By Winston Chua
SAN GABRIEL – A houseis often made up of the people who live in it, often made up of family members.Well if that is the case, La Casa de San Gabriel is a big (grande) house, ledby a family that has helped thousands of people.
La Casa de San Gabriel began in 1946 as themanifestation of the Regional Presbyterian Church’s vision to help immigrantsand poor people. They are started off in many ways to become the West Coastversion of Jane Addams’s project in Chicago that began more than 100 years ago.Both organizations vowed to help people in whatever way necessary through theavenues of education and health services. TodayLa Casa is continuing that mission.
Cheryl Prentice, executive director of La Casa, toldthe Tribune that the organization is multidimensional in scope. East West Bankteaches underprivileged people the basic skills of banking. La Casa is alsohome to groups that help people fight off substance abuse, as well as promotehigher standards of literacy.
Food and clothing distribution to San Gabrielresident and are also a priority to San Gabriel residents as well as to theTongva who make their home in San Gabriel. The Tongva occupied regions of LosAngeles before Europeans, centuries ago.
The Curves gym of San Marino has been generous to LaCasa, according to Prentice, especially in food giving during a time when manypeople have lost valuable work hours, homes or jobs.
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