"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Skid Row Housing Trust

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Website: www.skidrow.org

Skid Row Housing Trust’s philosophy is simple: Homes. Support. Success. The Trust ends homeless by providing homes that are affordable coupled with the help needed to permanently break the cycle of homelessness.

It is the Trust that provides the structures, but it is the residents who make our buildings homes and communities. Whether it is cooking a Thanksgiving feast or holding the door for another resident, our residents’ generosity and neighborliness breathe life into our buildings.

While Trust residents are united by their experience of overcoming homelessness, they come from every walk of life and background. We provide housing for the disabled, artists, older adults, counselors, veterans, chefs, gardeners, young adults, transgender men and women, and clergy. During any given year 1,500 men and women call Trust buildings home, with over 80% of those residents staying for more than one year.

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