Refueling a Passion to Address Poverty

By | Apr 15, 2014

povertyI remember my first encounter with extreme poverty.

I was 20 years old, an idealistic middle-class college student raised in Long Beach and fed on meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I was sitting on a chartered bus with a small group of churchgoers at the end of a day visiting an impoverished African mega-city.

I was completely overwhelmed by the day’s activities—the conversations with starving mothers, the encounters with hungry children begging to know if I had anything to give them, the smells of poverty. I was filled with emotions I had not experienced since I was in grade school.

On our way back to the hotel, I remember we all just sat there in our air-conditioned van, numb from the experience. I buried my face in my sweaty arms, pretending I was exhausted.

In truth, I was quietly weeping. Read More »

Is “Working Poor” an Oxymoron?

By | Apr 1, 2014 | Comments Off

It just doesn’t make sense to be “working poor.” To put it simply: if you are working 30 hours per week, you should earn enough to be able to support your family.

No Child Left On Our Streets

By | Mar 25, 2014 | Comments Off

How does our country allow more than one million school children to be homeless? And how many more children are homeless, and do not attend school at all?

By | Mar 18, 2014
I used to sit in my third grade class during math sessions, daydreaming about playing basketball on the playground or going to the beach.
By | Mar 11, 2014
We are a country that embraces its “rights.
By | Mar 3, 2014
For years, officials have dubbed Los Angeles the “homeless capital” of America.
By | Feb 25, 2014
When I was young, growing up in my hometown in Southern California, there was an urban legend that circulated throughout our neighborhood and across the school playground.
By | Feb 18, 2014
How many times will this country disrespect its most vulnerable, hurting people? Those who are homeless have endured people screaming at them from their luxury cars: “Get a job, you bum!” Other people living on the streets have been set on fire or beaten with baseball bats.
By | Feb 11, 2014
We are a land where it never rains.
By | Feb 3, 2014
We used to think providing a freshly-cooked meal for the hungry and a warm bed for people living on the streets was the solution to addressing this country’s homelessness.