Letter from Executive Director Jose Ramirez

Jose LA food bank award
Jose LA food bank award

Jose Ramirez received the LA Regional Food Bank’s “Tony Collier Award” in May for his leadership and commitment in the fight against hunger.

Our community needs us now more than ever…

SFC is located in service planning area (SPA) 4, which has the highest concentration of homeless individuals in the county according to LAHSA. Homelessness is on the rise again according to LAHSA’s new report, which shows a 23% increase over last year. We are also seeing an increased demand for our services coming from council district 9 (bordering St. Francis Center). In addition to a lack of homeless services providers in this area, there are also limited shower facilities available for the homeless. In fact, SFC provides the only shower facility south of the 10 freeway for about a five mile stretch.

For the fourth consecutive year, SFC served over 100,000 meals to homeless guests (almost double what we were serving just five years ago). Last year, families made 16,064 visits to SFC’s pantry, including 2,100 visits to our new satellite pantries. SFC has 75 percent more pantry families registered than four years ago. Last year, we provided 1,500 guests with showers, but we estimate serving 3,500 with expanded hours of operation. SFC increased the shower program to five days/week thanks to a partnership with Lava Mae, through an onsite mobile shower two days/week. Also, 415 youth attended summer camp­-100 more than last summer. Last year, 3,076 volunteers served 21,496 hours (equivalent to 10.5 full-time employees).

At this stage, our organization is well positioned to impart a greater impact on guests and enhance program offerings to provide long­term health and stability. Our strategic goals in fiscal year 2016/2017 are:

  • Provide case management
  • Utilize Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Homeless Management Information System for hygiene program guests in case management
  • Implement a planned giving program •Implement a satellite pantry in Compton
  • Develop a succession plan for management staff
  • Continue with the exploratory phase of capital campaign discussions.

Will you join me in serving hope to our guests who need it most? Find out how you can help by visiting http://sfcla.org/support/

In Peace,