The following comes from a December 23 Angelus article:
On December 19, Archbishop José Gomez joined Adopt-A-Family volunteers as they made house calls to some of the poorest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, stopping by apartments on Skid Row to deliver Christmas gifts, groceries and clothing to families in need.
The archbishop drove with a group of volunteers to their first stop, an old building of tiny living spaces in a crime-ridden area. The woman who answered the door said that the father had to work that day and the children were in day care.
Archbishop Gomez also strongly believes in meeting one-on-one with those in need — something Pope Francis terms the “culture of encounter,” which teaches the meaning of service and imitates Christ’s example, Archbishop Gomez said, adding that our society is losing that connection because of busy schedules, technology and fear of violence.
Adopt-A-Family takes special care to get to know the families in order to better meet their needs. Starting in August, volunteers visit each family to learn about their struggles, hobbies and Christmas wish list.
The project started with 10 families and has grown over the last 25 years to serve 503 families with 2,000 children. The program gives each family a two-week supply of groceries, along with household goods and Christmas gifts of toys, clothing and school supplies for the children.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels runs the program to serve families who are outside of the help of government services or other charitable programs.