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’sContinue reading “ACEs and the causes of Homelessness”

Using homeless people as your male ticket

I am so angry right now that I cannot go pick up my work cell phone. I’m livid, I’m disgusted, and I’m afraid I might say something terrible. Right now there is a very vulnerable person in a hotel room. He is homeless and needed a place to stay and so we’ve put him inContinue reading “Using homeless people as your male ticket”

Each One ,Teach One

I am handing over my baby – the Homeless Housing and Recovery Project to a new Program Coordinator. I am so used to my perspective on homelessness that I never took the time to think about how to explain it and teach it to others. When I was the project lead I made and enforcedContinue reading “Each One ,Teach One”

Old hands and the guitar

Today I sat down with a gentleman I’ve been trying to talk to you for months. he usually doesn’t speak to me because he can’t. he is so busy dealing with the voices in his head and waving them off and talking back to them that he can’t interact with other people. Every time IContinue reading “Old hands and the guitar”

Give a little and clutch your pearls less, Arcadia California

I am still on the city of Arcadia’s Facebook page for residents and people who have been old school residents of that little city, 19 miles east of Los Angeles. I loved growing up there. It was a perfect place to be a kid. I did little league, dance classes through the community, I volunteeredContinue reading “Give a little and clutch your pearls less, Arcadia California”

Love is Trans-formative

Love changes you. Love for something outside of yourself allows you to change the world. Love for your fellow man makes you want to make the world a better place for everyone. You may, or may not, know that I used to be a Sunday school teacher and I am a practicing Methodist which isContinue reading “Love is Trans-formative”

Why Choose a Freeway Underpass

Homelessness is many things – but to you and I – it is a visual blight. Tents and boxes and grocery carts and clothes and trash cover the sidewalks lining the street under the freeway overpass. It is loud and car sounds echo – gas fumes linger and can’t escape which creates terrible air qualityContinue reading “Why Choose a Freeway Underpass”

Chuck – a Profile of a Skid Row Resident

Chuck has waxy islands of skin floating in his lank hair, a mild case of acne and a food encrusted shirt that fits like he is Gus Gus from Disney’s Cinderella movie. Like Gus, our hero is popular and generally jovial. He is also what my Grandma would call “simple”. Chuck is a product ofContinue reading “Chuck – a Profile of a Skid Row Resident”

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