History & Mission


The Mission of Jovenes, Inc. is to help homeless youth and at-risk families become productive and integrated members of the community. We provide comfortable, stable housing, access to life skills training, employment support and other community-based services in a safe, nurturing environment. Believing anyone can prosper given the right conditions, we deliver opportunities for personal growth and provide hope, comfort and support where once there was none.  We empower those we serve so that they can develop healthy relationships and make meaningful contributions to the community we share.

Founded in 1989 by Father Richard Estrada, Jovenes serves homeless youth regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Located in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, our subsidized housing model includes supportive short term and permanent housing that is designed to create a home-like atmosphere for those we serve. Together they learn, grow and transform.