Los Angeles-based People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) will honor John Gruen, assistant professor of clinical neurological surgery as a “PATH Angel” at its 18th annual spring luncheon on May 28.
The event honors individuals and organizations who have shown “unyielding commitment and devotion to helping the homeless and those who are less fortunate.” Past honorees include: Bishop Desmund Tutu, Coretta Scott King, Larry King, Ed McMahon and Peter Ueberroth.
PATH spokeswoman Liz Hagan said that Gruen was specifically honored for “his continuous support of PATH, especially his work in the PATHHealth Clinic.”
“He has been a mentor, educator, facilitator and instructor for our staff, clients and volunteers. Each angel was selected based on their dedication to helping end homelessness, not manage it,” Hagan said.
PATH is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by empowering people with the tools for self-sufficiency. PATH was founded in 1984 by a coalition of churches, synagogues, businesses and individuals to respond to the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles. Initially a single-site agency, PATH has since grown into a multi-facility organization that provides a wide range of coordinated services for homeless individuals throughout Los Angeles County.