I noticed something as I read the LA Times today : I search the photographs of homeless people searching for familiar faces. My breath caught - my heart stopped - and I did a double take because I thought I saw Maria's face outside a tent.
It is unfortunate when you have an unpleasant body smell. Sometimes they can be avoided, but sometimes they are results of lifestyle choices or financial situations. Smokers: breath mints in the inside and Fabreeze on the outside (or stop smoking). Urine leaks : while baby wipes may seem to be the logical answer, a better … Continue reading
There is a purposeful lack of tissues in my office - a reminder of absence that I should not make people cry. However, today I started a flood. A lady going through divorce is afraid to tell supportive agencies that she is homeless and needs help. She wants to hide homelessness from her child's father. … Continue reading A whole bunch of tears
Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General United States Interagency Council on Homelessness National Alliance to End Homelessness: FAQs. New York Homelessness http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/?gclid=COeCmK_D08UCFUuTfgod4DEATA The neighborhood of Silverlake in Los Angeles http://silverlakenc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/homeless_flyer_bilingual.pdf has a community council that is on the ball The Good Rev Andy Bales of Union Rescue Mission. … Continue reading Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General | Homeless in LA ©
It makes me nervous to see folks standing on the side of the rode, the off-ramp, or intersection asking for money. I am afraid FOR them, not of them. Hospitalizations are a common occurrence for someone who falls into traffic or doesn't vacate the roadway fast enough or just wants to be hit by a … Continue reading The People on the Offramp
I see you on the news coverage of the @roseparade, bundled into sleeping bags and laughing, and complaining about the bitter cold. I hear you laughing and drinking and wondering how you can stand the line for the portable potty. It is fun, it is a lark It is just for the night. For you. … Continue reading Sleeping Out for One Night
Sweet baby Jesus, it is crazy. As the holidays draw near, the urgency of human need is crashing down on the heads of social workers, homeless shelters, teachers, family law professionals and the like. Sweet baby Jesus. Did I just say that? Family get together are on the horizon and people need to have success … Continue reading The crazy week
I can tell that homelessness in children has increased dramatically. I know this because I work with homeless parents and my case load has grown and grown like a weed. No. There are not enough shelters for families. Yes, children are sleeping in boxes, on sidewalks, in parking lots, in parks, on kitchen floors, on … Continue reading Yes. There are many homeless children in Los Angeles.
Yes, I have seen some nastiness and met monsters in human form. But those are individual people , they are not the entire species.
A child left in a hot car can die; but some kids call a car home. How do we help them? #hotcar