From left are Rev. Dr. Kelvin T. Calloway, Dr. Moses McCutcheon, Rev. Ben Owens, Tim Kornegay, Rev. Dr. Derrick Harris and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. (Rickey D. Brown/L.A. Sentinel)

Youth, families and senior citizens will benefit from the $75,000 Reimagine Grant awarded to Bethel-LA Community Development Corporation by Council District 8.

CD 8 Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson attended Bethel’s worship service on January 29 and presented Pastor Kelvin T. Calloway with the check, who announced that the funds will assist the nonprofit’s many programs such as its life skills training, career guidance initiatives and gang intervention efforts.

“We commend Councilman Harris-Dawson for his visionary efforts and support of the charitable and non-profit organizations that we believe to be vital to the health, safety, and quality of life in CD 8,” said Calloway.

“The funds will assist us with the implementation of our Community Mental Health program to provide supportive services for children, families, and the unhoused as well as resources for substance and mental wellness,” added the pastor. Joining Calloway for the presentation were Dr. Moses McCutcheon, Bethel-LA CDC executive director; the Rev. Ben Owens, founder and convener of South Central Cease Fire; Tim Kornegay, SCCF member; and the Rev. Dr. Derrick Harris, Bethel-LA CDC board member.

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According to CD 8 staff, Bethel-LA CDC is among scores of charitable groups in the council district that received grants to expand activities to assist in improving the South L.A. community.

“I’m grateful to Reverend Dr. Kelvin Calloway, Bethel CDC staff, and the parishioners of Bethel AME for the invitation to worship last weekend. Bethel has a deep and unwavering commitment to the betterment of our community, demonstrated through actions and words,” said Harris-Dawson.

“Their work in the community around gang intervention, homeless services and housing, and youth counseling, has made them beyond deserving of a CD8 Reimagine Community Grant of $75,000. This last Sunday service reminds us to ‘be the one’ to be ready to serve—a guiding principle of many in our community.”

Bethel-LA CDC, a nonprofit of Bethel AME Church in Los Angeles, was founded in 2004 and addresses issues of poverty, environmental racism and training community members to advocate for things that they need in their community, financial literacy for youth. To learn more, call (323) 750-3240.