As the entertainment capital of America, Los Angeles has a lot to offer. From movie studios to celebrities, and world-class museums to Beverly Hills, Los Angeles is California’s largest and liveliest city.
While there are roughly 10 million people living in Los Angeles County alone, more than 55,000 of these residents are experiencing homelessness, making L.A. the city with the second-largest unhoused population in all of America.
But our Los Angeles Ministry Center is helping to change that.
The Send Relief team is partnering with established, well-respected churches in four corners of the city to engage in established and successful outreach efforts. Before the pandemic, one in five residents was already facing imminent poverty, so many of the programs focus on poverty alleviation and include preventative efforts surrounding human trafficking and homelessness.
What We Do
The Los Angeles Ministry Center is committed to strengthening the surrounding communities by caring for the large refugee population, protecting children and families and fighting human trafficking and homelessness.
By partnering with various churches, the Los Angeles United School District and local organizations, the ministry center:
Hosts food distributions
Raises awareness about the epidemic of trafficking
Provides temporary housing for trafficked survivors
Mobilizes churches to compassion work
Helps refugees acclimate to their new home
Approaching 20 years of full-time ministry, Darryl Speers is a valued Send Relief missionary to the lost and hurting people of Los Angeles. Speers is leading the establishment of Send Relief’s very first ministry center in the Boil Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, which will be equipped with a commercial kitchen, showers and sleeping quarters for missionaries and those in desperate need of emergency shelter. Along with his wife, Tracy, and two children, Speers is operating a food pantry and rehabilitation program that ministers to teenagers emerging from human trafficking backgrounds. Speers’ long-term goal is to mobilize churches to engage their communities effectively.