BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — An area lady who wanted a housing shelter requested why there have been so many shelters for males, however only some for women.

So a corporation in Boyle Heights determined to do one thing about it.

What was once a faculty is now a women’s shelter within the coronary heart of Boyle Heights.

The Guadalupe Homeless mission is a part of Proyecto Pastoral’s efforts to deal with these and not using a place to go.

This shelter is exclusive as a result of it solely has 15 beds – and it is solely for women who’re over 55 years outdated.

Raquel Roman with the Guadalupe Homeless Mission stated, “The women of their late 50s and early 60s – they’re nonetheless in a position to work.

And for these women, we encourage them to take English lessons and laptop lessons simply to construct up their talent set, after which, go look for work.”

Constance Whitfield is among the 15 residents who reside right here.

After dwelling on the streets, she’s grateful for the protected area the shelter gives.

“It offers you extra stability. As a result of on the streets it is arduous to discover a place to make use of the restroom, and do all of the issues you have to do.

And there is extra safety right here. Simply on a regular basis stuff,” Whitfield stated.

The individuals who run the Guadalupe Homeless Mission say a lot of the women right here fell on arduous instances as a result of they have been priced out of their houses within the neighborhood.

“There are women on the shelter who had work, housing however due to the hire will increase, landlords are demolishing and constructing one thing fancier,” Roman stated.

“We have now women with us which have been pushed out, and onto the streets.”

The concept to open this shelter got here from a homeless lady who requested why there wasn’t a shelter for somebody like her.

And after some planning and fundraising, it went from concept to actuality.

Sadly, the girl who impressed this women-only shelter died earlier than it opened.

Valeria Aviles is a former resident who now works on the shelter.

She says it was essential for her to remain and help the women who come via the door, as a result of she is aware of first-hand what they are going via.

Together with two meals a day, the women get help and steerage to help them discover steady employment and a everlasting place to reside.

To maintain their doorways open, the Guadalupe Homeless Mission and Proyecto Pastoral – the nonprofit that runs the shelter – counts on public grant cash and personal monetary help.

Sophia Sleap is with Proyecto Pastoral and says they’re happy with the welcoming surroundings and success they’ve had transitioning women into everlasting houses.

She stated, “We additionally depend on help from people to maintain our doorways open. So we welcome any donations!”

The shelter has plans to develop as a result of the necessity for a spot like that is rising.

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