After months of waiting, the newly-built $10 million year-round homeless shelter in Pomona, CA, opened its doors to those who need a place to stay.
Sisters and volunteers from Angela Spirituality Center were on hand to welcome the first “pioneers” to the 16,000 square foot facility that is able to house more than 200 people.
Just the day before, residents in the old facility were told that they would have to walk about a mile to the new shelter. But with the dawn came buckets of rain. So vans were called in to transport the group.
S Maria Louise Edwards said, “Our volunteers were ready with sack lunches, warm clothing, and words of encouragement.” City of Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval greeted everyone and personally thanked the Angela Spirituality Center for making a difference these past 10 years.
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Dr. Andrea White (at center) with SM Therese Ann Parobek at right

The opening of the Pomona shelter coincided with the visitation by

Dr. Andrea White, president of Felician Services, Inc. She jumped right in and was even remembered by those she had met earlier in the week. Sister Maria Louise said, “We joked because someone even asked if she were our new novice.”
Speaking for the Spirituality Center, Sister Maria Louise added, “As she prepares to retire, Angela Spirituality Center would like to thank her for her many years of dedicated leadership, support, and guidance.  It was a joy to spend these days with her, and to be blessed by the light that so easily radiates from her presence.  The spirit of Blessed Mary Angela is touching many hearts and lives because of her dedication. Thank you, Dr. White, for the legacy you are imparting to our Felician Congregation, and for all the ways you have shaped our ministries for years to come.”
From L: SM Therese Ann Parobek, Mayor Tim Sandoval,
and S Maria Louise Edwards
SM Therese Parobek assists Avery Boyd, 25, who huddles herself with a blanket at the newly-opened Hope for Home, 
a year-round homeless services center in Pomona, CA