A Good Little Shepherd You Can Be
I attended The Good Shepherd Center's Gala this past Saturday night at the Beverly Regent Wilshire as the guest of my mentor whose company had sponsored a table. I am lucky enough to attend quite a few galas but this particular evening knew nothing about the organization before I got there. I was so impressed with both the presentation, the attendees and the experience overall. Their video really hit home to the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles - especially considering women and children.
Part of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, this charity is part of the Catholic Charities, and their work is truly amazing. Women and children have an especially hard time on the streets regarding violence and abuse, not to mention lack of education or health care. The Good Shepherd Center provides a invaluable service - the opportunity to move into a transitional residential center for up to one year to allow residents to get their life together. As a result over 70% leave with jobs and almost all with at least a GED.
Why is homelessness in Los Angeles reaching such a critical mass? A quote from their website:
Homelessness is a shattering experience. It disrupts every aspect of life, damaging physical and emotional health. A 2005 study by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) found that in Los Angeles County, more than 230,000 people experience homelessness each year and more than 91,000 are homeless on any given night. Nearly half are women and children. Of the total homeless population, only 9,875 are in shelters.