Bags in the Baskets is a weekly collection of staple food items for distribution at the Guadalupe Community Center.
Detention Ministry is perhaps one of the most personally rewarding ministries offered at St Mel. Our volunteers visit the incarcerated adolescent children at juvenile hall. Studies have shown that these individuals are most open to positive changes in their lives; but they do not know where to begin. Many of them come from broken or dysfunctional homes and have not had the opportunity to benefit from the wisdom and guidance of a caring and compassionate adult. Our volunteers meet with the children (mostly teenagers) on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings (optional). Visits last an hour except for Sunday when there is also an opportunity to attend Mass with the children. Visits focus on the discussion topics that are of the greatest importance to the individual youths. Unfortunately on any given day, there are more children requesting visits than there are volunteers. Contact: Frank Hules 818.222.6107Guadalupe Community Center, a part of Catholic Charities Los Angeles, is designated as St. Mel's local charity.
Hot Lunch Ministry prepares a hot lunch for 30-40 people every third Saturday of the month. For more information contact Nancy Gruenfelder via email or (818) 703-6522OASIS (Older Adult Services and Intervention System) provides service and supports to seniors in the community. For more information contact Ann McGlinn-Work via email
Respect Life Activities challenge us to care for all human life, both the unborn and the born. We encourage you to volunteer at Angels Way and the Pregnancy Counseling Center. Angels Way contact: Betty Breneman 818.346.2229. Visit the Angels Way website: Angels Way The Pregnancy Counseling Center contact: 818.895.2500
St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) members are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. For more information contact Kent Gardiner at (818) 884-2291. To visit the Los Angeles website: http://www.svdpla.org