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Not so long ago and not so far away, in a Mexican village with streets of cobblestone, the girl would sneak out of school. What could this girl tell her teachers? That she was running home to frijoles? The girl's grandmother sold tortillas to buy beans so the family could eat. The girl was the daughter of field workers and one of six kids. She had to stir the beans, add water, make sure they didn't burn. One day, the girl tripped and fell and . . .
January 26, 1992
As the founder and executive director of "Beyond Shelter," a private, nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of California in 1988, I was more than a little disturbed at the Real Estate headline "Beyond Shelter--Hope" (Dec. 15) for an article on L.A. Family Housing (which I co-founded with Arnold Stalk in 1983). For the record, I would like to clarify the confusion caused for some of your readers, evidenced to me by numerous phone calls and comments. Beyond Shelter is an innovative social service organization created to help homeless families with children relocate to permanent and affordable housing--and providing up to one year of "transitional" support services to help each formerly homeless family become stabilized in their new community.
October 5, 1987
In the midst of Skid Row, photographer Jana Taylor finds beauty in the children who live there "like little flowers growing through a crack in the pavement." In turn, Taylor's American Child Foundation, a nonprofit organization that she started in 1983 to bring the photographic arts to underprivileged kids, shows children how to find beauty in their own lives.
October 17, 1985 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
For Villa Cuffie, a 25-year-old mother of two young children, the "nightmare" of living in a Skid Row hotel is coming to end. Cuffie and her children are one of eight families set to move into a new city-financed apartment building south of downtown Los Angeles. It is the first housing project created to get low-income, working families out of dingy downtown hotels. With a $624,000 low-interest loan from the Community Redevelopment Agency, the 2-year-old nonprofit L.A. Family Housing Corp.
September 25, 1987 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
It was ugly to begin with, a flat stretch of land flanking the Los Angeles River, fenced and then filled up with trailers, canopies, hundreds of cots and tents. Then came the people, 2,600 in all, who said they had no other place to go. It is still ugly as it ends, a grim, dusty refuge for 236 people who say they still will have no other place to go when the camp is shut down at 5 p.m. today. The City of Los Angeles' urban campground for the homeless has been, as Maj.
December 8, 2008 | Jennifer Oldham, Oldham is a Times staff writer.
Waif-like Violet Marroquin will turn 24 at the end of this month, but the well-spoken Los Angeles native, who lives with her three children and her brother, sister and mother in a tiny two-bedroom apartment she grew up in, is wise beyond her years. She speaks of her ability to rely for help on her absent husband's relatives, who live around the corner in Virgil Village, as "not nice, but convenient."
December 2, 1998
Dale Kristien, Amanda McBroom and Maureen McGovern will be among those performing at Glendale's Alex Theatre on Friday in "A Holiday Cabaret," a performance of traditional holiday music benefiting Para Los Nin~os. Tickets to the 8 p.m. performance are $15. Similar celebrity performances will take place in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Information: (800) 233-3123.
June 21, 1991
IMAGE de Los Angeles, a volunteer organization for Latinos, is coordinating a food drive for Para Los Ninos, a local service agency that provides child care and other services to needy children and their families. The drive will be today through Monday in East Los Angeles. These businesses have containers for canned goods and other nonperishables: * Kopy Kats, 317 S. McDonnel Ave. * La Quebradita Restaurant, 3451 Whittier Blvd. * Marty's GMF, 6528 S. Central Ave. * Para Los Ninos, 845 E. 6th St.
December 20, 1986
On Dec. 13 a Christmas Fiesta was held on South Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles in honor of Para Los Ninos . I have seen many big functions, but a moving fiesta such as this one is the most fantastic event I ever attended. The Skid Row children from Para Los Ninos and guests were all equally sharing togetherness--the spirit of hope and joy lit up the faces of the children. God bless all of those who opened their hearts and came to be counted. SYLVIA ZELHOUF Woodland Hills
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