Tagged with Homelessness

This Week at School

I’ve been a bit stuck on my writing; this actually happened last fall as well.  The way work paces out just doesn’t fit well with sitting or reflecting, and I feel it not only in the blog but personally as well.  The end of this season isn’t far, but in the meantime, I decided to … Continue reading

Their Words: the URT

Their Words: the URT

We just finished a full week of training for our 40 student leaders.  I am so glad to have them back around, and so annoyed to have simultaneously fought a head cold all week (gifted to me by on of those students). My favorite piece of our training is the Urban Reality Tour, an experiential learning … Continue reading

Worth It: Project 50 on Skid Row

Last month, L.A. County issued a report on Project 50, an incredibly unique effort to support people experiencing homelessness and mental illness on Skid Row. Unique because it offered help without hoops. Project 50 identified the 50 most vulnerable persons on Skid Row, those most likely to die the soonest without intervention, and offered them a chance … Continue reading

You Gotta Fight, for Your Right

You Gotta Fight, for Your Right

to potty. Don’t worry.  This isn’t a personal post (gross!), it’s about the public potty.  Not just any public potty, the Portland public potty. Recently, Portland has installed a public toilet that is more successful than those in other major cities.  Successful meaning it stays functional and available to the public with minimal interruptions from … Continue reading

How They Do It: Bed Fast

How They Do It: Bed Fast

This week is the National Week of Hunger and Homelessness, devoted to raising awareness and action on behalf of those who experience food insecurity or homelessness in our community.  During the week, our team hosts a variety of events to help engage our school on this issue.  Here are the top three things my students … Continue reading

Sunday Times: Occupy Asks, Where to Pee?

One of my students came in this week as as if I’d seen the L.A. Times piece on the Occupy movement and homelessness.  I had not, and she proceeded to inform me that for many protestors, the experience of residing outside in public spaces was creating a learning experience of sorts.  They were understanding a … Continue reading

Ser and Estar

A few weeks ago, when we spent the night at a mission on Skid Row, I noticed that the packet for the group leader said something like, Thank you for taking time to better understand the lives of those who are experiencing homelessness. It struck me instantly for one main reason.  Usually, we say those who … Continue reading

This night, last night.

This night, last night.

Today I woke up and walked Flop around the neighborhood.  It was a beautiful, clear morning, and since we are surrounded by preserved land, there are green trees and brown hills (sometimes they’re green hills, but goodness knows not in this heat) where ever you look.  It was totally quiet, save for the birds. Yesterday … Continue reading

Power and Permanence

This past year, through work, I became familiar with School on Wheels, an organization that tutors homeless children in the Los Angeles area.  We are partnered with their Downtown Learning Center, a wonderful space at the border of Skid Row where about 30 kids come for regular homework help. Today I was excited to see that the … Continue reading