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Skid Row With "Father Dollar"

Father Maurice Chase is 90 years old. He's a former assistant to the president of Loyola Marymount University who used to spend his days raising money from Los Angeles' rich, famous and philanthropic. But for the past 24 years he's spent his days raising hundreds of thousands of dollars - from some of those same rich, famous and philanthropic Angelenos - to give away on the streets of LA's Skid Row. But there's a twist: Father Chase doesn't put the money into social programs. Despite criticism, he hands it out the money in cold, hard cash.

Last Sunday, the line to greet Father Chase stretched an entire block, in both directions. Before Father Chase, or "Father Dollar," as he is known to many who benifit from his generosity, started handing out $1, $2, $3 and even $100 bills, he suggested that we hop into my car to chat about what has become his life's work.

For pictures of the long lines, check out my Twitter feed, @jacobsoboroff, and scroll down to last Sunday.