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​Invisible Neighbors…Do You See Them Now?

​Invisible Neighbors…Do You See Them Now?

November 30, 2017

As the rain came down and the temperatures dropped over this last weekend, my thoughts went to the people that I met on Thanksgiving Day at a wonderful community meal at Doheny State Beach. How did they fair last night? Did they get wet? Were they cold? What were they going to wake up to this morning? You see these individuals were homeless ...

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​3 Reasons Why Housing is the Ultimate Need

​3 Reasons Why Housing is the Ultimate Need

November 29, 2017

In less than 500 words, I have been challenged to talk about one of my favorite things: Housing! I have three things to say about housing. First off, when it comes to ending homelessness, and yes I really do believe that we can and will end homelessness in Orange County, there is nothing more important than housing. Nothing. Obviously, someone ...

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The Simple Orange Bag

The Simple Orange Bag

November 28, 2017

Homelessness is a complex issue and the stigma surrounding it is even more multifaceted. How do I know the person standing on the corner is really homeless? What if they are just scamming me? Or worse, what if I give them money and it supports a bad habit? These are questions we get asked almost daily and the answer for me is quite simple. I tr ...

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Everyone Counts…Homelessness Within the LGBTQ Community

Everyone Counts…Homelessness Within the LGBTQ Community

November 27, 2017

Stay in an abusive home or leave with no safe place to go. For many victims of domestic violence, these are their only choices. Domestic violence is one of the primary causes of homelessness for women and their children, who are forced to flee a dangerous situation suddenly and quickly, sometimes without any financial or housing options, in order t ...

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​Slavery Exists in Orange County

​Slavery Exists in Orange County

November 26, 2017

“She stood before me, her right jawbone out of place, her left eye swollen shut with that color of bruising that shows after a few days, her arm in a sling and physical pain from the broken ribs she sustained when her pimp pushed her into oncoming traffic because she didn’t make her cash that night.” I awoke. Yet, as I came to consciousness I reme ...

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​Give Thanks to Street Angels

​Give Thanks to Street Angels

November 25, 2017

Street Outreach Ministry, what does that phrase mean? What does that phrase mean to you? What does it mean to Our Father’s Table - OFT? It means “giving a hand up, not a hand out.” What’s the old adage? Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch a fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” That is what the OFT Street Out ...

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The Year Santa Came to Your House

The Year Santa Came to Your House

November 24, 2017

You remember like it was yesterday - we all do. That year that Santa came to your house. Well he came every year, right? The year you hopped from bed with the sunrise and tore back the wrapping paper to find the number 1 gift on your list. The ONE item that you wished and dreamed about for months. On Christmas morning you woke up and there it was ...

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​How I Connected With My Community

​How I Connected With My Community

November 23, 2017

I first visited Isaiah House in 2004, when HomeAid was evaluating a major upgrade project to give the 100 year-old home a face lift. The home needed a ton of love, additional bathrooms, and a remodeled kitchen that provided hundreds of meals a day to those who are homeless. Additionally, the backyard needed a shade structure, since this was where ...

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​250,000 Children Struggle with Food Insecurity

​250,000 Children Struggle with Food Insecurity

November 22, 2017

Can you imagine not being able to feed your children? Every day families walk through our front door with hungry children, turning to Families Forward as a last resort. Recently, a single mother of four children came to Families Forward in dire need. Listening to the explanation of our Food Pantry services, the woman’s 5 year old son tugged on ...

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Anyone Can Make A Sandwich

Anyone Can Make A Sandwich

November 21, 2017

You’d be surprised what an impact a sandwich can have. When I saw my topic for today, I was immediately reminded of one of my son’s favorite childhood books, “When You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” In the book, a child learns that a single act – in this case, a cookie handed to a mouse – can unleash a chain reaction that has unexpected and vast conseque ...

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