A long road home

14 Jul

My friend Brad Fieldhouse is audacious. He challenged the Santa Ana city council with his God-sized belief that the city can do more.  I was astounded when I visited this huge operation Brad helped set up in the bus terminal. Today Hope & Housing is transforming the lives of homeless.

Donna Gallup , the Executive Director of American Family Housing, the affordable housing developer that built permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless from shipping container, will begin teaching  in Azusa Pacific University’s social  work department this  month.

Long Road Home

“For Kenneth Salazar, the past came back as a series of scenes in a fractured chronology.

Life after the Army had been one of dead-end jobs and episodes of sleeping in cars, each coming to an end when the vehicle was impounded.

“I woke up in a motor vehicle in other people’s driveway wondering, ‘What in the hell am I doing here?’ ” Salazar said.

Most recently, he was sleeping in a park when an outreach worker got him to go to the Courtyard, a shelter that opened last year in the former Santa Ana bus terminal. There he slept on a mat.

That turned out to be a steppingstone out of his past. For the first time since his discharge, Salazar, 60, now has a permanent home that cannot be impounded…..”

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