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Go and See

Take an afternoon to explore Los Angeles. Each full day of the conference offers a variety of Go & See experiences, providing conference participants with an opportunity to visit the neighborhoods and communities of the host city—learning from local practitioners and experiencing the history and unique characteristics of LA. Some Go & Sees also include on-site workshops, offering practical tools and insights from local practitioners.

Pre-registration is required. The $10 fee covers transportation costs. Tickets may also be purchased on-site at Registration. All Go & Sees depart from the Westin.

Thursday, September 1
1:00-4:30pm
Dream Center Ministry Tour
Homeboy Industries Ministry Tour
Westlake / MacArthur Park Ministry Tour
West Adams / Exposition Park Ministry Tour
Friday, September 2
1:00-4:30pm
Hollywood Ministry Tour
NW Pasadena Ministry Tour
Skid Row Ministry Tour
Solidarity Ministry Tour + Workshop

Thursday, September 1

Dream Center Ministry Tour (SOLD OUT)
Focus:
Trafficking, Homelessness, Youth
Founded in 1994, The Dream Center is a volunteer-driven organization that seeks to fulfil the needs of over 80,000 individuals and families each month. The Dream Center ministers through mobile hunger relief and medical programs, residential rehabilitation programs adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing for homeless families, foster care intervention programs, job skills training, life skills, counseling, basic education, Bible studies and more.

The LA Dream Center (connected to Angeles Temple) is based out of the former Queen of Angels Hospital. The facility consists of almost 400,000 ft² in buildings on 8.8 acres, so comfortable shoes are recommended as there is a good bit of walking and stair climbing involved. This tour is designed to highlight the people, history, ministries and mission of “the church that never sleeps.”

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Homeboy Industries (SOLD OUT)
Focus:
Gang Rehabilitation, Police Relationships
Homeboy Industries was established over 25 years ago by Father Greg Boyle. In the 1980’s LA was struggling with gang violence and Boyle Heights had more gang members per capita than any other place in the U.S. During that time, Father Greg, the parish priest at Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights, realized that jobs and education could be the alternatives to gang and violence. Homeboy Industries has the largest and most comprehensive gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry programs in the U.S.

Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women. They are welcomed into a community of mutual kinship, love, and a wide variety of services ranging from tattoo removal to anger management and parenting classes. Full-time employment is offered for more than 200 men and women at a time through an 18-month program that helps them re-identify who they are in the world, offers job training so they can move on from Homeboy Industries and become contributing members of the community. This Go and See will include a site visit tour, opportunity to engage with and hear stories from homeboys and homegirls, as well as an opportunity to purchase food from the Homegirl cafe.

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Westlake / MacArthur Park Ministry Tour (SOLD OUT)
Focus: Immigration, Organizing, Housing, Neighboring
Visit the Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood of LA, sandwiched between downtown and Koreatown, home to many recent immigrants from Central America and Mexico. The Westlake/MacArthur Park tour will include visits to the UCLA Labor Center, HOLA art gallery, Tapestry Church, and InnerChange. Participants will experience a unique LA immigrant context, learn about the larger immigration issues affecting Los Angeles, and visit this collection of churches/non-profits working with immigrants for a better future.

While visiting the Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood, attendees will have the opportunity to get lunch at any one of the countless food trucks that line the park.

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West Adams / Exposition Park Ministry Tour
Focus: Economics, Environment/Creation Care
This Go & See will visit the Jefferson / Exposition Park areas considered part of the former “South Central” Los Angeles areas. In partnership with World Impact, Church of the Redeemer, and Redeemer Community Partnerships, this tour will include visits to Community Services Unlimited and Raymond Community Garden.

Participants will learn about environmental stewardship and food justice in the urban context. They will see several models of how this is done in South Central LA –– everything from community gardening to green transportation of produce, from tree planting and beautification to advocacy for the closure of oil drill sites in residential neighborhoods. Participants should dress for the outdoors and bring proper sun protection. Donations or purchases at the Urban Market are encouraged.

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Friday, September 2

Hollywood Ministry Tour
Focus:
Homelessness, Youth, Trafficking, Neighboring
Hollywood is known to many across the globe as the center of the glitz and glamor of the film industry. The reality is, for many locals, Hollywood is a community unto itself comprised of working families, immigrants, those experiencing homelessness and people who work the streets in the shadows of the bright lights. As a result, Hollywood is home to numerous ministries working to bring light and hope and shelter to those with great need. This Go and See will venture into Hollywood to meet and visit with The Center of Blessed Sacrament, The Lord’s Lighthouse at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, and the people they serve.

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NW Pasadena (SOLD OUT)
Focus: Economics, Neighboring, Gangs, Education, Reconciliation, Civic Engagement/Partnerships
This tour will journey through Northwest Pasadena and highlight what many practitioners and community organizers are doing to engage and empower the NW Pasadena community. There are over 1,200 service providers and nonprofit organizations in the city of Pasadena, many located in the NW Pasadena neighborhood. The Go and See will include meeting youth and elders, key business leaders, educators, activists and visiting organizations, including Harambee Ministries, founded by Dr. John Perkins. This site visit will invite you to see both the challenges as well as the many resources and assets in the community. We will engage topics of civic engagement, faith ministries, education, housing, gang prevention, neighbors, small businesses and how the voice of the church is changing. This site visit will provide a model of civic engagement and collaboration among various sectors working together for community transformation.

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Skid Row Ministry Tour
Focus:
Policing, Gangs, Mental Health, Homelessness, Gentrification, Housing
Skid Row is the largest homeless community in the U.S. and is often considered the last stop for people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. It’s also known as a recovery zone. In the midst of the pain and struggle there are amazings signs of God’s hope and community in this neighborhood. Participants will meet with key leaders and organizations working to collaboratively bring service, care, and an end to homelessness. Site visits and speakers will include: LAPD Skid Row’s angel cop, Church of the Nazarene (Skid Row church) & Central City Community Outreach, Downtown Women’s Center, Union Rescue Mission (one of the largest rescue missions), Needle Exchange, and LAFD Skid Row Brigade (one of the busiest fire stations in the U.S.).

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Solidarity in Fullerton Ministry Tour + Workshop
Focus:
Neighboring, Gangs, Housing, Economics
Solidarity helps churches transform their cities by giving them unique opportunities to grow. We do this in two ways: First, we invite you to join our context in Fullerton working in low-income, predominantly Latino neighborhoods. For 14 years Solidarity has been invested in these communities, working side-by-side with our neighbors. Second, we offer an opportunity to help your church’s journey to create and sustain your own context. Through experiences, education, creation, and integration, Solidarity walks with churches to help them transform their own cities.  Participants will learn about Solidarity’s three core theologies and discover how these core theologies can be lived out and applied to their contexts.

Workshop 1: Core Theologies
A study of the three core theologies at Solidarity that have informed the way we view community transformation. The workshop will discuss a theology of presence, suffering, and work and allow individuals to wrestle with how these core theologies will enhance the resiliency and fruit the participant’s ministry contexts.

Workshop 2: Theology in Praxis
A final workshop of the day will create strategic next steps for allowing the core theologies to shape the participants’ intentions behind their ministries.

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