St. Joseph Center in Venice received a commendation plaque Thursday, May 20th, from the Los Angeles County Community Action Board for assisting homeless and low-income seniors.

The plaque, presented recently at Civic Center Mall in downtown Los Angeles, reads in part:

“With sincere congratulations and best wishes, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors does highly commend St. Joseph Center for its commitment to improve our community.”

The center received the award for the Third Supervisorial District at the Community Action Board’s 40th Anniversary Celebration of the War on Poverty.

“We also received a grant from the county for $17,000, which enables us to provide case management, grocery delivery, advocacy, home visits, and health referrals to 17 homeless and low-income Santa Monica seniors in crisis,” says Luanne Tessier, St. Joseph Center’s senior services coordinator.

The award recognizes agencies that “stand out as a source of inspiration and have demonstrated a unique and remarkable commitment to improving the lives of low-income persons,” says a center spokesman.

“This grant enables us to help homeless older adults to transition to permanent housing options and helps frail homebound seniors to maintain their independence,” says Gina Honore, St. Joseph senior services case manager.

St. Joseph Center assists over 8,000 working poor and homeless adults and children, veterans, and seniors each year to achieve self-sufficiency through food distributions, child care, mentoring and job training.

St. Joseph Center is at 204 Hampton Drive in Venice. Information, (310) 396-6468, or