Articles in homelessness
The Los Angeles Clippers are making an impact in Los Angeles and not just on the basketball court! They recently spruced up the library / computer room at The Salvation Army’s Westwood Transitional Village with 11 computers, 10 computer chairs, 10 pairs of headphones, 1 printer, 20 mini iPads, 1 Macbook Pro and one iPad cart that will be used to store and charge the Minis.
Saira’s story is not unusual. Fleeing a relationship that left her hurting and infected with HIV, she needed to start over somewhere safe. She came to Los Angeles with her kids and found Alegria. She’s received support from the caring and loving staff in an environment where her diagnosis is well-understood.
Real estate powerhouse CBRE has a sweet program – called Birthday Cakes and More for Homeless Children – as part of its corporate responsibility plan. We’re thrilled that they chose The Salvation Army’s Zahn Memorial Center, the only emergency family shelter in downtown, to launch their Los Angeles effort.
With the arrival of Spring, The Salvation Army in Yuba Sutter, Calif. has begun taking their coffee cart outside so they can greet people who are lining up for social services with a hot cup of joe or a bottle of water in Jesus’ name.
Guy Lee lost his business in 2008. That, on top of his addiction helped plunge Lee and his wife into homelessness until they got some help. As a Vietnam-era veteran, Lee qualified for assistance from the Veterans Administration who hooked him up with The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center in Portland, Oregon.
A year ago Mike Slaughter was in prison for drug possession, serving a 12-month sentence. He knew job opportunities that would allow him to make a living would be few and far between, so he started washing his friend’s cars to make ends meet. Now he washes cars “from the inside out” by appointment all over Los Angeles.