Vaughn knows the problems of the homeless from personal experience. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he returned to Los Angeles. He got into substance abuse; Left homeless on the streets of Skid Row for several years. Rev. Vaughn says, "I felt called of God to get out of my box and check into a program that got me off the streets." Only then did he get the tools he needed to achieve lifelong sobriety. For the next two decades, Vaughn never stopped helping others get what they needed to get off the streets permanently.
"We are very pleased that Troy is stepping down from his role as a director," said the chairman of the Los Angeles Mission Board Randy Hess. "He is uniquely qualified to lead the Los Angeles Mission. He is more than up to the unpredictable challenges of the homeless community. Troy Vaughn knows this community because he has worked with the homeless here for the past 20 years."
"It is with great pleasure and honor I am a member of the leadership team for the Los Angeles Mission," said Rev. Vaughn. "I believe the mission was built on the solid foundation of Christ and his gospel. Furthermore, it is evident that the Los Angeles mission programs have been carefully constructed to transform the lives of those who preceded me in that position. I am. I am." encourages that the mission has consistently taken the lead to address content los Angeles ever changing homelessness crisis. I believe the mission is perfectly positioned to be the most trusted and credible leadership organization for the homeless. "
Rev. Troy F. Vaughn is very well qualified to take the helm of the Los Angeles Mission. He continues his role as Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership. Vaughn continues to serve as the founder, president, and CEO of Christ-Centered Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating housing and employment opportunities for the disenfranchised. He will remain the senior pastor of Inglewood Community Church.
Vaughn has an Executive JD from Concord Law School, an MBA and a BS in Advanced Legal Studies from Kaplan University. He also holds a final certification in executive non-profit management from CSULA and fundraising and marketing from Cal State University of Long Beach (CSULB). Vaughn also holds a Masters degree in Divinity and Theology with a minor in Urban Planning from Kings Seminary in Van Nuys, California. He also holds a PhD in Theology from the Master & # 39; s School of Divinity. He has held senior positions at Shields for Families, the LAMP Community, and the Weingart Center for the Homeless.
Herb Smith has been President and CEO of the Mission since 2006. Prior to being named mission president like Vaughn, Smith was also a board member. Smith will remain on board for the next several months to facilitate the change in leadership to Vaughn.
"I am honored to have served in the mission for the past 14 years," said Smith. "I look forward to the extraordinary vision and direction that this Troy Vaughn promises to bring to mission. Rev. Vaughn brings a new perspective to the fight against the extreme poverty that leads to homelessness from his personal life experience of homelessness and his extensive work in the community, along with his unparalleled academic preparation. "
For over 80 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served the needy of Skid Row, providing emergency medical services such as shelter, groceries, clothing, and professional medical and dental services. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term home rehabilitation programs, including education, vocational training and placement, transitional housing, and counseling. More information is available at: www.losangelesmission.org.
SOURCE Los Angeles Mission