Serving Our Community

Karaoke Coffee Club

The Karaoke Coffee Club is our longest running (since 1996) and most attended weekly program. Every Wednesday night, the doors of Central City open and the members of the Skid Row community participate in an evening of Karaoke, coffee, and snacks.

Our reasons for the Karaoke Coffee Club are not (merely) about the excellent performances, however. Rather, the Karaoke Coffee Club is a unique space within which our community cultivates laughter and safe spaces where radical friendships are formed among people whom may never otherwise have become friends. As such, our work in the Karaoke Coffee Club is about building community that moves towards reconciliation in our community.

Weekly the Karaoke Coffee Club works to builds friendships within our neighborhood; often, it also works to build friendships between neighborhoods, as we have welcomed many groups from outside of Skid Row to join us, sing, and make friends with members of our community.

All are welcome to join us any Wednesday evening from 7-10pm. And we are always looking for groups to prepare a meal for Karaoke!

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Social Enterprise

The Social Enterprise program is the newest program at CCCO that has exciting possibilities on the horizon. From our perspective, among the many barriers to transitioning out of homelessness is the persistent need to find gainful and sustainable employment. However, living in homelessness makes it very difficult to cultivate the skills and experience necessary to get back into the job markets. By forming our Social Enterprise programming, we create opportunities for homeless individuals to develop the skills and experience needed to support sustainable transformation through the practices of community-based economic development.

Our current project is in development through a partnership with Rose City Coffee in Pasadena, a not-for-profit organization that has helped at-risk and homeless youth gain skills and experience through an intensive program of training and mentorship. Our partnership with Rose City will consist of the exchange of training and personnel resources, equipment, and supplies to support our launch, while drawing on mentors and community members from our own community to work within the program itself.

Our hope is that cultivating a community-based, socially concerned coffee company will be one way to help to ease the pressures of gentrification in our community, by providing local organizations and businesses (e.g., members of the growing Arts District) an opportunity to support a more participatory local development that incorporates the people of Skid Row as an integral part of the community through a socially conscious and community-based coffee company.

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Parish Chaplaincy

The Parish Chaplaincy program constitutes the heart of our work on Skid Row. Drawing on a “parish” model for ministry, we have designed our work to focus on the particular geographical space of our neighborhood. In short, we seek to simply be present in our neighborhood by “seeking the peace” of the city through collaborative partnerships and radical friendships.

Specifically, beyond maintaining a presence in the community, the Parish Chaplaincy program functions in two critical capacities:

  1. To provide a “secondary level of supportive care” for individuals and families that are seeking to transition out of homelessness. We work closely with program participants, case managers, social and mental health workers from local organizations to help sustain a holistic and long-term plan for housing sustainability, as well as identify individuals and families within our community as candidates for entering the continuum of care (CoC).
  2. To collaborate with the grassroots reconciliation efforts of individuals and communities in our neighborhood towards a more just and peaceful community.

Mental Health Group Therapy

Working with our partners in the Skid Row community has confirmed our concerns that there continues to be a persistent and growing need for more resources addressing the mental health needs of the Skid Row community. The Mental Health Group Therapy project is a joint effort with the Los Angeles Christian Counseling Center (also located in Skid Row) to offer direct mental health services in the form of group therapy in our building.

Meeting periodically throughout the year, leaders and therapists organize topical groups around issues pertinent to our community (trauma, violence, domestic abuse, etc.) and provide resources, support, and an active referral process to higher levels of mental health care.

Want to help?

Central City Community Outreach walks alongside individuals and families in the Skid Row community, together breaking the cycle of poverty by working towards reconciliation, justice, and renewal. You can help! Please consider volunteering with our organization or making a financial donation. Every little bit helps.

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