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Rose Rios and her Cover the Homeless Ministry

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Rose Rios, 70, with Cover the Homeless Ministry, puts on a dry pair of socks for Andrea Wilt, who lives near Pico Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. Rios goes into the worst parts of South Los Angeles to give people money, blankets, clothes and food. She runs her ministry by herself out of her home.

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Rose Rios gives Andrea Wilt a hug after providing the homeless woman with food, blankets and socks in Los Angeles.

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Ronald Stewart, 32, shows where he was stabbed as Rose Rios, right, and April Montes look on in South Los Angeles. Stewart, Montes and others live in tents along East 45th Street and San Pedro Place in South Los Angeles.

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Rose Rios salutes homeless Air Force veteran Kristy, who was living in her car since she lost her apartment in Los Angeles. Kristy was placed into Veterans Affairs housing the next day with Rios’ help.

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Rose Rios checks in on Maria Diaz, 45, who lives in a tent with her puppies at 53rd Street and Grand Avenue alongside the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles.

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Maria Diaz in her tent with her puppies.

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Rose Rios feeds pie to Donald Shields, 59, who is legally blind and living in an alley in South Los Angeles. Shields is being taken care of by childhood friends Wayne Robinson, 58, right, and Daniel Murray, 59, background.

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Rose Rios helps Aldora Smith, 65, in the alley where she lives with her boyfriend, Daniel Murray, 59, right, in South Los Angeles. Rios was hoping to get them a voucher for a motel room and to address Smith’s medical needs.

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Rose Rios takes Aldora Smith and Daniel Murray to a homeless outreach program.

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Rose Rios and Aldora Smith after social workers said they needed more time to assess Smith’s situation. Rios took Smith back to her rain-soaked tent to collect medicine and clothes, and then drove her and her boyfriend to a church shelter in South Los Angeles.

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Aldora Smith and Daniel Murray at the Bethal Church shelter in South Los Angeles.

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Rose Rios helps sign in Aldora Smith at the church shelter.

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Rose Rios helps Aldora Smith with her cot and blankets at the shelter.

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