(l to r) Proyecto Pastoral Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Sanchez and Guadalupe Homeless Project Director Raquel Roman in the new women’s shelter in Boyle Heights.
Proyecto Pastoral’s Guadalupe Homeless Project Opens New Women’s Shelter in Boyle Heights

A new 15-bed women’s shelter through Proyecto Pastoral’s Guadalupe Homeless Project (GHP) opened on December 3 as a pilot program in partnership with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, and the County Department of Mental Health (DMH). The facility includes a sleeping area, a shower room, a restroom, and a changing room with lockers. All of the shelter’s beds were donated by Curaçao Department Stores.

Women who are the most vulnerable, elderly, and ill will be sheltered in this 14-hour daily shelter. Homeless women who seek safety around La Placita Church and also in the Boyle Heights area around Dolores Mission Church will be the first residents, as well as women referred by LAHSA. With extensive experience managing a men’s shelter, Proyecto was sought out to initiate a safe and secure women’s shelter. Proyecto and its partners are dedicated to finding an effective means of reducing the homeless population through the provision of comprehensive services prepared to help them transition into permanent supportive housing.

GHP will continue to provide case management and other services as it has to homeless men in the community for the last 26 years. For those who may be able to work, program staff are also prepared to assist clients with job training and job referrals.

The new shelter was dedicated in a ceremony on December 12 with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero, Proyecto Pastoral’s Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Sanchez, Guadalupe Homeless Project Director Raquel Roman, Councilmember Jose Huizar, First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Wakeland (Eric Garcetti’s wife), and Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina present.

(l to r) Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero, Proyecto Pastoral’s Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Sanchez, Guadalupe Homeless Project Director Raquel Roman, Councilmember Jose Huizar, First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Wakeland (Eric Garcetti’s wife), and Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina at the dedication of the new women’s shelter.

Proyecto Pastoral established GHP on December 12, 1988 – the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of The Americas. GHP provides temporary shelter, meals, and transitional support to the homeless men and women who enter our doors and serves more than 400 individuals year-round. Services range from workshops that foster positive interactions with community residents, training and support that focus on personal development (i.e. budgeting, job skill development, etc.), group counseling sessions, free health check-ups provided by Queens Care Clinic, substance abuse support, leadership development, group therapy, and information on labor rights. Most importantly, each shelter resident is provided with one-on-one case management to address specific needs and support their successful transition into independent housing.

Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission was founded in 1986 in Los Angeles by community residents and the California Province of the Society of Jesuits. It has grown into a highly effective community-building organization. Proyecto Pastoral is committed to involving local community members in the planning, design and implementation of its programs. Fifty-one percent of the Proyecto Pastoral board of directors is comprised by local community residents responding to community identified needs enabling Proyecto Pastoral to make a significant impact in the lives of local families. Anticipating the needs of the community enables Proyecto Pastoral in being an ever evolving organization that whose success lies not only in being dynamic but understanding the real issues. Proyecto Pastoral serves over 4,000 children, youth and families annually through its five programs.

For more information about the shelter and to make inquiries about availability for occupancy, please contact Director Raquel Roman at (323) 881-0032, or via email at

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