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What is it like living next to St. Joseph Center? … Longtime Venetian comes forward

Note: See story by Rick Feibusch of WatchDawg at https://veniceupdate.com/2016/05/17/rick-feibush-of-watchdawg-remembers-about-st-joseph-center/ with picture of damage.

I am a life long Venice resident, my father is a life long Venice resident. My family has lived in Venice since the 1940s. I live at XXX Flower Ave., the closest home next to the St. Joseph’s Service Center on Lincoln and Flower. My family and myself have been homeowners in Venice for decades. Our Flower Ave home was the first home I lived in after I was born. I am a true Venice resident from a true Venice Family. I remember growing up on Flower Ave, it was a lovely street filled with neighborhood children and old ladies taking walks; neighbors stood outside talking. It is very different now, no thanks to the St. Joseph Center.

Last night, I was minutes away from my home catching fire from a fire set by a female transient and client of the St. Joseph’s Service Center. WE HAVE DAMAGE TO OUR PROPERTY FROM THIS FIRE. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.

I was home the day that Sr. Judy from the St. Joseph’s Center knocked on my front door to introduce herself to me and let me know the St. Joseph’s Center would be moving in next door. I voiced my concern about security issues, already familiar with the problems and issues surrounding the center and it’s impact on neighboring residents on Rose Ave. Sr. Judy promised the neighborhood would only get better with the St. Joseph’s Center, that the St. Joseph Center was a good neighbor and they would be providing security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These were all lies.

In recent years, my father has been mostly bed ridden so he has not been able to complain about the nuisance the St. Joseph’s Center is on a daily basis. I assure you every time family visited, a call had to be made to the St. Joseph’s Center, police or complaint made to their inconstant security about their clients. I won’t even begin to go into the time the police surrounded the house with guns drawn, entered our home and searched the house because a mentally ill St. Joseph’s Center client told the police her child had been kidnapped and was being kept in our house. This was completely untrue and my disabled father was clearly affected.

Sister Acts Unethiczlly
Or the time, as a college student at LMU I spoke at a town hall meeting at Penmar Park hosted by then councilman Rosendahl to discuss the neighborhood concerns about the St. Joseph’s Center move to Lincoln and Flower. This meeting was of great importance as the immediate residents in the area were never officially notified of the plan for the Center to move in. I exercised my right to speak for 2 minutes at the meeting to voice my concerns about security issues effecting the residents due to the St. Joseph’s Center. Sr. Judy then took that information, distorted it and went to my professors, department chair and mentors at LMU, using her influence as a nun and lied to them. She told them I went to the meeting representing Loyola Marymount University and bashed the center. She said I was quoted doing so in the Los Angeles Times, I never was. She told them I was a problem. She used her influence to unlawfully access my record at LMU to find out which classes I was taking and who my professors were. She contacted every single professor I had. She attempted to influence the professors that were writing my graduate school recommendations. She tried to destroy me any way she could because of my security concerns. I sought legal counsel, I made a formal complaint with the university. I went to my pastor to seek guidance. I was issued an apology by the then St. Joseph Center executive director, Rhonda Meister and shortly after, Sr. Judy was transferred out of the St. Joseph’s Center.

We are victims of the St. Joseph’s Center, my entire family, my entire neighborhood.

I am back living in my home at Flower Ave. There is a constant disturbance to the neighborhood by the client’s of the St. Joseph’s Center. During business hours, their clients are held in the alley right outside my fence. These clients are the most severe, they yell and scream obscenities all day long with little control.

Security is a farce
Security does very little to manage the situation. I have noticed, the most severe clients stay close the the center all day and night. They sleep in the neighborhood, often in front of my house, all up and down the street, in the alley. The higher functioning clients are well enough to venture further away. The lower functioning stay close, are mentally ill and are a drain on the area and nuisance to the residents and home owners. It is these lower functioning clients that are of the most concern and include this client that set the fire and has caused other damage.

There is absolutely no security presence on the weekends, zero. The residents were promised security 24/7 when the center first moved in. It actually was provided for a very short time in the beginning. As time passed, St. Joseph security started to lessen, a few hours here, a few days there. Now there is no security on the weekends, holidays, or when the St. Joseph Center closes for vacations. Weekday security supposedly ends in the evening but is usually only visible during business hours leaving the neighborhood residents to fend for themselves. Calls of concern after hours and all weekend are answered by an answering service that is unresponsive and rude. The issues surrounding the St. Joseph’s Center are only getting worse and time goes by.

Constant sex, trash and feces
I have seen St. Joseph’s Center clients having sex in their client holding area on a Sunday morning while going for a walk. The alley is filled with trash from their clients. The Center previously promised to keep the alley clean, they don’t. Countless times we have had feces from these homeless clients on our property. We have had their client’s trespass on our property more times than I can count, plug into our outdoor power outlets to charge their devises, set camp in our backyard and actually attempt to live in our garage. I once came home to find two sleeping on my front yard overnight. I did not feel safe to walk up to my front door. There was no St. Joseph’s Center security, I couldn’t leave my car until the police arrived.

Previously, my parents met with a mediator and Va Lecia Adams, executive director of the St. Joseph’s Center to discuss security as our home was the one to me most effected by their clients. They promised to try to include sufficient security in the budget. Clearly, the current security budget is insufficient and is making the St. Joseph’s Center a negligent neighbor. They aren’t trying hard enough with this budget.

Fire bug consistently causes property damage
The St. Joseph’s Center client responsible for last night’s fire has been an ongoing nuisance to the neighbors and businesses immediately surrounding the St. Joseph’s Center. It is documented that she has vandalized and caused property damage to the immediate area and the St. Joseph’s Center does nothing. Last night’s fire filled my property with embers, my home with smoke. The fire fighters told me it was not safe for me to spend the night in my own home due to the smoke. I had to leave my home and sleep elsewhere for safety. How far is this going to go? How much more suffering do we have to tolerate at the hand’s of the irresponsible St. Joseph’s Center? We will not be run out by the St. Joseph’s Center. There are many young children living on this block. What environment are we to raise our children in? If we play outside, as any family has the right to, we are surrounded by a constant soundtrack of obscenities, unsanitary living conditions, little protection and worse. Us moving away is not the answer, we are responsible tax paying multi-generational Venice residents. We demand 24 hour , 7 days a week security to be provided by the St. Joseph’s Center permanently. They are not good neighbors and do not belong in a residential neighborhood. When will they take responsibility?

Thank you,
Life Long Venice Resident

Comments (4)

  1. Me

    Contact me at manmega801@gmail.com so I may help you shut down St Josephs Center.

  2. Me

    Please guide me on how I can help get St Josephs shutdown I have ma disabled young homeless woman and I know other more severely physically disabled homeless younger homeless women who have not been helped by Saint Joseph’s who have been who have gone there for long enough to be helped who are kicked out and punished for when they are the ones who are sexually harassed there and yet sexual predators drug addicts for all able-bodied men are helped and assisted and protected while they’re victims me and other good physically disabled women and I myself don’t do any drugs don’t smoke cigarettes don’t drink most recently they promised me after I said I don’t want them to come and help me cuz they don’t help they lie and say they’ll help and then they don’t come and help and it seems like they actually stop other people from helping you once they decide they don’t like you like when you complain that their security is flirting with you and hitting on you and then turning against you and being a cruel and turning the other way and not protecting you because you turn down their advances that a woman that works there when I told them not to send somebody works there after I had been raped and was scared to press charges and do a rape kit that she either didn’t come or came and didn’t call that she was here to take me and then wouldn’t pick up or return my calls when I had just been raped which was a week ago and just completely ignoring me when she supposedly knows the psychology and the horrible feelings after being raped and she’s ignoring me after like made me think that she cared about me and didn’t take me to get a rape kit when time with ticking for the physical evidence to do anything to put this rape is too will rape again Behind Bars and a it was devastating and to be ignored by a place that supposed to help you it’s it’s like being raped again and I really want to help and end the fact that they smoke cigarettes like you are just bomb bombs with cigarette smoke you know what I’m sure you can smell it and all the neighbors can smell it it’s just they’re not helping they’re not helping women who are physically disabled and suffer from severe rape trauma a lot from homeless man that they help homeless man and facilitate more sexual assault and the spread of drugs by helping these homeless man and I have been attacked by a few of St Josephs clients brutally that wouldn’t be there if Saint Joseph wasn’t there please I’m doing talk-to-text this is very painful but oh I’ve been kicked out for weeks because I raised my voice saying don’t touch me to someone who’s molesting me one of their clients loud enough so they could hear and come over and rescue me and they kick me out and when I had blood streaming down my leg because of a massive tumor I get that makes me Hemorrhage and they even when that happens and I’m covered in blood they refuse to make an exception to give me a shower because I it’s so uncomfortable for me to be around those Predators there that I didn’t sign up in time a day before for a shower you know they kick me out for weeks cuz I was saying please please get out of the bathroom cuz someone was just chilling in there and then they kick me out for weeks not letting me shower when they knew I was covered in blood and had just gotten my. Which eye hemorrhage 10 times at least 10 times if not 20 times more blood it’s probably like 50 times more blood than anyone else and I was pissing on myself because on my tumor makes me incontinent during my. And they wouldn’t let me shower once and for two more weeks to kick me out because I was urging the person to please let me go to the bathroom who wasn’t going to the bathroom but just hanging out in the bathroom and they lied about what I did when it was in you know a room full of people because you know I most recently they promised me um after I said I don’t want them to come and help me cuz they don’t help they lie and say they’ll help and then they don’t come and help and it seems like they actually stopped other people from helping you once they decide they don’t like you like when you complain that their security is flirting with you and hitting on you and then turning against you and being a cruel and turning the other way and not protecting you because you turned down there advanced is that a woman that works there when I told them not to send somebody works there after I’ve been raped and was scared to press charges and do a rape kit that she either didn’t come or came and didn’t call that she was here to take me and then wouldn’t pick up or return my calls when I had just been raped which was a week ago and just completely ignoring me when she supposedly knows the psychology and the horrible feelings after being raped and she’s ignoring me after like made me think that she cared about me and didn’t take me to get a rape get one time with sticking for the physical evidence to do anything to put this rapist to will rape again behind bars and it was devastating and to be ignored by a place that supposed to help you its it’s like being raped again and I really want to help and and the fact that they smoke cigarettes like you are just bum bombed with cigarette smoke you know when I’m sure you can smell it and all the neighbors can smell it its just they’re not helping they’re not helping women who are physically disabled and suffer from severe rape trauma a lot from homeless man but they help homeless man and facilitate more sexual assault and the spread of drugs by helping these homeless man and I have been attacked by a few of state Joseph’s clients brutally that wouldn’t be there if same Joseph’s wasn’t there please I’m doing talk to text is is very painful but oh I’ve been kicked out for weeks because I raise my voice saying don’t touch me to someone who’s molesting meet one of their clients loud enough so they could hear and come over and rescue me and they kick me out and when I had blood streaming down my leg because of a massive tumor I get that makes me hemorrhage and they even when that happens and I’m covered in blood they refused to make an exception to give me a shower because I it so uncomfortable for me to be around those predators there that I didn’t sign up in time a day before for a shower you know they kick me out for weeks cuz I was saying please please get out of the bath and kiss someone was just chilling in there and then they kick me up for weeks not letting me shower when they knew I was covered in blood and hun just got my. Which I am Ridge 10 times at least 10 times if not 20 times more blood it’s probably like 50 times more blood than anyone else and I was pissing on myself because my two more makes me and continent during my. And they wouldn’t let me shower once and for two more weeks to kick me out because I was urging the person to please let me go to the bathroom who wasn’t going to the bathroom but just hanging out in the bathroom and they lied about what I did when it was in Enola room full of people because you know I didn’t want to date the security staff for their friends so please please please help me help you guys get them shut down cuz they are awful and evil and I’m an attractive girl so I can help the cause that’s another thing the fact that I I’m a very attractive and people say gorgeous girl so I will probably be able to really help the cause and that’s another thing that makes them hate me is the female staff is jealous of me and it doesn’t help me be won’t help me because of it in the mail staff is furious at me cuz I don’t want to be with them sexually which is extremely inappropriate and traumatic to have to face that when you go for help at a center that’s supposed to protect you from that stuff please please please help me help you get them shut down because they have been a severe trauma just like the sexual abuse that they facilitate. And I truly believe with all my heart that they are you know making money off people Social Security numbers and that is their game and they are destroying your community for money and they don’t even let you they kick you out if you take too long in the shower when you have a medical condition that makes it so you need more than 15 minutes and you’re a woman.

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  4. J Tabar

    While it does sound like a horrendous living environment,some of the allegations made regarding LMU does appear somewhat “far fetched” It would have be helpful to have a more balanced story published. If both parties had an opportunity to contribute. Maybe a less bias picture would have been presented.

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