Children of the Shepherd was born in the summer of 1986 when Pastor Michael A. Vasquez first visited Hollywood.
Like so many others "tourists" before him, Mike came to see the "stars." After walking the streets that first night,
he quickly realized instead of streets of glamour, these were streets of pain. The numbers of people, mostly young,
homeless runaway kids, haunted his memory with a burning passion to act.
One year later, after much prayer and seeking the Lord, Mike formed a non-profit organization which would later be called
Children of the Shepherd.
In the years following, Children of the Shepherd evolved into a work to all of the people of the streets
of Hollywood, with much emphasis placed on the young people of the streets in the beginning.
Today, Children of the Shepherd ministers to young and
old alike in the neighboorhood location in Hollywood. Approximately 30% of those who come to us are homeless.
The others are single persons. seniors, and families attempting to survive on below poverty incomes.
Our pantry is named the Orton and Lois Wise Compassionate Ministry Center.
From this location, we provide groceries, hygiene items, clothing, household items, blankets, and more. This allows
those with apartments or rented rooms to use their funds for the expensive rents in Hollywood. It helps those without
housing to survive. It gives all hope and encouragement. As situations arise and as our resources allow, we work
to help people improve their situations.
Worship services are conducted under our second incorporation: Hollywood
Church of the Nazarene. Services under Children of the Shepherd are available to
all, not just to those who choose to attend the church services. Those attending the church services include persons
from various Latin American countires, Armenia and Russia, as well as those born in America. Sunday services are held
delivered in English and translated into Spanish.
Our Mission Statement
"The mission of Children of the Shepherd is to be a community of believers providing a sanctuary for
the purpose of healing the spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs of the people of Hollywood by communicating God's
Word and demonstrating the life-changing love of Jesus."
Location and Service Days and Times
Hollywood Church of the Nazarene
Worship Services: Sundays 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bible Study: Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The church is located in Hollywood at 6176 Santa Monica Blvd. at the corner of El Centro Avenue. There is also
a side entrance at 1076 N. El Centro Avenue.
Open by appointment on the second, third, and fourth Saturdays*: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Donations can be delivered on the second, third, and fourth Saturdays*: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
The pantry is located at 1072 N. El Centro Avenue.
*In November and December 2006, the pantry will be open the first, second, and third Saturdays