Chain of Faith

Having been raised a stout and dedicated supporter of Catholicism, faith has become a deep and complex topic. As a youngster growing up, encompassing the years at junior high school, I considered myself a very religious person. Slowly but surely, I started to doubt...

Jack of All Trades

Jack always struck me as a good guy. He was definitely a good employee. He was someone I had been able to trust during the years he worked for me. His duties were not complex, but his position required him to solve on-the-job problems and he did that well. I guess you...

The ‘F’ Word

As I pass by Hollywood’s statuesque Villa Carlotta every day, I see a number of items placed in paper bags by someone who likely lives there. It saddens me to realize that the developers of Hollywood are forcing residents to move from this venerable old building where...

How Writing Works

Everyone has a story to tell, a valuable story that illuminates the human condition. Housing Works created an artistic outlet, Writing Works, for clients and staff alike, to express themselves in weekly workshops that nurture individual voices in a safe collective...

Thanksgiving

I take the Metro rail to Slauson and transfer to the 851. Twenty five minutes later, I’m getting of at Trouble Road. I walk about four blocks to the Shelter. It seems quite far for a holiday, coming out. I suppose Thanksgiving as a whole doesn’t emit a lot of sharp or...

A True Survivor

My childhood memory of being happy is when I won first prize in a talent show. It gave me confidence and taught me that I can perform in front of people and not get stage fright, or be embarrassed; it’s just what I like to do. One time there was this guy, a street...