The last thing that homeless vets living on the street outside the Veterans Affairs campus in Westwood expected was restaurateur and actor Danny Trejo popping his head into their tents with bowlfuls of barbacoa and grilled chicken on a blistering Thursday last week.
Teaming up with the Everest Foundation, Trejo’s Tacos was on hand for “Bibles and Tacos,” a continued community outreach program to aid the homeless and continue the foundation’s push to expand medical residency training at the V.A. and in hospitals across America.
“We’re all on the Titanic right now looking for a good seat,” Trejo told L.A. Weekly at the busy corner of San Vicente and Wilshire Blvds. “The need to help each other has really come to the forefront right now.”
The Everest Foundation is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization started by Dr. Edwin A.D. Everest that focused on changing the future of medicine by instituting global initiatives such as research, graduate medical education and venture philanthropy.
“We want to get the word out that people see that someone cares,” explained co-founder Dr. Michael Everest about their presence at the V.A. “It’s our job to show love and take care of them. It’s our job as fellow human citizens in this race of humanity, to go out to people who have sacrificed everything for us and say hey, we care.”