Ten million people live in LA County. Two million live below the poverty line and one in five children are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Statistics get starker. LAHSA’s 2018 homeless count showed that over 52,000 are without daily shelter; 17,000 are female, 4500 are children under 18 and 13,000 are victims of domestic violence.
Very obviously, something needs to change. Drastically. The In Unison Foundation has gathered together some seriously high powered people to find constructive and innovative ways to address the issues. They’ve come to the conclusion that a holistic approach is required to deal with the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding on the streets of Los Angeles.
Last Sunday saw the launch of the Save The Humans campaign to provide food, water, jobs, training, and education for food insecure families in Los Angeles County. One hundred and fifty people gathered at No Name in Hollywood for a Silent Auction and evening of performances and information dissemination in support of the Save The Humans initiative.
This multi-pronged campaign has been carefully calibrated and partnered to maximize the chances of it’s success. It includes educating Angelenosin conjunction with UCLA Extension (https://www.uclaextension.edu), working with S.H.A.R.E. (Self Help And Recovery Exchange) that operates 120 self-help support group meetings every week and through it’s ‘Collaborative Housing’ partners it lodges groups of homeless Angelenos who live, shop, cook and grow together as a community. Each Collaborative House has health services and councilors in place to help change their lives.
Urban farmers will grow organic food in a modified 40′ shipping container from CropBox which will supply the restaurant as well as feed hungry Angelenos in need. This combined with the launch of Buda Vida, a “seed to table” nonprofit restaurant will provide organic food, training and jobs designed to teach, employ and feed families without homes to regain their independence.
This excellent new venture can be supported by making a donation like many of the people shown attending the benefit in the following images.