Caterina's Club's mission is to provide warm meals, affordable housing assistance, and job training to homeless and
low-income families throughout Southern California. It is supported by a vision where we are creating a modicum of
consistency in these children's lives through something as simple yet meaningful as a nightly dinner.
This overarching vision that started as preventing children in motels going to bed hungry has turned into
3,880 vulnerable children receiving a meal every night at 68 sites
throughout LA and Orange Counties; 184 families have been placed in permanent housing in
safe neighborhoods through our Welcome Home program, and 132 teens have been trained
through the Hospitality Academy at four Anaheim High Schools. Our vision is to provide every child the resources,
love, and encouragement they need to be healthy, safe, and educated.
It all started with Mamma Caterina. Bruno and his mother, Caterina, visited the Boys and Girls Club
of Anaheim down the street from his restaurant (Anaheim White House), where his mother noticed that there was a
6-year old boy eating potato chips for dinner, because his family couldn’t afford a proper meal. Caterina insisted
that Bruno make some pasta for the child. They soon realized that there were many more of these hungry 'motel
children', so Bruno began making pasta for 72 children, 5 nights a week, giving birth to our program "Feeding the
Kids in America". Today, that event has expanded to feeding over 17,900 children a week. Frustrated that feeding the
children was not enough, Bruno began a second program called "Welcome Home", where we provide qualified families,
living in the dark environment of a motel, with the necessary resources to move into the safety and stability of an
apartment or condo.