Longtime friend of the LACW, Mollie Lowery, who was dedicated to the well being of the skid row homeless, placing chronically homeless people, specifically those with severe mental illness, into housing and much needed treatment, joined the heavenly Cloud of Witnesses on Monday, July 25, after a long struggle with cancer at age 70.
Mollie was co-founder, in 1985, of L.A. Men’s Place, a drop-in center for men, which later became LAMP Community that offered permanent supportive housing, counseling, and other services in a community environment to the mentally challenged of the Row.
She later obtained a ranch in Bishop, California, in the Eastern Sierra’s, where she would take skid row homeless for some time away from the streets and provide them with whatever treatment they needed, including hikes in the mountains as a form of treatment. Most recently she worked as executive director of Housing Works, in Hollywood, strategizing outreach to get homeless people into long-term care.
Mollie was dedicated to each person with whom she worked, treating everyone with dignity and respect, never giving up, no matter what, until she gained their full trust, thus enabling her to provide the housing, critical care, and love needed to rebuild their life. In addition, Mollie would hold her clients accountable for their end of the agreement. They had to set goals and work hard to achieve them, and if they backslid, they had to answer to her. No one got off easy.
She was also a strong critic of city and county officials for their lack of genuine concern for the plight of homeless people and their failure to provide additional housing and ongoing support for those most in need.
Mollie is survived by five brothers and sisters. Without doubt she will be tremendously missed.
Mollie Lowrey, Presente!