Jacqueline Vara

Dr. Jacqueline Vara Brings Extensive Experience to Skid Row

Los Angeles, California — (March 5, 2018) — After an exhaustive search, the Los Angeles Mission has chosen a new director for the Anne Douglas Center for Women, which celebrated its twenty-fifth year in 2017.

Dr. Jacqueline Vara has been selected to lead the women’s center as Vice President of the Women’s and Family Programs. Vara comes to the Mission from Azusa Pacific University where she served as lecturer-adjunct professor. Vara received her Ph.D. from Biola University. She earned her Master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling as well as her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology plus she holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management & Training Development from California State University, Fullerton.

“Dr. Vara brings an extraordinary amount of real world experience along with a wide-ranging academic education to the Anne Douglas Center for Women,” said Herb Smith, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Mission. “The women we serve will undoubtedly be the beneficiaries of her background and training. We see more and more women out of options. This translates to more homeless women showing up on our doorstep. We strive to be better prepared as an organization to understand their unique needs. Our goal is to help women recover and completely restore their lives.”

In addition, Dr. Vara has current state certification in domestic violence advocacy, anti-human trafficking, and human resource management. She has completed state certification in Sexual Assault Victim Services training and program services. Dr. Vara also has broad experience working for nonprofit organizations and government, plus the proficiency reaped from a dozen years of teaching.

“It is heartening to see the Los Angeles Mission’s extensive efforts to help women. The Anne Douglas Center offers a woman everything she needs to reconstruct her life after the harrowing experience of living on the street,” said Dr. Vara. “I am honored to be at the Los Angeles Mission. It is exciting to participate in creating a place of refuge and rest, so the hard work of recovery can happen. Over the past 25 years, the Anne Douglas Center for Women has seen some amazing transformations of women’s lives. I am energized about the opportunity to join this work. What they have done here provides a solid foundation. I look forward to helping create the future here.”

For more than 80 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served the needy of Skid Row, providing emergency services such as shelter, food, clothing, as well as professional medical and dental services. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs including education, job training and placement, transitional housing and counseling.


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