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Hoping for rehab

Homelessness | What do you say or do when a friend relapses into addiction?
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/06/18, 10:37 am

I was out with my boyfriend David last week when we both got a call from Joseph (because of sensitive information, I’m not using Joseph’s real name). Since we were busy, we let the calls run to voicemail. But then he texted us: “Please call me urgent.”

David and I looked at each other. Knowing who Joseph was and his background, we knew this had to be something serious. So I quickly called him back: “What’s going on, Joseph?”

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Crying out for community

Homelessness | A visit to Seattle’s “tent cities” for the homeless shows how everyone yearns for a place to belong
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/26/18, 12:17 pm

Last week, my colleague Sarah Schweinsberg and I spent four days in Seattle visiting city-sanctioned “tent cities,” which are part of a big urban experiment to temporarily house homeless individuals who might otherwise freeze to death outside. It was a particularly cold week when we visited, the kind of chill that nips through your mittens and freezes grass into stiff stalks.

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Radical outreach

Homelessness | When homeless ministry gets extreme
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/19/18, 03:27 pm

Early on the morning after Valentine’s Day, I drove down from Los Angeles to San Diego to spend a day with three men who were temporarily living on the streets with the homeless. 

Among them was Will Cravens, a pastor from Virginia. Cravens first roamed the streets of San Diego in 2014 looking for a childhood best friend who had disappeared and was last spotted in Mission Bay, a popular man-made aquatic park. Since then, Cravens has been flying back to the area twice a year, each time bringing a team of church men to sleep on the streets and break bread with the homeless. 

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