Woman-of-the-Year-2014-3The Los Angeles County Commission for Women named St. Joseph Center Executive Director Va Lecia Adams Kellum as one of its 2014 Women of the Year during a ceremony on Monday in downtown Los Angeles.

The Venice-based outreach center, founded in 1976 at a Rose Avenue storefront by two Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, provides job training, counseling and housing placement for the temporarily and chronically homeless and also operates the Bread and Roses Café, a restaurant-style soup kitchen.

Flora Gil Krisiloff (also pictured), a senior field deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, presented the award to Adams Kellum.

“Without her incredible, compassionate leadership we would not be as far as we are in solving homelessness,” Gil Krisiloff said.