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Mother’s Day at Fred Jordan Mission

Mother’s Day flowers
Women receive flowers on Mother’s Day near the Fred Jordan Mission in downtown Los Angeles, where a banquet was held for about 2,000 disadvantaged mothers and their families. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Mother’s Day banquet
Joy Dean Whitmore, 73, of Los Angeles is joined at the banquet by many other mothers, who each got a flower and gift bag. The late Rev. Fred Jordan, who opened the mission for men in 1944, had told his wife that a mother’s touch was needed to run the operation. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Mother and daughter
Jeanette Whitmore, 51, celebrates at the feast with her mother, Joy Dean Whitmore. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
One mother
Maria Luisa Contreras, 65, was not able to spend the day with her children, but she said, “Today is a beautiful day not to be sad.” (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Mother and child
Elena Sanchez, 34, holds Fausto Martinez Jr., 2, as she prays during the sit-down meal of baked chicken and greens. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Mother and son
Carolyn Jones, 47, who lives at the Union Rescue Mission with her three sons, holds son Tyron Jones, 6, at the annual gathering. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)