Dolores Mission School Principal Karina Moreno-Corgan Honored

Three notables received the Spirit of Healing Award from the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: April 11, 2017

Dolores Mission School Principal Karina Moreno-Corgan Honored

Karina Moreno-Corgan, principal of Dolores Mission School, a Jesuit elementary school committed to serving the children and families in the heart of Boyle Heights since 1950 was one of three visionaries who received the Los Angeles Christian Health Center's Spirit of Healing Award on Saturday, April 8, at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The event was an evening of inspiration, music and fundraising. Other honorees were Justin Baldoni, Actor and Entrepreneur and the Honorable Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

"In their own unique way, each of the Spirit of Healing honorees has used their gifts, whether as a public servant and elected official, actor and entrepreneur, or educator, to enrich the lives of others, advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable and share God's love with the community," said Lisa Abdishoo, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Christian Health Centers.

As an integral part of a Jesuit parish, Dolores Mission School's mission is to empower its students to rise out of poverty by becoming educated leaders in their community. Corgan has been principal of Dolores Mission School since 2007. The two housing projects that Dolores Mission School serves are Pico Gardens , Pueblo del Sol, and Las Casitas Housing Projects, in which families pay roughly 30% of their income for rent.

Ten years ago, Dolores Mission School had a negative reputation that preceded itself. Under the guidance of the Pastor, principal and teachers, Dolores Mission School began to dissolve a culture of complacency and cultivated high expectations for students and parents. As a result, now seventy of the school's students are enrolled in various colleges throughout the country.

As Principal, Corgan is dedicated to leading the school community to achieving academic excellence and personal growth for every child. "Our mission is to 'form men and women for and with others.' This is very important because it is grounded in Ignatian principles and values that are directly related to what Christ Jesus calls us to do," Corgan said.

Justin Baldoni, Director, Social Entrepreneur, Star of the CW series, Jane the Virgin and creator of Skid Row Carnival of Love also received a Spirit of Healing Award as did the Honorable Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Since he was overwhelmingly elected in 2008, and reelected in 2012 and 2016 to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Mark Ridley-Thomas has distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for more than two million Second District residents. As a champion for the underserved, he has called homelessness the civil rights issue of this era. When Measure H recently passed, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said, the County Board of Supervisors needed to get to work right away to fulfill its promise to prevent and end homelessness. Under his leadership, the Board of Supervisors moved unanimously to streamline the Los Angeles County bureaucracy to "make immediate and efficient use of the incoming funds to end the crisis of homelessness."  In addition, the Supervisor has lead efforts to ensure that the concept of a "health home" and access to quality health care become a reality for everyone by increasing the funding for, and number of community clinics, such as Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, in underserved areas.

The Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, founded in 1995, is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides low-cost and no-cost health care services throughout Skid Row, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles. Funds raised from the Spirit of Healing Awards event will be used to show God's love by providing comprehensive medical care, mental health care, dental services, social services, and optometry to thousands of people who are experiencing homelessness, living in public housing or shelters. In the past three years, there has been a 16 percent increase in the number of people who are homeless in Los Angeles County. Of these, close to 10 percent live in the Skid Row area. Thus, there is an urgent need for health care that addresses the complex needs of the chronically homeless, as well as those for whom health care has been historically unattainable.

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