When Shannon Parkhurst was expecting, like far too many women, she often found herself unable to access the services that she needed. It was an experience she wouldn't soon forget. The challenges she faced during that pregnancy led Parkhurst to found Lemon Aide Project, a nonprofit focused on providing assistance to people in just such dire situations.
In addition to community outreach, Parkhurst's organization provides things like homelessness prevention, a school supply drive, power outage assistance, and help for those affected by wildfires, among other services. Her story is an encouraging one, demonstrating the difference that a single person can make.
Parkhurst recently sat down with our...Read more
Posted on 07/17/2020 at 12:17 PM
As nearly anyone can tell you, Valentine's Day can be a tricky holiday, especially when you're single. It's a difficult day to be alone, and one can just imagine how hard it would be to be in a homeless shelter on a day when others are celebrating.
With this in mind, this year the Sikh community in London is taking steps to ensure that women staying in shelters on Valentine’s Day aren't forgotten. Volunteers are assembling personal care packages, complete with baked treats and items like toothbrushes and shampoo, to be brought to local women’s shelters for the holiday this Friday.
The program, launched in 2012 by the One Billion Rising movement, now happens in a host of cities, inc...Read more
Posted on 02/13/2020 at 09:42 AM
An eighth grader from Minneapolis, MN, Sanya Pirani has a slightly different take on Christmas than most kids her age. Pirani created the non-profit Sanya’s Hope For Children several years ago, when she was just eight years old.
With the help of volunteers--Sanya's helpers--Pirani packages and sews hundreds of gift bags for homeless children at Christmastime. The gift bags, full of toys, clothing, books and school supplies, are given to homeless kids in the Minneapolis Metro area just before Christmas.
“We get to....hand donate these bags to the children and it’s really an amazing sight to see,” says Pirani. To hear more about this remarkable youngster and the progress ...Read more
Posted on 12/16/2019 at 10:09 AM
We all face adversity in life, and it's often said that the way one deals with these challenges is what truly defines a person. Colin Kaepernick is a good example of this: the pro quarterback has been sidelined now for three seasons, after controversy surrounding his decision to "take a knee" during the national anthem to protest police violence. But Kaepernick isn't letting the NFL slow him down–far from it.
Along with his Know Your Rights Camp Foundation, this past Sunday, Kap spent his 32nd birthday helping to feed the homeless in Oakland, CA. He and his group handed out backpacks filled with snacks, along with personal items like socks and soap. And this isn't the first time the foo...
Posted on 11/06/2019 at 10:08 AM
For many people, a proper shower is often a luxury. And that doesn't just apply to the homeless; there are droves of other people who live without access to proper bathing facilities. Case in point: the 'Anchor-Outs' of Richardson Bay. The term refers to people who live and work on boats in the Bay, which abuts Sausalito and Marin County. Hundreds of people who didn't have regular access to showers--until now.
The people at Marin Mobile Care saw a need, and they've taken steps to address it. Recently, Sausalito became the third city to offer free showers through MMC, joining nearby cities of Novato and San Rafael. From all indications, the program is a great success--and the effect on the par...Read more
Posted on 10/18/2019 at 11:04 AM
When Annabelle Gurwitch decided to open her house to a homeless couple as part of her work with Safe Place for Youth, she didn't know what to expect. The author had been intrigued when she initially heard about their Host Home Program, which focuses on providing short-term “interventions” for young homeless adults. Wanting to "walk the walk" of her principles, she took the plunge--and the reality of opening her living space to strangers was both enervating and eye-opening.
In the end, Gurwitch's experience was an overwhelmingly positive one. And the Host Home model has shown great promise, both for curbing youth homelessness and changing public attitudes about the problem. And ...Read more
Posted on 09/09/2019 at 10:42 AM