23 Nov New Life House at the Midnight Mission
Founded in 1914, the Midnight Mission is one of the longest operating human service organizations in the greater Los Angeles area, centered in the Skid Row community of downtown. The Mission has provided a place not only for those who directly need the help of their services offered, but a place for those who are more fortunate an opportunity to give back and be of service.
New Life House Service Work
New Life House has long been a supporter of community service, and began working directly with the Midnight Mission over 6 months ago. Each month, house members, graduates and managers take a trip to the mission to give back to their community by serving food to those less fortunate.
New Life House makes a strong point to integrate service work into men’s lives, and for no small reason. Service work such as helping the Midnight Mission helps generate an immense sense of gratitude, and allows those new in recovery to gain a real perspective of just how real their choices are and how they affect their lives.
History of the Midnight Mission
The Midnight Mission is the oldest continuously operating human service organizations in the Los Angeles region. Centered in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, The Midnight runs one of the most efficient direct service operations in the country. With only four executive managers throughout its 100 year history, The Midnight has been a consistent beacon of light for those with no where else to turn.
Tom Liddecoat, “Father of the poor” opens the doors of The Midnight as a refuge for the men of Skid Row. Being a successful businessman and lay minister, Liddecoat serves a meal at midnight after church services are complete.
The Midnight is given a non-profit status.
Henry Richman is named managing director and leads the organization through the Great Depression. The Midnight is designated as “California Emergency Relief Station No.1” by the federal government as it is the only facility in Los Angeles able to deal with the human tragedy caused by the Great Depression. The Midnight discontinues religious services and affiliation
Clancy Imislund is selected to continue The Midnight. A recovering alcoholic himself, Clancy brings a level of empathy and understanding that is difficult to match. For the next thirty years, Clancy leads The Midnight through dramatic changes that occur on Skid Row.
The Midnight’s Family Housing transitional program goes beyond emergency care and provides long-term solutions by highlighting structure, accountability and opportunity.
Larry Adamson, a board member and former corporate executive is recruited to lead The Midnight.
Our current facility at 601 South San Pedro St., opens. Mr. Adamson champions designing, building and opening the new state of the art facility to handle the growing diverse populations that we now serve.
Due to the continual struggle of the economy, the homeless population in the Skid Row community increases, resulting in The Midnight serving over One Million Meals in 2012.
Being of Service During the Holidays
Being of service, like helping out at the Midnight Mission isa critical component of anyone’s journey to recovery and finding peace within themselves. And it isn’t just a concept unique to AA. Though we may have turned the phrase ‘being of service’ into a recovery colloquialism, service work is a concept prevalent in every major religion. Whether you are Buddhist, Christian, Hindi or Islamic, helping others is almost always an integral part in finding spiritual happiness. So remember to give thanks and be grateful this holiday season and be of service wherever you find yourself!