The L.A. Poverty Department – Three Decades of Creative Outreach

Los Angeles Poverty Department pic

Los Angeles Poverty Department
Image: lapovertydept.org

At Priority Mortgage Group in San Dimas, California, president David Gomez and his team work to offer mortgage lending services and efficient loan processing to their clients. The firm, doing business as Priority Financial Group, additionally aims to provide customer education about the mortgage industry. David Gomez and Priority Mortgage Group have earned honors from other leaders in their industry for their top-level satisfaction ratings from customers.

The firm maintains connections to its Southern California community through support of local causes such as the Los Angeles Poverty Department. That organization works to offer innovative, creative outlets for people experiencing homelessness.

The Los Angeles Poverty Department began in 1985, with the commitment of John Malpede, a director and social activist, to establish a program to give homeless men and women the opportunity to participate in theater and the other performing arts. The group was indeed the L.A. area’s first-ever arts program specifically designed to serve homeless individuals. It has kept its focus on affirming the creative potential of all people, and on harnessing the power of creativity and dreams to effect positive life changes.

Since its founding, the Poverty Department has inspired arts programs in other Southern California social service organizations. Among its ongoing projects is the Skid Row History Museum & Archive, which offers exhibits and programs on the history of local grassroots social activism, as well as events designed to foster an inclusive atmosphere of civic engagement.

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