| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:57 PM
A team of 90 volunteers painted and cleaned the playground at the Pratt House this week to prepare the site for an overhaul next month.
College students, part of Students Today Leaders Forever, joined Volunteers of America Chesapeake to enhance the...
| Jan 30, 2013
Maryland is currently experiencing the coldest temperatures in nearly two years, with multiple days that have been well-below freezing ("Cold snap raises health concerns," Jan. 24.) As your article points out, our most vulnerable residents — the...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 8:45 AM
A group of local housing advocates have put together the necessary documents to present to the County Council for recognition as the nonprofit that will provide affordable housing in downtown Columbia.
A resolution was prefiled before the council last...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Homeless people squeezed out of downtown Los Angeles are migrating to nearby Lincoln Heights and Boyle Heights, where they are seeking refuge in the emergency room and on the grounds of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to a six-month study...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Dave Smith hit his lowest low in March 2012.
The retired Marine and Iraq combat veteran separated from his family and friends, broke up with his girlfriend and spent nights drinking himself into oblivion.
One afternoon, he put a loaded shotgun in...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 7:20 PM
The 40-year-old man in the black jacket and jeans was getting out of jail with no money and no place to live.
As he left the county jail complex in downtown Los Angeles, he stopped at the new Community Re-entry Resource Center, where he received a bus...
| May 18, 2014
| 8:40 PM
One of the first housing projects in the country focused on female veterans facing homelessness is nearing completion on a breezy San Pedro hilltop overlooking a butterfly preserve.
Volunteers of America is spending $15 million converting family housing...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 6:05 PM
It was billed as a guided tour for downtown residents, church and business groups and elected officials to see skid row for themselves.
As the group headed out on foot from L.A.'s Midnight Mission, it was confronted by demonstrators whistling,...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 9:20 PM
For Deanne Tate, president and chief executive of Veterans First, the selling points of the Orange County nonprofit's new digs are many.
At about 9,300 square feet, the second-floor office suite in the heart of downtown Santa Ana has upwards of three...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Parenting can be an assault on the senses, from the effluvia of the diaper pail to the torture of bare feet on a rug strewn with Legos. But nothing tortures a parent suffer more than the musical assault of the Childhood Industrial Complex.
When I was a...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 10:00 AM
It's a short ride from L.A.'s skid row to Hollywood, but throw in a detour and a few bumps and the journey can take six months, as it did for my friend Nathaniel Ayers.
The Juilliard-trained musician had been ensconced in the same downtown apartment for...