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July 22, 1993 | KURT PITZER
At the Bernardi Senior Citizen Multipurpose Center in Van Nuys, volunteers serve a dash of fellowship with every meal. "I don't come here for the food, although it's not bad," said Angela Alongi, 88, between bites of tamale. "I come here to get out of my apartment. If it weren't for this place here I'd go crazy. Staying at home all the time makes me nuts."
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February 28, 2000
The San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council has received a $500,000 grant to expand its senior citizens health-care programs. The grant--to be paid out over three years--was awarded to the nonprofit, nonsectarian agency by the California Endowment, the state's largest private funder of health-care programs, officials said. Council officials said the money will be used to expand case management services at its three Valley multipurpose senior centers.
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May 4, 1999
The San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council has chosen 20th Century Insurance Co. of Woodland Hills to receive its Corporate Human Relations Award for community service. William L. Mellick, president and chief executive, will accept the honor at the council's annual Human Relations Awards dinner Thursday. 20th Century Insurance Co. is a subsidiary of 20th Century Industries, the ninth-largest personal auto insurance stock company in the United States.
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January 17, 2000 | ANN L. KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a day when parades, speeches and celebrations honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and work, Ronald Dyers Jr. embodies the slain civil rights leader's dream of a colorblind society. Dyers, who will turn 19 on Tuesday, is the son of a white mother and a black father. He grew up in North Hills with his mother and her children from other relationships--a white older sister and three younger brothers fathered by a Latino man. "What Martin Luther King did made me in a way," Dyers said.
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August 1, 1987 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles City Council committee on Friday recommended that the nonprofit agency operating the Wachs Multipurpose Senior Center in North Hollywood remain on the job. The city's Department of Aging has urged City Council to break its ties with Valley Interfaith Council, which provides meals, counseling, day care and legal advice each week to hundreds of elderly users of the center.
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June 9, 1992 | JOHN DART
The Rev. Allyn D. Axelton, campus minister at Cal State Northridge, has been nominated as president of the Valley Interfaith Council, a 275-congregation body with an annual budget of nearly $2.7 million for its social service and inter-religious work. If he is elected as expected at the June 17 annual meeting of the multi-faith council, Axelton, a United Methodist clergyman, will succeed the Rev. Charlotte Shivvers, minister of the Sepulveda Unitarian-Universalist Society, in the one-year post.
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August 1, 1996 | JOHN DART
Rabbi Bernard Cohen, retiring at 66 and turning over control of his 12-year-old Clergy Network to a newly formed clergy council in the San Fernando Valley, received unusual praise Wednesday at a luncheon marking the transition. One speaker termed the outspoken Cohen diplomatically as "unique." The Rev. Jeff Utter of Chatsworth Congregational Church called the Reform rabbi "idiosyncratic."
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February 28, 2000
The San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council has received a $500,000 grant to expand its senior citizens health-care programs. The grant--to be paid out over three years--was awarded to the nonprofit, nonsectarian agency by the California Endowment, the state's largest private funder of health-care programs, officials said. Council officials said the money will be used to expand case management services at its three Valley multipurpose senior centers.
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July 15, 1995 | JOHN DART
The Rev. Jeff Utter, a United Church of Christ pastor in Chatsworth, will represent the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council on Monday at a congressional subcommittee hearing in Palms on school prayer. The House Judiciary Committee's Constitutional Subcommittee has been holding hearings around the country on a proposed Religious Equality Amendment.
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May 9, 1992 | MYRON LEVIN
The Valley Interfaith Council and Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar) are sponsoring a "Spiritual Awakening" today to reflect on the violence that followed the verdicts in the Rodney G. King beating case. More than a dozen religious leaders from various faiths are expected to speak at the event, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Van Nuys. The public is invited to attend, said Ken Castro, director of development for the interfaith council.
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May 4, 1999
The San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council has chosen 20th Century Insurance Co. of Woodland Hills to receive its Corporate Human Relations Award for community service. William L. Mellick, president and chief executive, will accept the honor at the council's annual Human Relations Awards dinner Thursday. 20th Century Insurance Co. is a subsidiary of 20th Century Industries, the ninth-largest personal auto insurance stock company in the United States.
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May 3, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three decades ago, a handful of residents looked across the San Fernando Valley and didn't exactly like what they saw: a predominantly white suburb with little interaction among people of different races, cultures and religions. The 11 men and women of Jewish, Protestant, Catholic and Unitarian faiths set out to break down the barriers that kept people of diverse religious and racial backgrounds apart. These visionaries gathered in a local priest's study on Nov.
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March 28, 1998 | JOHN DART
The San Fernando Valley's only congregation in the homosexual-oriented worldwide Metropolitan Community Churches celebrates its 25th anniversary Sunday, after surviving threats that had a former pastor wearing a bulletproof vest and the deaths of 80 members from the AIDS epidemic. The 115-member North Hollywood church will be congratulated by the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council and the denomination's founder, the Rev. Troy Perry.
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June 28, 1997 | JOHN DART
With a $4-million yearly budget, the 33-year-old San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council runs an array of programs serving the homeless, the homebound, senior citizens and the disabled. But despite its "interfaith" name, the council attracts relatively few religious groups from outside Judaism and Christianity. However, the Rev.
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August 1, 1996 | JOHN DART
Rabbi Bernard Cohen, retiring at 66 and turning over control of his 12-year-old Clergy Network to a newly formed clergy council in the San Fernando Valley, received unusual praise Wednesday at a luncheon marking the transition. One speaker termed the outspoken Cohen diplomatically as "unique." The Rev. Jeff Utter of Chatsworth Congregational Church called the Reform rabbi "idiosyncratic."
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May 3, 1987
In the article "Shelter for Homeless Outlasts Its Travails" by Patricia Klein (April 6), several implications were made regarding the Valley Interfaith Council's past and current participation in the Valley Shelter. While we don't deny that problems existed in starting the shelter and that we are pleased with the changes new management has brought, we feel the reporter omitted several pertinent facts from the story. Over a 24-month period, the council negotiated with a group advocating a shelter for Valley homeless.
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July 20, 1996 | John Dart
Following a shaky start, the first multi-faith clergy association serving the San Fernando Valley has found a timely issue to rally around: church burnings. The Valley Interfaith Clergy Council is asking congregations to devote part of their services next weekend to decry the rash of arson fires at black churches around the country and to discuss the implications for race relations.
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February 22, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
For their public service and dedication to human relations in the Valley, U.S. Rep. Anthony Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills) and Cal State Northridge President Blenda Wilson will be among the honorees at the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council's "Heartbeat of the Valley" Human Relations Awards Dinner tonight at the Warner Center Marriott. The fifth annual awards dinner recognizes corporate, community and religious leaders and public servants from the region.
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