Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Housed a homeless person

Today I invited one of the clients from the Shower of Hope and her dog to come live with me.  Last week she had black eyes and a split lip and she needs to get off the street.
I have a friend/ex-employee staying here also stitching Halloween orders for me. She's unemployed and living in her van.
 And with the girl I brought in last year, that makes 3 I'm providing homes for.  But only 2 will stay for a while.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Shower of Hope - Steven the CPA

Today at The Shower of Hope I met Steven. He approached us with a look I am becoming familiar with, apprehension, need, disbelief, and a bit of shame. He had one of our flyers in his hand, so I welcomed him. He told me he had just become homeless a few days ago. And he hadn't eaten in 2 days. He hadn't showed in a while and had no clothes to change into. He had worked as a CPA for over 20 years at a place within walking distance. His family was all killed in a car accident by a drunk driver and, as he said, he just 'checked out' for a while and lost it all. He cried a bit. And he got Hope at the shower. He got kindness and clothing and food and toiletries and hugs and a shower. It put a noticeable spring in his step. #Hope

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Shower of Hope. Helping the homeless with a mobile shower.

Helped 34 clients at The Shower of Hope today. There were a few new people. A married couple came by who have been living in their car. I think one lost a job and they couldn't afford the rent on only one salary. They still had a bit of the 'I can't believe this has happened to me and I have to accept charity' look in their eyes. They really enjoyed their showers and they both got haircuts.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Kiva loan to Farmline

Made a kiva loan to Farmline.  Farmerline is a global social enterprise using mobile technology to connect farmers to information and vital services that increase profit. ​ Through Farmerline’s 399 service, farmers are able to dial the USSD code “399” on a mobile phone in Ghana and are presented with options to access affordable, genuine inputs, financial literacy education, weather forecasts, as well as weekly updates on market prices, all in their local languages. Farmerline is presented with viable data which is used to connect the farmer to the nearest Famerline in-field workshop, community agent, or distributor. At this point the farmer has the option to obtain the input through a layaway wallet program or input credit scheme. As a result, Farmerline is able to provide the high quality inputs that farmers need to protect their crops and the resources to purchase other services to support their livelihood. Watch and learn how Farmerline's 399 Service is impacting farmers

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Shower of Hope

I volunteer each week at the Shower of Hope, a mobile shower for the homeless.


Today at The Shower of Hope I met Eric. It was his first time at the shower. He just became homeless a month ago. He left an abusive relationship of 7 years. His ex was also his business partner so he lost his job too. His family won't help him because he's gay. He has his stuff stored at a friends parent's place and he is trying not to overburden his friends by couch surfing. He has a degree from UC Santa Barbara and good job experience. He doesn't expect to be homeless long. He said several times that he never, ever thought he would end up where he was. I hear that a lot. Most people don't plan to be homeless.
Eric had the first shower he had in days and a very stylish haircut, a wonderful lunch (including a salad donated by Trader Joes), and he got to spend a few hours in a space with people he could talk to.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Kiva loan for a modern sewing machine

Kurbonoy is really grateful to Kiva lenders for their support and understanding. Only thanks to your support, she could realize her plans and continue her animal husbandry business. It helped her improve her family's financial situation and solve her problems.

Kurbonoy always seeks to advance in life and doesn't want to be complacent about the achieved. Currently she is planning to start an additional business. She learnt how to sew and decided to provide seamstress services. However, to implement her plans she needs your assistance once again. She will use the amount of the provided loan to buy a new sewing machine and will start her new business.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Gold and Drum Bugle Corp

Made a donation to a friends gold and drum bugle corp. Not real sure what it is but he likes it and it makes his world a better place.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Shower of Hope

Was at the Shower of Hope today - 29 showers, 9 hair cuts.

I was speaking to a client for a bit and he said 'wow, for a moment I forgot I was homeless'.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shower of Hope

I helped out at Shower of Hope today.  29 showers, 10 hair cuts. 

Today I met a 22 year old girl Lauren who has just hit the streets 3 days before. She left an abusive relationship and didn't want to go home to an abusive mother. She was contemplating suicide. Luckily she found Maria who has taken her in. Maria is in her late 60s and I've known her for a while, she's very funny and we've spent hours in conversation. Maria lives with her boyfriend in a tent in a homeless camp. She said the men have already been sniffing around Lauren and Maria said she had to have her sleep in her tent her while the boyfriend stood guard last night. 
The wait for a place in a shelter is long. It's improbable she will survive unscathed. #SheDoes deserve safety and protection.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

She Does Matter - homeless women in LA

Spent the night sleeping in a tent on the sidewalk outside city hall of Los Angeles. "camping out in solidarity with the thousands of homeless women who are forced to sleep outside due to the severe lack of shelters in Los Angeles. We are demanding that Mayor Garcetti and the City Council of LA appropriate $20 million in the discretionary budget towards sheltering 1000 women by August 2018. We must have this action as the City budget will be voted on Friady, April 20th, 2018. We are also demanding that the Mayor and City Council promise to take immediate action to secure a minimum of 8 separate locations to accommodate shelters for 1000 women."

She does matter. All women do. And we need to get them off the streets.