I had intended to give my sister's old prom dresses to the group that puts on the prom dress event for low income folks. I think I might have missed the window. But I saw this piece on one young woman's ingenuity and resilience and I had to share it. Super lovely story!
On a darker note, here is an editorial about a lost opportunity to create permanent housing for homeless and transitional folks. One the one hand, I wholeheartedly agree that this is a missed opportunity,. On the other hand, I see supervisor Molina's point - not all transitional housing has to be in downtown LA. The rest of the city should open their front and backyards to all the people of the city. After all, for years, we know that folks were being dumped in downtown LA. However, squabbling over shoulds and shoudn'ts won't help people get off the street. The proposed plan sounds a lot like The Coffee Shop in Albuquerque... it might work.
In contrast, here is a piece on a guy who tracks (and supports) development programs in his backyard. He calls it YIMBY -- Yes in my backyard. Of course, he is not all jazzed about programs to help homeless -- he is into new buildings. Just offering it as a contrast to the article above.
Not all people are afraid to work with the folks on skid row ... here is a piece on three coaches volunteering time to do life coaching with some women looking to put their lives back together. They found the secret was listening:
"The coaches scrapped the textbook approach and relied on the women to guide them. "We asked and we listened and we learned what they needed," said Marigrace Gleason."Helping folks takes work and commitment. I am glad there are those who are willing to put in the work.
Lastly very late on April 14th a total eclipse of the moon will begin -- ultimately it will make the moon appear red til about 1:30am (Pacific)... but it's only natural.