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Vanessa De Vargas And Vanessa Kogevinas Unveil Renovated Good Shepherd Center For Homeless Women & Children

(Photo Credit: Belle Maison)

LA’s Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children is unveiling its new look this Saturday, July 23rd thanks to the generosity of Turquoise interior decorator and furniture designer Vanessa De Vargas and her partner, Contributing Editor of California Homes Magazine Vanessa Kogevinas. The design divas who founded the charity-based design firm Vanessa Squared Productions, and whose careers in interior and architectural design and publishing span over fifteen years collectively, have donated their time and resources—not to mention their amazing talent and creativity in order to give Good Shepherd’s Hawkes Residence this well-deserved transformation.

Interior Designer Vanessa De Vargas (Photo Credit: Turquoise LA)

Good Shepherd Center, which opened its doors in 1984 has grown steadily thanks to the support of a dedicated staff, advisory board and volunteers. Today, their two transitional centers and semi-permanent residence for disabled women are able to care for over 900 women and children in need every year. In addition to providing shelter and food, Good Shepherd has an employment center and also serves as a vocational training ground with The Village Kitchen. The Kitchen is a restaurant, catering company and has a complete culinary-arts training program that once completed, graduates are ready to embark upon career in the culinary field. This program is just one of a number of ways Good Shepherd aids in empowering homeless women and helps guide them to independence.

Vanessa Kogevinas, Contributing Editor of California Homes Magazine (Photo Credit: www.vanessakogevinas.com)

Come be a part of this celebration of self-sufficiency Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th from 11 am-3pm, and for information on how to get involved with Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children, please contact Annmarie Howse.

Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children
1640 Rockwood St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Ph. 213-482-1834

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