San Gabriel Region
San Gabriel Region Introduces “Eat Healthy, Be Active” Workshops
Two Catholic Charities’ Community Services Centers, San Juan Diego in El Monte and Brownson House in East Los Angeles, partnered with their local Catholic parishes and conducted a series of “Eat Healthy, Be Active” workshops for their low-income clients. The participants were encouraged to have healthy eating habits and to be physically active.
A San Juan Diego Center client said: “The nutrition classes were very interesting. I realized the importance of healthy eating, not only when it comes to food, but also in terms of drinking more water instead of soda. I also learned the need to eat a well-balanced meal and how it is important to read food labels.”
Another participant, from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Monte, shared that the program was very important for her and her family. The classes helped them make changes in their eating habits at home.
All the attendees received certificates of their successful completion of the workshops.
San Gabriel Region Launches “Feed Your Neighbor” Project
The San Gabriel Region advisory board has never backed away from a challenge. Food pantries experienced a significant setback when delayed funding led to a shortage and erratic food inventory levels in the Region. Michael Seymour, board member, reached out to local schools and churches with a simple “Feed Your Neighbor” project. He visited schools and described the plight of the Region’s food supply, requesting food drives with student incentives, such as free dress days or prizes for the class with the most items collected.
The advisory board did not stop here. While Michael met with the schools as they considered potential contributions, the board ruled to start bringing canned goods to every board gathering. By October, the second month of the project, the board had gathered over 500 pounds of food. The food was easily weighed and tracked on a scale, designed by Dennis Kailey, new board member. The ultimate goal was that “no child to go hungry in the San Gabriel Valley.”
Caption: San Gabriel Region advisory board members and San Gabriel Region staff join to launch “Feed Your Neighbor” project. Left to right are: Robert Ramirez, staff; Michael Seymour, Elena Guzman, staff; Nancy Kailey, advisory board president; John Watkins; Elizabeth Fan; and Harriet Collier.
San Gabriel Region
The San Gabriel Region of Catholic Charities serves the vulnerable residents
of the communities that extend from East Los Angeles to the Pomona Valley,
bordering the San Bernardino County line. Programs focus on providing unique solutions to meet the different needs of the poor through compassionate service.
In FY 2014-2015, the San Gabriel Region served 19,139 people with food,
clothing, transportation assistance, day care, parenting programs and family
and psychological counseling. The geographic location is in an area of extreme poverty and vulnerability, making the programs and services critical to the people it serves.
Your donations help:
– provide food, clothing, temporary shelter, transportation and utilities assistance through community centers in East Los Angeles, El Monte and Pomona;
– offer transitional housing for women and children at McGill House;
– maintain a free or low-cost after-school childcare;
– facilitate parenting classes and other life-skills training workshops; and,
– sustain the parish liason program to serve the neediest identified by the parishes.
To support our San Gabriel Region, click the Donate Now button and select San Gabriel Region in the “Designation” field of the online donation page.
Making Tracks for Neighbors in Need
When: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Where: Bishop Amat Memorial High School Track
14301 Fairgrove Ave.,
La Puenta, CA 91746
(For more information,
click on flier below.)
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Non-Perishable Baby Formula
Pull-Top Canned Goods, including
Tuna, Beans, and Soup