The tiny evangelical church has been playing an outsized role in the largely Hispanic community for the past 80 years. The 60-member house of worship was seen as a beacon of hope for the sick, elderly and needy.
Throughout the 1990s, the church provided food for AIDS patients, legal advice for new immigrants and temporary housing for the homeless. To this day, many of the people who lived in the roughly half-dozen church-owned apartments upstairs were parishioners who moved in years ago in need of a helping hand.
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