Storefront Report: 24-hour salvation coming to Echo Park

Echo Park’s late-night scene is dominated by night clubs and bars. But come this spring Echo Park night owls in need of soul searching and prayer will be able to drop in on the Mission Evangelical Palabra Ungida, a Spanish-language evangelical church that has purchased a former auto-repair shop on Alvarado Street south of Sunset Boulevard. Pastor Edgar Calderon said a night club had also looked at the 7,500-square-foot, Spanish-Colonial-style building before his church purchased the 1928 structure. Instead of late night partying, Calderon said he plans to offer evening prayers services as part of a plan to keep the building open 24 hours a day with outreach services aimed at youth, teen moms, drug addicts and other residents in need of assistance. “We change hearts,” said Calderon, whose church will keep its main sanctuary open near MacArthur Park. The Echo Park outpost of Palabra Ungida is scheduled to open April 1.

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