The director of President Bush’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Jim Towey came to the St. Joseph Center in Venice to serve hot meals to 100 homeless men, women and children at the center Bread & Cafe Friday, June 18th.

Representatives of the Faith-Based center in Washington, D.C. visited St. Joseph Center last November and called the Venice center “a model of innovative and comprehensive human services provided by faith-based social agencies in Los Angeles County,” according to Rhonda Meister, St. Joseph Center executive director.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before and it’s great,” Towey said during his visit to the St. Joseph Center.

Towey brought his nine-year-old son Joe to help serve meals.

“The sense of community at the Cafe and the gratitude of the clients is tremendous,” Towey added.

“What an honor it is to be recognized for our years of work on behalf of working poor families and homeless persons,” Meister said.

“Our programs will certainly benefit from the support of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives,” she added.

St. Joseph Center provides emergency services, childcare, case management, employment training and senior services to more than 8,000 annually.

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