Bryant Temple AME Community Development Corporation (CDC) will host a Mother’s Day tribute on Saturday, May 8, for the women currently living in its shelter.
According to Pastor Dwaine A. Jackson, “The event is the second opportunity for shelter residents to enjoy good food and fellowship in a safe, secure setting. The previous event took place last October in a supportive atmosphere that offered the women a sense that the community backed their efforts to rebuild their lives.”
Since Fall 2019, the CDC has operated the women’s shelter at its West Vernon Avenue location. With COVID restrictions in place, the women are able to stay in the shelter all day rather than leave the facility at 7 a.m., and return for the evening at 4 p.m., which had been the previous policy.
The church’s Community Development Corporation provides case management services, general hygiene supplies and three meals per day to the residents. The program also accepts clothing donations for the women. To date, two women have moved on to permanent housing, and others to transitional housing. LAHSA, the Los Angeles Housing Services Authority, is the funding agency.
Both the previous Christmas celebration and the Mother’s Day event were made possible by a generous benefactor, Tracy McConnico, who approached Jackson with the idea of offering the shelter occupants “a feel-good experience.”
“A tent, erected in the church parking lot, will be beautifully decorated and feature tables and chairs so that the attendees are comfortable,” said Jackson, who added that lunch and dinner will be served, games will be played and a basket filled with pajamas, slippers, and supplies will be given to each celebrant.
McConnico donated the tent and decorations, and local benefactors contributed the gift items. “The women are excited and grateful. We are very thankful to have caring people in the community like Ms. McConnico who support our efforts,” added Jackson.
To donate to the Bryant Temple CDC Women’s Shelter, call the office at (323) 293-6201.