All Peoples Christian Center
(Los Angeles)

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: Saundra Bryant, Executive Director
         822 East 20th Street
         Los Angeles, CA 90011  
Phone: 213.747.6357  
Fax:  213.747.0541 
Web site:  

All Peoples Christian Center  provides a broad spectrum of social services to all, regardless of faith or race, and to empower the community to meet its needs by promoting equality, unity, respect, and self-determination among all who participate in these programs.

Project/Focus: A balance is sought between relationship building and more physical work, such as painting the interior and exterior of the building, maintenance / construction-type work on neighborhood houses, and food program distribution. Groups also work with children and youth within the existing programs of daycare/preschool and after-school programs.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Impact Discussion allows staff to speak to group about different programs at the center. Reality Tour introduces group members to the neighborhood and “Face to Face Sharing” includes individuals sharing from their experience about realities of the context. Topics may include immigration or "growing up in the inner city.” Ideally, “Face to Face Sharing” is arranged for an hour each day. 

Accommodations:  All Peoples, when available, sometimes houses groups. All Peoples has a stocked kitchen facility and a gym and can arrange a sleeping area (not including sleeping bags), but only two (2) showers. Group will provide food and cook their meals.

Cost: $150 registration fee (non-refundable) and $10.00 per person daily fee.

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Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) (Hollywood/Los Angeles)

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: DOOR Program National Office
   See listing for DOOR programs in entry under national office in Denver, Colorado.
Phone: 303.295.3667
Fax: 866.559.3248
Web site:

DOOR is an urban learning and service program.

Groups experience the city and learn about it through volunteering at a variety of community agencies already present in the community, including soup kitchens and homeless shelters.  Groups stay at facilities in the city, hear a local perspective on the city, use public transportation when available, interact with people of the city and reflect on their experiences.  


DOOR locations nationwideCalifornia (Hollywood/Los Angeles); Colorado (Denver)Georgia (Atlanta), Illinois (Chicago), Florida (Miami) and Texas (San Antonio).

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Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM, Inc.)


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: Zachary Darrah, Executive Director
   1940 N. Fresno Street
   Fresno, CA  93703
Phone:  559.487.1509
Fax:  559.487.1550
Web Site:

FIRM shares Christ's love to build communities of hope with new Americans.

Project/Focus:  Work with children from low-income neighborhoods and refugee families during FIRM’s intensive “Summer Youth Project” (June-July-August). Help with light maintenance tasks around FIRM’s office property. Assist with sorting and picking up donations, as needed. FIRM is also looking for teams to come and do some more intensive projects to help their 50+ year old facility be brought up-to-date.   Special events are held year round.  Also learn about the City of Fresno and the many needs of a city dealing with poverty, crime, gang violence and an extreme drought.  Teams can also work with staff to develop projects that suit their needs and/or mission.

Educational/Advocacy Component:  Group cultural orientation, multicultural staff and language support are part of the experiences at FIRM. FIRM staff helps groups engage with other cultures and address complex issues of poverty, housing and community health. FIRM also provides the opportunities to link with youth from refugee backgrounds – including Hmong, Lao, Cambodian, and Ukrainian.

Time:  Year-round, especially during summer and spring break.

Group Size:  Up to 25

Minimum Age:  13 years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations:  FIRM staff can provide suggestions for lodging with local churches and inexpensive dining at local ethnic restaurants.  We also promise to provide a pool for your group to relax and swim at (it gets over 100 degrees here in the summer) and introduce out-of-state groups to fine California dining such as In ’N Out Burger.  We will also end the trip with a Pho restaurant experience which is a popular noodle soup eaten throughout SE Asia.

Cost:  $15.00 per person per day to cover the cost of FIRM staff preparing activities for your group.

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Interfaith Community Services (Escondido)

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: Chelsea Buck
   550 West Washington Avenue, Ste. B
   Escondido, CA 92025 

Phone: 760.489.6380 ext. 218
Fax: 760.740.0837
Web site: 

Project/Focus: Food bank organization, pantry cleaning, weeding and planting garden boxes at housing facility, and yard work.  Availability of projects subject to change.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Exposure to how Interfaith offers a full continuum of care for the displaced and under served. 

Time: Yearlong. Contact organization three to six months before trip.

Group Size: 10–15 persons

Minimum Age: 15 years

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5

Accommodations: Volunteers arrange their own accommodations and transportation.

Cost: Please call for cost.

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Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115