Adopt-A-Family Update! :
2017 Volunteer Opportunities & Calendar

For over twenty-seven years, the Adopt-A-Family Program has made it possible for struggling families with children to have a magical Christmas and experience the Light of Christ. The program has assisted families in one of the poorest areas of our city, the Los Angeles Skid Row and downtown area.

This year, the program will adopt 500 families from the Skid Row, which face
unimaginable obstacles and challenges on a daily basis. For this reason, we are personally seeking out these families to assist through the Cathedral's Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays program.

The lives of children living on Skid Row can be most bleak. They live in hotels and apartments, often crowded in one room units with brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, and other family members. Surrounded by drug dealing, prostitution, violent crime and poverty, there are very few comforts and often little joy. Very few have refrigerators; fewer have stoves; and bathroom and kitchen facilities are often down the hall and shared with neighbors.

Despite such dire circumstances, many of these families are outside of the help of government and other charitable programs. It is for these struggling families that the Adopt-A-Family Program was created.

Christmas Surprise We visit numerous households every year in the hope that somehow we can improve the quality of life for families and children. We find cupboards that are empty, clothing that is worn, rooms that are cold...none of the comforts that so many of us take for granted. But we can make a difference.

Throughout September and October, the Adopt-A-Family volunteers meet with the families to identify their individual needs. Then on Saturday, December 17th, volunteers will return to the homes with food, together with toiletries, blankets, books, baby care items and clothing for the entire family. In addition, toys and games will provide the children with much needed diversion and recreation. For these families, the anticipation of a joyous Christmas celebration is a light of hope in what can be a very dark and challenging existence.

The Adopt-A-Family program is only possible through the generosity of people like you, people willing to open your hearts and provide the resources necessary to make a Christmas holiday possible for those less fortunate. Click
to see how you can help!

"The Cathedral Angels help bring the joy of Christmas to children and families of Skid Row.
Won't you join us?"
- Monsignor Terry Fleming, Director
Adopt A Family
How to Help

giving opportunities

volunteer: options & calendar


download sponsor brochure
NEW FOR 2016!

download volunteer letter & schedule NEW FOR 2017!

Contact Us

(213) 637-7501


Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Giving Opportunities: How to Help

Become a Cathedral Angel and help families on Skid Row this holiday season:

Sponsor a Family

Provides financial support to cover rent and/or utility bills Your donation goes directly to pay rent and/or utilities and helps ensure the long-term physical well-being of a needy family.

A $300 contribution underwrites the cost of producing one family's gift box. Your donation ensures two weeks worth of nutritious food, practical hygiene and cleaning supplies, warm blankets, new clothing, and special presents for each member of the family.

Provides gift items for an individual family You will receive a family profile and wish list. Since families of various sizes are available for adoption, this is a great opportunity for groups of individuals or organizations to work together in support of a needy family.

Provides hands-on assistance to the Adopt-A-Family Program Come to the Cathedral and join us as we sort and organize donations, wrap presents and pack gift boxes. Or perhaps you would like to coordinate a drive for gifts or food. If you would like to help, please call: (213) 637-7501.


If you prefer, you can also make a donation in the amount of your choice. We also offer commemorative opportunities. Please click on the Donor form below for more information on donation opportunities:

Download a Sponsor Brochure (PDF)

2017 Online AAF Family Sponsor Form

Contact Us:
To Sponsor a Family or Contribute to the Adopt-A-Family program, please call us at (213) 637-7501 or email us at:
Interested in Volunteering? Click for Volunteering Opportunities & 2015 Event Calendar!

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