Happy Juneteenth, Fam! Here are some thoughts about what today means to me and my people and the country and how far we still must go: As a Black man in the United States of America, I am proud of our country today, because Juneteenth is now officially a federal holiday. Today is a… Read more

Black History Month Questions for Troy

For Black History Month, we took the time to sit down and have a candid discussion with Pastor Troy on his reflections on Black identity, joy, and promoting resiliency in the community. Black Americans represent a disproportionate majority of those experiencing homelessness and those effected by the Covid-19 Crisis? What do you feel are… Read more

MLK Day 2021

Over 50 years ago today, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made an indelible mark on the history of the United States as a champion for social justice and civil rights. He was first and foremost a man led by his faith and was a proud 3rd-generation preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.… Read more

Yea or Nay on Prop H, Services for the Homeless Must Go On

This fall, residents of Los Angeles will vote on Proposition H, a $1.2-billion bond measure to fund the development of new housing for the homeless. The Homelessness Reduction and Prevention, Housing, and Facilities Bond brings high-level exposure to an issue that continues to plague the city, which has one of the largest homelessness rates… Read more

Why It’s My Privilege to Volunteer

I have been a volunteer at Los Angeles Mission since June 2014, shortly after I moved to LA from the Greater Cincinnati Area. I was referred to CEO Herb Smith, via Roger Howell at City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati where I previously volunteered. When I first met with Herb, I immediately felt the presence of something special. I… Read more

When College Students Can’t Come Home for Thanksgiving

November: It’s a time to give thanks, and for many, it’s a time to come home for Thanksgiving. For college students, it often marks their first trip back since the semester began. But for up to 58,000 students who identify as “homeless” on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid,” there is no home to come… Read more