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Audience with Pope Francis

We were surprised and honored to asked to join our friends at St Francis Center for a television special on homelessness in Los Angeles, which required us to be downtown before 5:00 am… It turned out that it was for the Pope’s Virtual Tour and since his Los Angeles focus was on homelessness, nine agencies who work with the homeless were invited. None of knew what was in store, which meant that everyone there had his or her heart in the right place to have a four a.m. wake up call to talk about the homeless. Boy we were glad we did!

We come from many different religious backgrounds, but we all agree that he’s such an awesome force. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the homeless spoke to him, and when he called on the Sister in Texas and said he loved her.

Watch the entire encounter here
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Organic Salsa for Homeless Breakfast

IMG_20150917_085948One thing we forget about when we think of homeless people is how difficult it becomes to eat well. Readily available food that’s affordable is often over processed, full of sodium, fat and sugar, and far from your mama’s cooking. We try to do something special every month at our homeless breakfast service, in addition to serving a balanced homecooked meal.

We were incredibly lucky to have Muir Ranch in Pasadena donate two cases of organic peppers in September. Our friend, chef Jonathan Pimental turned them into a delicious salsa, which they loooooved!

Even the pictures are mouth-watering! We’re looking forward to doing more cool things in October!IMG_20150917_091222IMG_20150920_085225IMG_20150920_121557

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Our Summer Reading for Kids Rocked!!!

In June, we purchased 450 new books and delivered them to Title One elementary schools in Hollywood. With the help of two other local nonprofits, Cheremoya Foundation and Hollywood Arts Council, a total of 800 books were purchased!

This was our second year hosting three book talks at the Hollywood Goldwyn Library, kicked off with Councilmember Mitch OFarrell reading to the kids– and he was incredible! Our booktalks had an art component, healthy snacks provided by Kim Woo the awesome librarian, pizza from us, and coffee for parents generously donated by Sunset/Gower Starbucks. The talemted Cecil Castellucci stopped by for our teen discussion of Beige.

Counterpoint Records and Books donated some books for a bookswap, and at our final meeting last week, we allowed our fabulous kid readers to take a few for their home libraries.

We will sponsor the second Hollywood Children’s Book Fair on November 14th from 12-4. In the meantime, we’re back to focusing on the homeless.

Until next time, we leave you with these awesome images:IMG_20150623_162609

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