As of the 2010 census, more than 35% of the population of Los Angeles was foreign born. This does not include the thousands of the immigrants that stream through, using Los Angeles as a point of entry before moving to another city. The native lands of Los Angeles residents represent more than 140 different countries throughout the world.
There are at least 31,000 homeless people each night in Los Angeles. About 10,000 homeless people live on “Skid Row”. This is a ten square block area at the center of downtown Los Angeles. At any given time at least half the homeless population literally sleeps on the streets. The average age of homeless person is around 9 years old. One third to one half of the homeless population is women and girls.
Los Angeles also illustrates the huge gap between rich and poor present in so many of our nation’s cities. The central city financial district (which employs over 100,000 commuting suburbanites and includes the Biltmore Hotel, one of L.A.’s most expensive) sits just two blocks away from Skid Row, where tens of thousands of people live in flophouse hotels or literally out on the street.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR TRIP
We partner with community centers, missions, and shelter all across the city of LA. We plug into some of the largest operations fighting against homelessness as well as small grass roots organizations doing their best to help their communities. We help in supporting homelessness, food insecurities, families living in poverty, and marginalized communities. The Bible commands us as followers of Christ to meet the needs of the “least among us”. At CSM you will rise to this challenge but serving all around and across LA.
Meet the Directors
Allie grew up in beautiful Southern California, where most of her family still resides. She graduated from San Francisco State University with B.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis in Urban Studies. Through BAyUP, she learned about Jesus’ passion for justice and saw ways His heart breaks over issues of economic, gender, and racial inequality. Allie also learned that partnering with Jesus to fight systemic injustice requires long–term investments in people and neighborhoods.She also loves traveling and exploring new places, going to Dodger games, reading, listening to good music (ie: Sam Cooke!!), and catching Olympic fever every 2 years. In 2019, Allie married LA Associate Director, Stephen! She is honored to be a part of God's kingdom in the City of Angeles.
Stephen was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. For the majority of his adult life, he has worked in bakery kitchens baking and cake decorating. When Stephen was 20, he began to follow Christ and quickly began serving in his church. Stephen eventually became a volunteer worship pastor for Pasadena City Church and now also oversees their youth ministry. Stephen has felt a strong call to love others and create community in whatever way possible. Stephen's interests include spending time with friends and family, hiking, cooking for people, and getting to know new people and their history. In 2019, Stephen married LA City Director, Allison. He lives in Pasadena with his 8 year old Corgi, Bosco, and new bride.