning Area 5 (SPA 5) that coordinates outreach and housing placement efforts for homeless individuals on the Westside. In partnership with organizations such as nonprofits and government agencies, St. Joseph Center leads an effort that strategically pools resources, information and staff together to end homelessness, improve coordination among participating agencies, and increase the number of homeless people who obtain housing.

To accomplish this, CES works to identify vulnerable homeless individuals in danger of dying on the streets using a standardized tool, and then direct and prioritize housing resources to those most in need so they receive housing resources efficiently.

CES’s goal is to place chronically homeless individuals into housing and to retain their housing in the longterm.

Homeless Service Center (HSC) serves as an access point for the Coordinated Entry System and provides case management aimed at helping homeless individuals obtain permanent housing; it also offers referrals for critical services such as substance abuse treatment and offers emergency services such as shelter placement assistance and showers.

Since 1981, HSC has provided for the needs of homeless individuals and families in Venice, Santa Monica, and neighboring communities in West Los Angeles. HSC is a gateway for homeless individuals to access temporary or permanent housing, obtain identification, access medical care as well as mental health and substance abuse referrals, and qualify for government benefits. It also provides access to hot meals (at our Bread and Roses Café), showers, laundry facilities, and case management.

HSC’s goal is to connect homeless individuals to basic and emergency services, and use case management to assess their needs and coordinate their efforts to accomplishing such goals as obtaining and/or maintaining government benefits, securing permanent housing and/or obtaining employment.

Street Outreach/Housing Navigation Programs include the Vehicular Homeless Outreach Program in L.A. County Supervisorial District 2 along with Outreach teams focused on Culver City and Venice, which provide outreach and housing placement services for vehicular and street homeless individuals/families.

This program is also designed to address vehicular homelessness targeting the Rancho Dominguez area of Los Angeles County. The program engages homeless individuals living in recreational vehicles (RV) and other vehicles with the goal of enrolling them into case management services. Once a case manager is assigned, the case manager works to connect the individuals to a full continuum of services and to remove barriers that prevent them from accessing permanent housing.

Venice C3 uses an innovative “County, City, Community” partnership approach. The C3 model systematically engages people living on the streets; provides immediate access to resources such as interim housing, urgent care, primary care, mental health services and substance use disorder treatment; and helps them regain health and housing stability.

The program’s goal is to engage homeless individuals and connect them with appropriate housing resources. For more information click here.