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December 23, 1989 | LISA MASCARO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the heart of Santa Ana, between busy 1st Street and Santa Ana Boulevard, is a run-down, rust-colored building with a sign that reads Annie Mae Tripp Southwest Community Center . Like many of the homes in the graffiti-splashed neighborhood, the center has a fence around its dirt yard and bars on its dusty windows, but everyone knows that at Annie Mae Tripp's place, the doors are wide open. Seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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June 7, 1998 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 75 people joined in a cleanup of the Southwest Community Center and the surrounding west Santa Ana neighborhood Saturday, sweeping sidewalks, sorting donations and throwing out piles of accumulated trash. Schoolchildren and church members, homeless people and neighborhood volunteers pitched in to spruce up the center, a 26-year-old Santa Ana fixture that serves 500 hot meals a week and gives bags of food to anyone who asks.
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December 24, 1994 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Continuing her grandmother's legacy of goodwill, Connie J. Jones, 42, has been serving Christmas dinners to the needy for the past 22 years at Southwest Community Center. Founded in 1969, the program grew from a food and clothes distribution center out of her grandmother's garage to a full social service agency now assisting about 660 regular clients, Jones said.
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December 30, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
A holiday charity drive at five local schools yielded 15,000 pounds of food to benefit children and families in need. Students and faculty at Roch Courreges, Fred Moiola, William T. Newland and Isojiro Oka elementary schools and Samuel E. Talbert Middle School participated. The Southwest Community Center in Santa Ana received the donations. The center has been helping people in need for 25 years. About 200 people a day line up for free meals; more than 1 million have been served.
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November 24, 1994
Volunteers are needed to prepare, serve and clean up during a Thanksgiving dinner for the needy that will be offered by Southwest Community Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The center, a private agency sponsored by the United Way, also needs contributions of food, money and clothing. Southwest Community Center is at 1601 W. 2nd St. in Santa Ana. Information: (714) 543-8933.
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May 29, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD
The Southwest Community Center, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing and other services to the poor, has selected John J. Collins as its new president. Collins, a longtime member of the center's board, is the mayor of Fountain Valley and joint chairman of the Sanitation Districts of Orange County. He succeeds Tyrone Tripp. For 25 years, the community center has provided hot meals, food bags and household goods to families in need and provided other services.
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December 30, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
A holiday charity drive at five local schools yielded 15,000 pounds of food to benefit children and families in need. Students and faculty at Roch Courreges, Fred Moiola, William T. Newland and Isojiro Oka elementary schools and Samuel E. Talbert Middle School participated. The Southwest Community Center in Santa Ana received the donations. The center has been helping people in need for 25 years. About 200 people a day line up for free meals; more than 1 million have been served.
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August 2, 1997 | JEFF KASS
About 300 pounds worth of canned goods, pancake mix and margarine were delivered to the Southwest Community Center Friday by a local service organization. The Santa Ana-based chapter of SERTOMA usually donates money to the Santa Ana community center and other Orange County organizations, said President-elect Hank Darlington. This year, the organization decided to give food to Southwest as well, collecting donations from group members for the past month.
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December 24, 1992 | SHELBY GRAD
The Christmas carols, parades and decorations that in most years would fill Rosa with holiday cheer were distressing reminders this year of her family's money problems. Rosa's husband had trouble finding work, forcing her to tighten the family budget. As Christmas rolled around, said the Santa Ana woman, who did not want her last name used, her family was unable to afford gifts. But on Wednesday, Rosa got some help.
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December 4, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ
Connie Jones, 38. Occupation: Executive Director of the Southwest Community Center Address: 1601 W. 2nd St., Santa Ana, Calif. 92703. (714) 547-4073. With the holiday season in full swing, the pace is frenetic at the nonprofit Southwest Community Center in Santa Ana. In broken Spanish, Connie Jones directs a frail senior citizen to the kitchen to get a free hot lunch, then answers a question from a telephone caller.
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August 2, 1997 | JEFF KASS
About 300 pounds worth of canned goods, pancake mix and margarine were delivered to the Southwest Community Center Friday by a local service organization. The Santa Ana-based chapter of SERTOMA usually donates money to the Santa Ana community center and other Orange County organizations, said President-elect Hank Darlington. This year, the organization decided to give food to Southwest as well, collecting donations from group members for the past month.
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May 29, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD
The Southwest Community Center, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing and other services to the poor, has selected John J. Collins as its new president. Collins, a longtime member of the center's board, is the mayor of Fountain Valley and joint chairman of the Sanitation Districts of Orange County. He succeeds Tyrone Tripp. For 25 years, the community center has provided hot meals, food bags and household goods to families in need and provided other services.
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December 24, 1994 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Continuing her grandmother's legacy of goodwill, Connie J. Jones, 42, has been serving Christmas dinners to the needy for the past 22 years at Southwest Community Center. Founded in 1969, the program grew from a food and clothes distribution center out of her grandmother's garage to a full social service agency now assisting about 660 regular clients, Jones said.
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November 24, 1994
Volunteers are needed to prepare, serve and clean up during a Thanksgiving dinner for the needy that will be offered by Southwest Community Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The center, a private agency sponsored by the United Way, also needs contributions of food, money and clothing. Southwest Community Center is at 1601 W. 2nd St. in Santa Ana. Information: (714) 543-8933.
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December 24, 1992 | SHELBY GRAD
The Christmas carols, parades and decorations that in most years would fill Rosa with holiday cheer were distressing reminders this year of her family's money problems. Rosa's husband had trouble finding work, forcing her to tighten the family budget. As Christmas rolled around, said the Santa Ana woman, who did not want her last name used, her family was unable to afford gifts. But on Wednesday, Rosa got some help.
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December 4, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ
Connie Jones, 38. Occupation: Executive Director of the Southwest Community Center Address: 1601 W. 2nd St., Santa Ana, Calif. 92703. (714) 547-4073. With the holiday season in full swing, the pace is frenetic at the nonprofit Southwest Community Center in Santa Ana. In broken Spanish, Connie Jones directs a frail senior citizen to the kitchen to get a free hot lunch, then answers a question from a telephone caller.
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December 25, 1986 | ANDY ROSE, Times Staff Writer
Annie Mae Tripp of Santa Ana, a great-grandmother who devoted her life to feeding hungry people in Orange County, is dead at 73. Mrs. Tripp, who would have served Christmas dinner at Santa Ana's Southwest Community Center for the 18th year Wednesday, had suffered from a heart condition. She had undergone surgery last week at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital to clear arteries, according to a daughter-in-law, Nina Tripp. Mrs.
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February 9, 1991 | ZION BANKS
As a child, Connie Jene Jones watched and helped her grandmother cook meals and pass out clothes to the poor every day--and later avoided questions about whether she would carry on this work someday. It was, she said, too much responsibility, too great a task. Her grandmother, Annie Mae Tripp, before her death in 1986, was feeding about 400 people a day at the Southwest Community Center that she founded in Santa Ana.
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February 9, 1991 | ZION BANKS
As a child, Connie Jene Jones watched and helped her grandmother cook meals and pass out clothes to the poor every day--and later avoided questions about whether she would carry on this work someday. It was, she said, too much responsibility, too great a task. Her grandmother, Annie Mae Tripp, before her death in 1986, was feeding about 400 people a day at the Southwest Community Center that she founded in Santa Ana.
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August 11, 1990 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More and more people flock to Southwest Community Center. In the mornings, it is singles, often homeless men, who wait in line at the one-time pet shop for a hot breakfast. At lunch, more destitute people show up for dry sandwiches that are at least a better deal than foraging through trash cans.
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