In 1894, leaders of several Pasadena congregations came together to build bridges over common issues and community concerns, forming what would serve Pasadena for decades as the Ecumenical Council of Pasadena Area Churches (Churches later changed to the more-inclusive interfaith Congregations), energetically working together against poverty and isolation and towards self-sufficiency and mutual support.
In 2014, as Friends In Deed, we continue that 120 years of service, through:
a community food Pantry that serves 1,125 households each month;
The Women's Room , our unique day program providing care and community for 20 homeless and at-risk women regularly;
the Bad Weather Shelter, last year providing over 11,000 shelter beds for those left homeless during the winter season;
We will be celebrating throughout the year with special events, special exciting opportunities to build, give, serve - and party! Watch for news of what's coming up. Make it a point to be part of our lives this year - our Year of Many Friends. We can do what we do only because of friends like you who pray with us, volunteer with us, raise money for us and donate to us. Friends like you are what makes us Friends In Deed - doing together what we cannot do alone.
In light of the economic downturn, the City of Pasadena and Friends In Deed together are requesting that the business community rise up and lend their support to cover a $60,000 gap left the Bad Weather Shelter funding. We're looking for one hundred pledges of $600 to supplement the $50,000 provided by Friends In Deed through its own fundraising efforts.
For information on becoming a Friend of the Bad Weather Shelter, visit the Friends of the Bad Weather Shelter page.
For the 2012-13 Bad Weather Shelter Report, click here.
We are truly Friends In Deed!!!
At our Annual Meeting on January 31, 2013 the Council voted to change the name of the organization to Friends In Deed with a subtitle Pasadena Area Interfaith Council. There will be a transition time during which we use the ECPAC website, email addresses, etc., but over the next few months will make the needed changes. Checks can still be written to ECPAC or Friends In Deed. We are excited about this change for it will help us with our branding, and will make clearer our status as an interfaith organization.
Pasadena Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, April 30, 2014. Friends In Deed is coordinating the Pasadena Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast for 2014. The breakfast will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on April 30, 2014, with the theme, “A Place to Call Home." The keynote speaker will be Elise Buik, the CEO of the Los Angeles United Way! More details...
Friends In Deed welcomes Donna Byrns, retired pastor of Church of Truth in Pasadena, as part time Director starting January 1st, 2014. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and at 626-797-2492.
Homeless? About to be? Here are some resources:
Friends In Deed provides some limited rental assistance to residents of Pasadena who would become homeless through eviction without our help. For information regarding qualifications for this program or for an appointment, call Marlene at (626) 797-2402.
For shelters throughout Los Angeles County, click here. . The Los Angeles Housing Authority has a listing of all LAHSA shelters on that page.
East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless: Shelter Phone: (626) 252-9060. For more information, including shelter and transportation schedules, click here.
For other information call: Info Line: Call 211 or 1-800-339-6993
Free Health Checks Monthly: Every month, Friends in Deed is fortunate to have a nurse from Huntington Hospital provide free blood pressure and sugar level checks for our community. Their next visit to the Friends In Deed House will be Tuesday, September 10, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Friends In Deed hours: Friends In Deed has reopened on Mondays beginning on October 7. This allows us to receive deliveries on Mondays and open The Women’s Room for its afternoon session, from 1-4 PM. Friends In Deed will be closed on Fridays except by appointment and for deliveries,. The offices close on Fridays at 2 PM.