January 21, 2021  |  By:   |  Uncategorized  |  

Inspiring speakers will join Archbishop José H. Gomez at the seventh annual OneLife LA, on Saturday, January 23 at 12:00 p.m. PST to celebrate the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death. This year, due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the celebration will be virtual and livestreamed onOneLifeLA.org and facebook.com/lacatholics so families can join the celebration safely from their homes.

During the virtual celebration this Saturday,Harvest Home will receive the second OneLife LA Service Award of $10,000 which will support its mission of transforming the lives of homeless pregnant women and their children by providing housing, support, and programs that equip women to become great mothers. During the virtual event, OneLife LA participants will be able to contribute additional funds for Harvest Home. 

“We are pleased to announce Harvest Home as our OneLife LA 2021 grant recipient!” said Kathleen Domingo, senior director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace. “Harvest Home is an LA-based nonprofit offering housing, support and programs for homeless pregnant women and their children. They fill a significant need in our County for our most vulnerable residents, all with loving care and empowering services. We are proud to partner with Harvest Home as they expand their capacity to bring their life-saving gifts to a broader community.”

Last year’s OneLife LA Service Award recipient,SOFESA, has been helping the homeless and low-income children and their families for more than 20 years. SOFESA’s founder and executive director, Jess Echeverry overcame a young life of abuse, homelessness, and suicide attempts before finding the Catholic faith. To hear more about the inspiring witness and work of Ms. Echeverry, please visit: Facebook.com/1lifela

“Onelife LA has been an amazing experience. It has really helped us as an organization to be able to provide for our families in a way that we were previously constantly struggling to do,” said Ms.Echeverry. “With the OneLife LA grant we were able to supplement our Obstacle Grant, which helps families to pay their bills so they can move forward.”

According to the LA County Health Department reports, each year 8,000 women are homeless at some point during their pregnancy. And, in the city of Los Angeles, there are currently less than 70 shelter beds available for women who are pregnant and in crisis. Of these, Harvest Home provides 10. This means that each year thousands of women lack housing and supportive programming during of the most critical times in a mother and baby’s life.

Some of the areas that Harvest Home focuses on include: Care for children, financial independence, emotional and mental health, physical health, spiritual growth, and more. For more information, please visit:www.harvesthomela.org

OneLife seeks to promote a culture of life, where every human life is dignified, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized. This year’s celebration themed “The Joy of Life” aims to unite communities and inspire positive action that promotes the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death. Even though many things look and feel very different this year, the virtual program will honor those who continue to serve even during these difficult circumstances.

For more information on 2021 OneLife LA speakers and more details, visithttps://onelifela.org/. OneLife LA was first celebrated on January 17, 2015. OneLife LA 2020 drew tens of thousands to downtown Los Angeles in celebration of the beauty and dignity of every human life. For more on 2020 highlights visit https://onelifela.org/.

For OneLife LA updates, visit Facebook,InstagramTwitterYouTube, and follow #OneLifeLA.


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