"We love the Society of St. Vincent de Paul," said Shoe Palace Vice President John Mersho, "We always want to be about helping our community." The workshop was made possible by grants from Shoe Palace and the Riordan Foundation. Shoe Palace Marketing Manager Lacey Flynn said the kids using the workshop would get free shoes from Shoe Palace as an incentive for academic achievement.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' Executive Director David Fields pointed out that it was Society employee Jorge Alvarez who unofficially started the workshop when he asked Society leadership for a computer room, because he does not own a computer. Fields is excited by the possibilities of the workshop, pointing out that Society employee Carolyn Sanchez recently completed requirements for her GED. "We promoted her, and gave her a 10% raise!" Fields said.