In the spring of 1989, five of downtown Los Angeles' faith-based organizations and congregations-Servants Among the Poor, Union Rescue Mission, Church on Brady, Church of the Nazarene and Here's Life Inner City-came together to form a new, nondenominational, community-based church.
As the church's ministries and volunteer programs grew, Central City Community Outreach was established in 1991 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to serve those living on the streets or in transitional housing in Los Angeles. In partnership with the Central City Community Church of the Nazarene, the work began as an outreach to homeless adults and later evolved into an after-school program for homeless and at-risk children.
Initially staffed by volunteers, Central City Community Outreach has grown to a paid staff of six and many volunteers who serve nearly 90 children through its daily after-school program. Special outreach events and summer programs serve another 650 children and youth, as well as 500 parents.
As an organization rooted in Christian values and fellowship, Central City Community Outreach’s projects are open to the entire community, regardless of race or religious background.