What a week!
While the Los Angeles Times' editorial series was shining a brilliant light on the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, Imagine LA was out in the community showing how everyone can be part of the solution...
Organized by the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement, Days of Compassion Civic University is a 3-day convening of faith communities – congregants, lay leaders, clergy and advocates. The goal is to develop a strong foundation for homeless service partnership, sharing comprehensive education, resources, and best practices.
Imagine LA and others presented to hundreds of faith community leaders and activists at Day One: Homelessness 101 at the Islamic Center of Southern California, providing an overview of homelessness in L.A. and how faith communities can be part of the solution.
Bravo to our very own Sam Randolph (photo credit: Dana Ross), who described his arduous journey out of homelessness to 350+ attendees at Stories from the Frontline: Ending Homelessness through Supportive Housing at the Ebell of Los Angeles. His mentor and Imagine LA Board Member Scott Sale also spoke. Sam and his fellow CSH Speak Up! Advocates are trained to tell their stories to groups of all sizes to educate them about how critical supportive housing is to breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Our team was instrumental in organizing and publicizing the event and we signed up 24 volunteer mentors on the spot.
Board members and friends were treated to a truly special night and discussion at L.A.'s architectural gem, The Stahl House, Case Study House #22, many thanks to Board member Bret Parsons.
All week... and then some.
Through the Momenta workshop, volunteer photographer Ray Alvarestorres found Imagine LA and offered his time and talent to help us tell the story of what we do through beautiful images. We are tremendously grateful. Ray's photos are featured here and you’ll be seeing many more soon – on our web site, Instagram and Facebookpages, and annual report.