A FRESH START

By Ralph Davis FREE room and­­ board. Three FREE meals a day. Medical checkups and counseling at no cost. Job training and work readiness training are available. The only requirement? A desire to change your life for the better and willingness to work towards that goal. Whether you are homeless, substance-dependent, a parolee, depressed or…

Bringing Light Into The Darkness

By Ralph Davis Often the House of Hope outreach team will see a person sitting on a corner or in a doorway looking sad and defeated. A team member will approach the person, introduce themselves, and explain what they can do to help the person. But mostly, they listen. The team has no expectations or…

September Editorial

Thank you. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. Perhaps people of my “Baby-boomer” generation will appreciate this and thank me for this reminder. I recently spent over $1200 to get my car inspected and have the necessary repairs done. After I paid I was told “All set” and sent on…

September Letters to the Editor

Editor: I notice several times in your paper, you use the word addiction. Please note it is more proper and preferable to say a person with a substance use disorder. Ted Ted: Thank you for bringing that to our attention. We will be more sensitive to the matter in the future, Be advised though, that we…

All-Girl Engineer Team Invents Solar-Powered Tent For The Homeless

Researched by Ralph Davis Student Daniela Orozco recalls how many homeless people she saw on her way to school when she was a high school freshman. The number of people experiencing homelessness in her area, San Fernando Valley CA, is approximately 7,094 and growing according to the Los Angeles Homeless Agency’s annual count. Daniela and…

As Homelessness Crisis Grows, Trump Administration Makes Few New Efforts

Los Angeles Times As homelessness has worsened in many American cities, including Los Angeles, the Trump administration has largely neglected the issue, proposing few new initiatives and pushing cuts to housing programs that, if adopted, would likely make the crisis worse, according to analysts. In budget proposals, the administration has repeatedly but unsuccessfully tried to…

Remembering Cathy Vasconcelos

A brief service to remember and say goodbye to our dear friend Catherine “Cathy” Vasconcelos was held at the Chapel at St. Josephs Cemetery on August 21st. She will be deeply missed by many.