St. Athanasius Episcopal Church
at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul
840 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 482-2040

Community

Laundry Love

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Laundry Love. Free Laundry every 3rd Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 PM at Aroma Laundry.

Laundry Love is a national movement that began with a homeless gentleman in Ventura, CA named Eric, lovingly known as T-Bone. One day someone who wanted to help the homeless community asked him, "How can we come alongside your life in a way that would matter?" His response was honest and practical: "If I had clean clothes, I think people would treat me like a human being." This simple conversation 12 plus years ago has grown into what is now a national non-profit organization called Laundry Love. The program also serves those who live in shelters, motels, cars, garages, and on the street.

St. Athanasius opened a chapter of Laundry Love in April 2016 at Aroma Laundry, 1448 N Alvarado St., owned and operated by James Barnes. Dolores DeAngelis works as coordinator of volunteers and fundraising. Volunteers and funds come from St. Athanasius, the Echo Park United Methodist Church, Parkview Living, and the Greater Echo Park Community.  Each chapter operates on its own schedule. Our ministry serves the community of Echo Park and beyond on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Volunteers arrive by 5:30 and are usually finished by 9:00pm. Guests can start their washing between 6:00 and 8:00 pm.

If you would like to help LL with your donations and time. Please contact Dolores DeAngelis 434-989-5300.

Thanksgiving Meal

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Each year for the past quarter century St. A has served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to 1000 and 2000 people in the community of Echo Park on Thanksgiving Day. This effort is coordinated by our Food Bank, and gathers dozens of volunteers to prepare and serve the food, as well as to clean up and distribute leftovers. All are welcome to volunteer and/or simply come and enjoy the meal and sharing around the tables.

Social Justice

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We consider social justice as a core piece of the Gospel. Therefore, we participate with many interfaith groups to struggle for a society characterized by justice and peace.

Interfaith Relationships

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The Episcopal Church values relationships with both leaders and members of other faith traditions. The Diocese of Los Angeles has a Program Group for Ecumenical and Interreligious Life. Father Frank is a member of that group. Especially at a time when people of other faiths are not always welcomed in our country, it is important for the church to actively reach out to support and embrace people. Oftentimes interfaith relationships are built through shared prophetic action. We work with CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) and others on a variety of justice campaigns around immigration, labor, housing and LGBTQ issues. At St. A we take this very seriously and invite people to participate.

Transforming Hunger

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Our Wednesday “Feed the Hungry” takes place at 12:00 pm in the garden next to the Cathedral Center at 840 Echo Park Avenue in Echo Park.  All are welcome to eat and help prepare food, serve, and take items back inside at around 1:30. We also serve elsewhere in the community and are open to new projects.  Call Sally David-- come eat and help.  818-626-0952.

Transforming Hunger provides food and necessities such as toiletries and clothing, helping to satisfy physical, emotional, and spiritual hunger in the Echo Park community. We’re learning to love: working with low-income, food-insecure, marginalized individuals transforms our volunteers as well as the people we serve. Food and clothing distribution is a cooperative venture with Central City Action Committee as well as local parents and community groups such as SELAH and PASSION. Our Wednesday FEED THE HUNGRY (free lunch!) is supported by donations from L.A. Kitchen, Support Solutions, Aroma Laundromat, Sage Restaurant, 7/11®, Masa, Mohawk Bend, JennieCooks.com, Celaya Bakery, and more.

Visit Transforming Hunger on Facebook.

Food Bank

Each Friday a team of volunteers distributes food to more than 300 families. The food comes from various institutions in Los Angeles that collect food to distribute to places like our Food Bank. These include the LA Regional Food Bank, Food Forward, LA Kitchen and others. The coordinator of the Food Bank is Francisco Torrero.

Sacred Resistance

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One of the core promises of our baptismal covenant is to "persevere" in resisting evil. We understand that as a call to stand in resistance to the systemic evils that oppress or marginalize any member of our human family. Resolution to become a Sanctuary Diocese was passed at the Diocesan Convention in December, 2016. In 2017 the people of St. A decided to offer St. A as a Sanctuary Parish working as a matter of faith to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people. We are working with IRIS (Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service) to establish the

Immigrant Resource Center
The first point of contact in times of crisis and vulnerability for many immigrants and their families, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles (EDLA) has experienced first-hand, the barriers the immigrant community faces whilst in need of quality and low cost legal assistance.  Three major factors prevent immigrant families from getting appropriate legal representation; fear, lack of knowledge of the need for and the available resources (including pro bono/low cost legal representation) and the increase of fraud. In partnership with IRIS (Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service), St. Athanasius plans a holistic approach to providing services through the new Immigrant Resource Center.  All services will provided in a confidential and culturally sensitive environment in a space near St. Athanasius Episcopal Church. Often, clergy spend time contacting dozens of nonprofit organizations or bar associations trying to locate pro bono/low bono services to assist the individual in need. The Immigrant Resource Center hopes to serve as the one call clergy and faith leaders will need to make in search of legal and social service assistance. Through IRIS’ network of legal agency partnerships, we will develop a referral system and a database to streamline the referral process based on client’s location, type of legal service required, and immediacy of the request. Through the Episcopal Church’s connections with social service agencies, we plan to assist immigrants with temporary shelter,
food, psychological intervention,   companions to court, childcare during court appearances and meetings with lawyers, and support for local schools and schoolchildren impacted by deportation with food, counseling, transportation and legal assistance.