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Our History and Impact

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St. James Inn has served over 1,100 families and has provided over 27,000 guest days.


St. James Inn was founded in 1988 by Fr. Patrick Traynor, CSP, a UCLA Medical Center chaplain, who observed family members of patients sleeping in the lobby of the hospital or in their cars because they could not afford the cost to stay in a local hotel. Fr. Pat dreamed of providing a “home away from home,” for families of critically ill patients who must travel far from their homes for treatment and find the cost of lodging an impossible financial burden.

Fr. Pat Traynor’s greatest gift was his ability to organize volunteers to implement his vision, to teach others ways to stretch themselves in service to those less fortunate, and provide opportunities for doing so. Thanks to his inspiration and unflagging dedication, St. James Inn has served as a haven for patients and their families of all faiths from all over the world.  We strive to help families find respect, compassion, and dignity during their times of greatest need. 

 Since our inception in 1988, St. James Inn has served over 1,800 guests from 28 countries, 38 states, and 181 California cities.

Our Team

Jill Plumb

Director of Development

Patti McGovern


Board of Directors
All members of the Board financially support St. James Inn and its programs, and meet on a quarterly basis.

Jason Kearnaghan

Sheppard Mullin


Daniel Murphy

Future Tech Metals, Inc.

Vice President

Robert K. Davis

Korbel Capital, LLC


Alena Tabora

Community Volunteer



Ashley Busuttil, M.D.
UCLA Department of Medicine

Vin Di Bona
Vin Di Bona Productions

Jessica Jensen Dixon

Blue Duck Media

Douglas Farmer, M.D.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Beth Kerns Ness

Touchdown Ventures

Merritt Loughran


Matt McCoy

Actor, Producer

Laurie Munoz-Flores
ELZ Entertainment LLC


Alix Goodwin Olavarria

AGO Wellbeing

David Reilly
Ares Management

Robert Thomason

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth

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