In August of 1957, at the home of Mrs. Norma Briggs, St. Matthew’s Thrift Shop was born. The original purpose was to raise money for the treasury of the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Matthew’s. The Shop was open four hours a day, five days a week.
Over the years, the Main Street area of Santa Monica has evolved from a sleepy side street into a chic avenue of first-rate restaurants and trendy shops.
Today the Thrift Shop operates under the direction of a Board of Directors. The purpose of the Board is to guide the day-to-day operation of the shop and disburse the profits. The Board consists of 12 members from St. Matthew’s parish, school and Thrift Shop community and operates under the aegis of St. Matthew’s Outreach Commission. Our approximately 50 rotating volunteers are essential to our successful operation.
St. Joseph Center’s mission is to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.
Recognizing the dignity that every person possesses is the cornerstone of St. Joseph Center’s approach. We work to advance social and economic equity through both the services we offer as well as our hiring practices. We are an inclusive, diverse force for change.
Staff and volunteers make every effort to provide a welcoming, safe place where all people are treated with compassion and respect.
LFP provides education services and legal services for families who live and work in the Central City area of Los Angeles, there are no geographic restrictions.