26 MAY, 2016. Margie Buttitta SSL and her brother, Chuck Buttitta, were honored last month by the South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project (SCLAMP) for their years of service to the organization. Co-founded by Sr Margie, South Central LAMP’s mission is to provide a supportive, nurturing environment for economically poor women and their families. This is done by offering educational programs that empower women and their families to reach full potential, build self-esteem, and strengthen mutual interdependent relations.
According to SCLAMP, “In 1995, Sr Margie Buttitta accepted a leadership role in the formation of a collaborative women religious project in South Central Los Angeles called South Central LAMP. With a focus on high-risk families in one of the poorest areas of South Central, Sr Margie relied heavily on her experiences in Brasil, working in small Christian communities and especially with women. Along with her co-director, Yoly Vega SSS, Sr Margie launched new programs, which focused on parenting skills, English classes, and workshops on topics such as self-esteem, nutrition and healthy functioning families. Her brother Chuck Buttitta spent a majority of his 31-year career with the Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT unit. He invited fellow officers to help him provide Christmas gifts to SCLAMP children who would otherwise have few or no gifts to open on Christmas Day.”
To read more about Sr Margie and Chucks SCLAMP Award, click on the latest edition of Musings, our monthly newsletter - Issue 53.