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Eula’s House Ministers with ‘Helping Hand, Not Hand-out’
By Cora Jackson-Fossett (Religion Editor)
Published February 6, 2014

John “Poppa John” Grigsby

For the homeless, transitional, drug dependent and Veterans, the road to recovery begins at Eula’s House.

According to CEO/Founder, John Grigsby, the non-profit’s mission is to give ‘a helping hand, not a hand-out.’

“We provide clean and safe, drug-free housing, healthy meals, and referral to social services that can assist in other basic needs like medical care, counseling and so forth,” explained Grigsby, who started Eula’s House in 2006.

“My ministry is a ministry of service not a religious ministry, although my mission and work is all God-driven.  I know that in doing this work that I am following my purpose, directed by God.  That’s the kind of ministry I am a part of and that I am promoting,” he said.

Eula’s House strives to emulate a home environment by offering areas for eating, sleeping, socializing, showering and laundry cleaning in each of its three facilities.  In addition, the organization educates clients about responsible behavior, developing relationships, and conflict resolution.

Last year, Eula’s House was instrumental in providing clients’ shelter and food through the Winter Shelter Program at Bethel A.M.E. Church.  Because of Grigsby’s real estate influence, Eula’s House was able to establish the highest percentage of placement of permanent housing in Spar 6.

“We empower residents by providing the necessary tools to encourage growth, build self-esteem, and inspire self-sufficiency to best ensure long-term success,” noted Grigsby.

“As an individual, who has gone through addiction and recovery, I understand what the people I serve are going through.  I experienced it personally and so, I can relate and assist in a way that gets to the core of their problems and concerns as they fight to get back to a life free of addiction.”

Grigsby, who retired in 2013 as a crane operator after 32 years, primarily financed Eula’s House out of his own pocket.  His income was considerably reduced with retirement.  As a result, he is holding the first ever fundraiser, ‘Celebrating Life While Living,’ to help support the ministry.

The event is set for Saturday, February 22, from 6 p.m. to midnight, at the Consolidated Realty Board, 3725 Don Felipe Drive in Los Angeles.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

“We are proud and honored to announce that our own Mr. Roland Bynum, ‘The Goodbynum,’ host of The Old School Block Party on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH will be our host and emcee for the evening,” he added. 

Involved in outreach ministry for 25 years, Grigsby attends Faithful Central Bible Church led by Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer. He said, “My favorite Scripture and the one that I live by is 2 Chronicles 7:14, ‘If My people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.’” 

As for the future, Grigsby remarked, “I would like to establish more houses so that I am able to help more people — men and women who are struggling with addictions and the barriers it presents to their desire and opportunity to reenter society as productive citizens.” 

For information on Eula’s House or to obtain tickets for the f‘Celebrating Life While Living’ fundraiser, call (323) 291-8990.




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