Friday, June 18, 2010

SVdP's Cardinal Manning Center Opens Skid Row Computer Learning Center

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles opened a new Computer Learning Center on Wednesday at its Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row.

The opening was celebrated with an official ribbon cutting led by Jan Perry, Council President Pro Tempore (9th District); Aileen Adams, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor, Office of Strategic Partnerships; David Fields, St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles Executive Director; Suzanne D. Manriquez, Senior Field Deputy for Supervisor Gloria Molina (1st District); James Weiss, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles President, Board of Directors; Pauley Perrette, Philanthropist & Actress (NCIS); Ursula Hyman, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP; and Justin Mammen, Deputy Director, Cardinal Manning Center.

Funding to equip the Cardinal Manning's Computer Learning Center was provided by a group of partners from the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, spearheaded by Ms. Hyman. The Computer Learning Center will be available to all homeless children, women and men to use that are on Skid Row, not just the residents of the shelter. There are 10 new computers as well as printers. A volunteer or shelter staff member will be in the center during all open hours to assist anyone with printing or any other computer needs. The Cardinal Manning Center will also be launching an educational program to teach basic computer skills needed for the current job market.

The computer learning center is open everyday but Saturdays with the following schedule:

Men’s Hours
Drop in: 7am-9am
Skills Improvement Time: 9am-11am

Women/Children Hours
Drop in: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Skills Improvement Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm

Cardinal Manning Center Residents Only Hours
5:30pm-8:30pm daily

For more than 50 years, the Society's Cardinal Manning Center has provided essential social services to homeless individuals and families to help them achieve and maintain self sufficiency while fostering a mentality of change that looks beyond charity.

Photos (l-r): Official ribbon cutting includes (from l-r) Jan Perry, David Fields, Ursula Hyman, Pauley Perrette and James Weiss; Father Pedro Villarroya, C.M. blesses the new computer learning center.

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