Motherhood and Homelessness: Words That Should Not Go Hand in Hand

By | Apr 15, 2015

IMG_0337“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

– Washington Irving

On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He wanted it to be “a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” This was a smart move. Mothers deserve to be acknowledged—they are responsible for bringing us into the world; many become our role models and help us navigate our way through this messy life.

Countless loved ones have informed me that motherhood cannot be completely understood until you become a mother. I am not a mother (yet)…but I have many friends and loved ones who are on to their second and third children. Women in my generation (Generation X/Y) seem more likely to talk about the joys and the difficulties of raising a being that, initially, is completely dependent on you for survival. I took a survey of some friends who are mothers and asked them for three words that came to mind when they heard the word motherhood. Read More »

Using Stereotypical Images of Homelessness to Raise Money

By | Mar 30, 2015 | Comments Off

Do we market our agencies at any cost—even if it means reinforcing inaccurate stereotypes of homelessness?

Ending the Cycle of Homelessness

By | Mar 23, 2015 | Comments Off

It seems to me that if average American wages are not high enough to pay for the average rent—in the long run, all of our efforts to house those who are currently homeless will not end homelessness. We will simply be treading water.

By | Mar 2, 2015
This piece is not about supporting homeless shelter programs over permanent supportive housing.
By | Feb 17, 2015
Years ago, I was part of a small group of leaders who toured the notorious Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail, which was home to 19,000 inmates last year.
By | Feb 9, 2015
Four years ago, I wrote a piece on this country’s bi-annual homeless count, entitled, “Are Homeless Counts Like Counting Sheep?” I have reposted the article below.
By | Feb 3, 2015
I met Sherial in the spring of 2012.
By | Jan 26, 2015
Income inequality is all the talk.