Proyecto Pastoral was founded in 1986 by community residents in partnership with the California Province of Jesuits. Responding to critical needs in the community, the ‘founding women’ organized and created many of the initiatives we carry forth today. These include our IMPACTO youth programs, a childcare co-op that is now our Early Learning Centers, our leadership development and community organizing work, Comunidad en Movimiento/Community in Action, and the Guadalupe Homeless Project.
Together our founders built a vision for a better community, and worked together to support educational opportunities, economic opportunities and safety and well-being. As we reflect on 30 years of ‘working with our hearts for social change’, we carry forward this continued vision for a more just, empowered, healthy and safe community in which children and families can thrive.
Developing and supporting leaders within the community, and continuing to partner with the community in carrying forth their vision will guide our mission in the years to come.
The five branches of the Proyecto Pastoral family.
30 Years of Community Building in Boyle Heights
Proyecto Pastoral is an organization whose mission is to empower the community of Boyle Heights through grassroots projects in education, leadership, and service.
"I AM PART OF CEM for a better community, for my children and future grandchildren. It’s my major source of motivation.”
- Kenia Saucedo,
CEM Community Leader
News and Events
Guadalupe Homeless Project Celebrates 5 years of Women's Shelter
Learn what is happening at Proyecto Pastoral
We are so proud to celebrate the Guadalupe Homeless Project's 5th anniversary of the opening of its women’s shelter this month, and the 31st anniversary of its men’s shelter. The women’s shelter opened in 2014 to serve the highly vulnerable homeless population of elderly women over the age of 55, and is the only shelter of its kind in Los Angeles.
*Check out the recent news coverage of the shelters in the links below!
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