By Wendy Fawthrop | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterDecember 13, 2017 at 7:31 pm A couple living along the Santa Ana River Trail talks to members of Cal State Fullerton’s SINC club on Sept. 28 about what their lives are like. (Photo courtesy of Vanessa Ganaden)Members of Cal State Fullerton’s SINC club tour a homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River on Sept. 28 to talk with some residents about what products or services would improve their life. (Photo courtesy of Vanessa Ganaden) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMariah Maldon jots down her team’s ideas of how homeless people might feel on an empathy map, one part of the design thinking process. (Photo by Wendy Fawthrop, Orange County Register/SCNG)Students present their Greets N’ Beets farm idea during a critique at Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 9. From left are Jesse Heitman, Vipul Dalwar, Danielle Picard, Emanuele Protano and Karen Kaur. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register/ SCNG)A … [Read more...] about Cal State Fullerton students apply ‘design thinking’ to help the homeless
Why helping the homeless is important
The temperature was below zero with the windchill, but Charles Spray and his wife Tara were outdoors, bundled inside a tent, surrounded by blankets and warming themselves around a propane heater and a tin containing Sterno. They were not interested in staying in one of Louisville’s shelters — making them two of the 118 people who stayed outside that night, according to the Coalition for the Homeless’ annual count. Charles Spray said that they avoid shelters because they fear bed bugs and theft and have had bad experiences with other shelter users. “It’s not because we’re doing drugs or anything,” Spray said. “It’s because of those things that I just said and the people.” The reasons that Louisville’s homeless refuse shelter are numerous, including mental illness, criminal records and a wish to avoid others, who could steal their belongings or pose a threat. Yet, outreach workers continue to try to convince people to come … [Read more...] about When the homeless refuse shelter, are we doing enough?
Dan Shea, left, and Peter Seidler in one of three temporary homeless shelters in San Diego. (Photo by Jamie Lyle Scott) The Padres’ Peter Seidler and Donovan’s Dan Shea Assemble a Working Group to Tackle one of the City’s Most Pressing Social Problems By the SD METRO Editorial Board “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing,” said Walt Disney. It was this mantra that drove a small group of local business leaders to act in a humanitarian effort to help fellow San Diegans off the dangers of the street and into temporary housing. After decades of problems the city of San Diego faced: Political upheaval; a pension crisis; the Great Recession that affected cities across the country; the woes of whether or not to put measures on the ballot that would increase the Tourist Occupancy Tax (TOT) to expand the convention center; and the threat – and then follow-through of the San Diego Chargers, who had called our city home since 1961, … [Read more...] about Powerful Advocates for the Homeless, San Diego Metro Magazine
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Michigan football goes sightseeing in Paris Tuesday Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo University of Michigan wide receivers Donovan-Peoples Jones (left) and Nico Collins mug for the camera during the football team's visit to Sacre Coeur (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) while sightseeing in Paris Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Angelique Chengelis, The Detroit News Fullscreen Buy Photo University of Michigan football players and other tourists visit Sacre Coeur (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris). Angelique Chengelis, The Detroit News Fullscreen Buy Photo University of Michigan football players pose for a photo in front of Sacre Coeur (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris). Angelique Chengelis, The Detroit News Fullscreen Buy Photo Michigan football players Drew Singleton (left) and Chuck Filiaga ride the carousel at … [Read more...] about UM players help feed homeless in Paris
The yellow afternoon light peeked through the thin openings of Jasmine Castillo’s kitchen window blinds. The rising steam from a giant pan glimmered in its path as she tapped a spoon against the metal, ready to scramble a batch of eggs. The senior studying public health administration at Fresno State had spent the morning of her 24th birthday on April 13 preparing burritos for the homeless people living in tents outside Poverello House in downtown Fresno. The tradition was started four years ago on her 21st birthday, an occasion typically celebrated with a big night out to celebrate newly-acquired privileges. But throwing a party and going out for her first adult drink was a privilege Castillo was willing to pass up. “For me growing up, people always wanted to drink,” she said. “And I was just like, it was never a thing for me. Why do we have to do that?” So she had an idea. “How about we do something more positive? More beneficial.” … [Read more...] about Would you spend your birthday feeding the homeless? This student did.