Homelessness
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Feeling helpless for the homeless

Homelessness | Our best efforts to fix the problem are still falling short
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/10/19, 02:46 pm

A while ago, a church friend invited me to give a talk about homelessness at her local community group in Los Angeles. More than two dozen people showed up that night—much more than usual, my friend later told me. That night we squeezed into a living room and for two hours talked about how to best help the homeless in our city.

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Center photo: Sophia Lee. Others: Kenneth Heilbron

Selfies with a supermodel

Faith & Inspiration | My unlikely meeting with a former Vogue model
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/25/19, 03:17 pm

About a year ago, I received an early morning phone call from Regina, a chaplain who had been ministering to the homeless in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. 

“Sophia, I found someone you should meet, and you won’t believe who,” she said. “She’s a supermodel!”

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Building a community

Homelessness | A Texas program tries to be a family for the Chronically homeless without requiring changes in behavior
by Harvest Prude & Charissa Crotts
Posted 2/28/19, 03:42 pm

Alan Graham is a tough old man with a big heart for sufferers. He lives with his black lab Franny (named after Francis of Assisi) in a tiny house in the homeless village he founded. Wearing a ball cap, blue button-up shirt, glasses, and a silver crucifix necklace, he makes his rounds through the village, greeting residents by name. One July afternoon, he stopped to greet a white-haired woman and her two fluffy dogs running underfoot.

“Are you making enough for everybody?” he called to an African-American man grilling pork chops on his front porch.

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