Our History

Eastmont Community Center was founded in 1967 in collaboration with the Disciples of Christ Church to enhance the quality of life for children, youth, working adults and seniors in low-income families. Members of the Disciples of Christ Church and local leaders were concerned about the impact of the urban crisis in the Eastmont area of East Los Angeles. As a result, the Eastmont Community Center was born. The center is a community-based organization with the goal to provide human, social and educational services to the residents of East Los Angeles and the surrounding communities that promote personal and self-development.

Eastmont began operation by offering training in commercial printing and organized a program of teen activities in what had been the Eastmont Christian Church. Within a few years, the Center become home to local residents and children seeking productive and creative activities during after school hours. Neighborhood parents soon-after organized Head Start Centers at the center and started a successful fundraising program to purchase a new playground and school.

The Center had become the site of a federally sponsored Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) that annually places 400 senior citizens volunteers in local social services agencies. In addition, the Center now offers classes in English as a Second Language, Spanish Literacy, Cooking, Sewing, Dance, Yoga, Crafts, a computer lab and other adult education classes.

Well over 7,000 families per year depend on Eastmont for assistance in meeting basic needs.