In an evening of storytelling on Feb. 27, formerly homeless individuals took center stage in Hancock Park in “Stories from the Frontline: Ending Homelessness through Supportive Housing.” Through story, spoken word and song, individuals shared their experiences on the path from struggle to resilience, in partnership with The Ebell of Los Angeles.
With First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Elaine Wakeland as the guest speaker, the event also featured advocacy groups which enlisted volunteers onsite to take immediate action: CSH Speak Up!, Imagine LA, Aviva Family and Children’s Services, The United Way, League of Women Voters and Safe Parking LA.
Speakers throughout the evening included event co-chairs Marilyn Wells and Allison Schallert; Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, 4th District; CSH Speak Up! advocates Emily Martiniuk, Sam Randolph and Hector Curiel; singer songwriter Mike Jelks; Imagine LA mentor Scott Sale; and United Way of Greater Los Angeles Director of Public Affairs Tommy Newman. Writer and actor Jen Reiter served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.
Additional notable guests who came to show support included Felicity Huffman, Emmy Rossum, Carolina Guerra and John Wells.
“Stories from the Frontline” was the first in a series of events that will take place in various neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles to galvanize communities in favor of Supportive housing for the homeless.
The next event will be held on June 6 at the CSH Supportive Housing Summit in downtown Los Angeles. More details will be announced at storiesfrontline.org.
“Supportive housing works and the people who shared their stories are proof of that. By hearing the voices of the too-often faceless on the street, we want residents everywhere to take action. We are neighbors lifting neighbors,” Wells said.
The Ebell of Los Angeles is located at 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. For information, visit ebellla.org.
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