Food Drive Tips

This weekend is the Stamp Out Hunger , letter carriers food drive. 

Here are some tips to make your donations go as far as possible: 

Food Drive tips

It may be awhile before your food is sorted so please donate items that do not need to be refrigerated before being given out.

Breakable items tend to break and squishable items like bread had to get squished so make sure your packaging is sturdy.

You might love sardines and other Specialty Foods, but we don’t know what the people who are receiving the food will like. Common and traditional food are the best donations because they can  be given out to most anyone.

Donating things may make you feel really great and it is a good opportunity to clean out your cabinets of food that you fight but me never eat. With that in mind, please check the expiration dates on your food because we cannot donate food that has already expired.

Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General | Homeless in LA ©

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

The neighborhood of Silverlake in Los Angeles has a community council that is on the ball

The Good Rev Andy Bales of Union Rescue Mission.

I love Andy Bales and there is nothing you can do about it. He is a wee bit intimidating because he is all business and knows his stuff and all the players in the game. I feel very much like the Soccer Mom Social Worker that I am when he is around. However, if you want to know what keeps people down and who the local leaders are that are lifting them up – he is your man.

Mollie Lowrey – You could save 3 lives a day for the next 20 years and still not do as much good for the world as this lady has.

Full discosure, I stalked the skid row agency  ( LAMP) she founded for 6 months before they hired me – I believe in her that much. Her most recent venture is staffed by people who have taught me lasting lessons about homelessness. check them out here


John Best                Celina Alvarez        Gerald Minsk

(John taught me how to speak to people in crisis and understand what homelessness really is)

(Celina has always had it together and taught me to smile at everyone, all the time – also I say “folks” because she does)

(Gerald knows all the ins and outs of Social Security and Disability and other benefits)

(Alicea Polk – one of the nicest and smartest women I ever worked with.)

If you ever have the chance to connect with any of these 3 people, do it! I am very jealous that they all work together without me.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty  – Read everything they publish

Natalie Profant Komuro Natalie : life changer by day and super model by night? (I am speculating here, we all know it could happen)

Proving you can look like a supermodel and show compassion like a saint  – Glendale California has Natalie. Follow her Twitter @Aanacapa and her lead at the Ascencia agency

Joel John Roberts at ePath

Joel John Roberts, the Pied Piper of my Social Worker friends

Several of my friends and coworkers have gone to work for PATH and have never regretted it.

via Who I Read / Meet / Tweet / Follow to Learn More on Homelessness in General | Homeless in LA ©.

Are Homeless People Citizens ? Will the Sheriff’s Department Care About the Answer?

Do they even count? Should they vote? Are they individuals who matter or are they a collective lump that needs to be disassembled and scattered to other places? The Los Angeles Sheriff race had a debate tonight and not one candidate called this group “people”. This population is referred to as “The Homeless” the way I refer to ‘The Cancer” Or ‘The Trash”. Not one candidate discussed the thousands of citizens who are possibly registered voters as a constituent group with needs worth addressing. Yes, it is ugly to do down Seventh Street from the Wilshire Grand down and out of the financial district until your car slows to a crawl in allowance for the shopping carts and crush of people sleeping on sidewalks and meandering on the street like my kids hang out on the front yard. It smells bad -skid row smells like a 5 day old diaper left to molder under a bed. Businesses find it difficult to get customers in doors blocked by bodies. But Homelessness isn’t a blight -it is a PLIGHT. it is a side effect of failing schools and high school drop outs, low paying entry level jobs, a crazy housing market and domestic violence. What we see and smell are so very rarely life cgoices, they are states of living for human beings who can not see or get to other options.

Get on the bus, Gus
Candidate Bob Olmsted would give bus tickets to “the homeless” to send them home.

A bus ticket is not a solution. Los Angeles is a home. A street corner is a valid address to use when registering to vote. Listening and reading about tonight’s debate made me ever more thankful that I live and play where the Foothill Division of the LAPD, Burbank police and Arcadia police have jurisdiction -because if the future leader of the Sheriff Department won’t call an entire class of citizens “people”, I wonder if they will see fit to protect the entire population they are assigned to – or just the people they feel will politically and financially benefit them.

Pizza and Mojo Potatoes to Stop Summer Hunger

Shakey’s and MEND – bring summer hunger to an end
July 9th*** (Thursday) at Shakey’s Sylmar – 13701 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342
August 19th (Monday) at Shakey’s Northridge – 10340 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA 91326
MEND will receive 20% of your food purchases (not including beverages).

***Join MEND staff and their families between 6-8 PM on July 9th.

Thank you for supporting MEND!