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Change the world, don’t just fly above it.

I wish that Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, and that dude from Virgin Atlantic would join me in something truly world changing .

Ending homelessness is not rocket sciene. I was raised around rocket scientists by aerospace engineer. I was surrounded by nerds and teachers and I know that rocket science is so much easier than any homelessness. But I also know that I could end homelessness if I were given the money and the support it would take .I’d like to and homelessness and the city of Los Angeles as a beta test of my theory. Los Angeles has a great infrastructure and it is the home to many tech firms. It has everything you can imagine in a city as far as people and terrains.

everything we need and homelessness is right here. As an individual I cannot access the tools that I need although I totally know how to wield them. I want to set up a system that would end homelessness and make it a sustainable solution. All I’m asking for is the money to amplify my voice and my mission.If you want to go down in history in a way that will not make you look like a blowhard capitalist, if you want to be somebody that future generations admire love and adore and not just a name they heard about – this is the challenge for you.

Reach out and join me.

Beggers

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMen6SDuM/

I am often asked about people who panhandle and beg on the street. People want to know if it’s okay to give the money and how do you select the person you give your money to.

While I do check for tennis shoes and see if their feet are in good condition and look at their skin to see if it’s been exposed to the sun and also look to see if there’s any signs that they live anywhere near the place where they are begging – I’m not going to suggest that you do the same.

I’m going to suggest that you give your money to anybody your heart feels like giving money to. If you feel like giving your money to a store because you are buying something for yourself, do that. If there is a GoFundMe that pools on your heartstrings, donate there. If you see that mother and child who are definitely not homeless on the exit of the 405 freeway at Santa Monica boulevard and you want to give her and her Michael kors purse your dollars, please do that.

Save your money or keep your money but use it as a tool in ways that benefit you and bring you peace.

I am on TikTok

Sorry ya’ll – I have been distracted but have not changed my focus. You can find me also on TikTok with the kids at https://www.tiktok.com/@homelessinlosangeles?lang=en . Like here, it is mostly about Homeless Issues and sprinkled with random observations. I don’t know that WordPress will allow integration of the videos over here. ….

TikTok page

Seeking Safety

As a therapy group activity, yesterday, we took the worksheet from seeking safety that list all of the coping skills, and turn them into pocket size origami hearts.

Although I discussed what seeking safety was and what was written on the paper, I don’t think that everybody understood. I am hoping that in the next few days they take time to look at what they’re carrying around and try it out.

We have our second Seeking Safety group tomorrow – The first one I did was last week.

Seeking Safety

As a therapy group activity, yesterday, we took the worksheet from seeking safety that list all of the coping skills, and turn them into pocket size origami hearts.

Although I discussed what seeking safety was and what was written on the paper, I don’t think that everybody understood. I am hoping that in the next few days they take time to look at what they’re carrying around and try it out.

We have our second Seeking Safety group tomorrow – The first one I did was last week.

Tiny homes in Arcadia

You guys, homelessness is a complex issue. Tiny homes. Shelters. Day centers. Outpatient mental health. Outpatient substance use treatment. Detox and inpatient treatment. Recovery bridge housing. Sober living. Group homes. Shared leases. These are all things that might work for different people. There is no one path that’s correct or effective. And for some people they will be housed and lose their housing over and over again and hopefully eventually be able to remain housed.

The calls for reopening insane asylums? Those are not bad ideas. There are several people that I know who will never be able to be self-sufficient. Bored and cares are too expensive and unable to provide the services that some of our more ill people need in order to be safe and live a life of dignity.

Almost as a big issue. It’s just scary idea. It makes us angry because it makes us scared. Own that and sit with it for a while

Mental Health Jeopardy Type Game

JeopardyLabs

Play here:
https://jeopardylabs.com/play/mental-health-101-62
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Mental Health in Homeless Populations

I kind of thought that my days of doing all night writing and spending Sunday putting together PowerPoints would end at grad school. But here I am.

I did buy myself an iPad pro last weekend so I’ve been putting it to good use. All of my illustrations are my own.

ACEs and the causes of Homelessness

If you really want to be depressed, read on…..

These are the nine major causes of homelessness. The next picture are the 10 areas of adverse childhood experiences with those nine causes of homelessness overlaid into those boxes so you can see how they connect.

I’m not telling you to feel sorry for anybody who’s homeless. I’m asking you to try to understand why we have to be mindful of how we parent and interact with kids because it can lead to homelessness and other unintended side effects for the rest of their lives.

If you ever have a chance to have a conversation with somebody who is really struggling in life, ask them about their childhood and see if this makes any difference and how you feel about the current Homeless issue in LA.

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