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More Law Enforcement Needed in Homeless Problem

Editor, I’ve been teaching a weekly meditation/wellness class at Friendship Shelter for four years. My experience with the homeless started when we bought our first house on High Drive, which needed repairs. Contractors were getting hassled by the homeless people who had taken up...

Building a Ladder Out of the Pit of Homelessness

Editor, Every community has homeless. There will always be people who fall on hard times or are so ill they cannot take care of themselves. Harassing them or ticketing them in hopes that they will go away is not a solution. None of us likes anyone defecating in the stream or on...

Multiple Reasons to Reject Homeless Housing Project

Editor, (This letter also went to City Council members.) Though the programs of the Friendship Shelter are laudable, it is an unreasonable burden for Laguna Beach to address our homeless needs in the way this project proposes. Laguna will be one of the smallest communities ever...

What Supportive Housing Is and Isn’t

Editor: As a board member of Friendship Shelter, I’m grateful to Michael and Kimberly Fowlkes for so perfectly illustrating in their letter (“Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster,” Letters, April 11) what the proposed permanent supportive housing development at 20652 Laguna...

Community Datebook

Forum Looks at Housing Homeless in Laguna Canyon Neighborhood Congregational Church hosts a community forum to discuss Friendship Shelter’s permanent supportive housing proposal at 7 p.m., Friday, April 11. Dawn Price, Friendship Shelter’s executive director, will give details...

New Menu at Friendship Shelter

Editor, I have lived in Laguna over 20 years. I am just recovering from a toxic shock from gluten in my system. I am of Italian descent and I love to cook I have wanted to cook for the homeless and now is the right time. I will be cooking gluten free at the Friendship Shelter....

Boys and Girls Club Gazette

New Crop of Library Users is Born Members of the Boys & Girls Club’s Education and Technology Center took a walking field trip over the winter break to the Laguna Beach Public Library. Rebecca Porter, the director of children’s literature, explained the library system an...

Throwing a Housing Lifeline to the Homeless

Maybe you know of a family with a son or daughter diagnosed with a disabling mental condition, such as adult onset schizophrenia. They likely have described their difficulties finding effective medication, and the remote possibility of their 20-something ever carving out an...

The Season of Giving

In the wink of an elves eye, the season of thankfulness gives way to the season of giving. The turkey dishes are stowed, the pumpkins turned to pie or cookies, and the scent of pine from trees and wreathes reminds me of mountains and snow. My small rented house shines brightly in...

Gala Sets Records

The Gatsby-themed anniversary party billed as Friendship Shelter’s Roaring 25 celebrated on Nov. 1 set records for both attendance and funds raised. Colin Henderson was officially named founder of the shelter. “Colin has selflessly avoided that title for 25 years, but it has been...

Village Laguna Honors Rollinger, Henderson

  Village Laguna will honor the Rev. Colin Henderson and former council member Verna Rollinger at its Villagers of the Year celebration on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the garden of Bill and Lynda Sharp. Henderson, a resident since ’85, previously served as an Anglican...

Minding Our Business: Building on Small Successes

Santina Davies is in the business of rehabilitation. Her own physical rehabilitation has been her full-time occupation for six years. Following a successful climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Davies slipped off Table Mountain in Capetown, South Africa, which she hiked only to take in the...
Posted On 09 May 2013

‘Conquering Mountains’ Starts Up Shelter’s Series

Prominent residents will share their personal stories of challenge and change during a 7 p.m. speaker series beginning Thursday, May 2, at Corona del Mar’s Port Theatre, part of Friendship Shelter’s 25th anniversary celebration. The “Speaking of…” series will have a twist:...

Honoring a Force for Good

  Laguna Beach resident and tireless philanthropist Jean Raun received more than the usual cards from well-wishers for her 90th birthday. The town she’s made home for half her life issued a proclamation honoring her 90th birthday for the years of dedicated service. “It...

Assistance League Offers Sartorial Relief

  The Assistance League of Laguna Beach, which operates the Turnabout Thrift shop to help support their various programs, recently solidified a commitment to provide sartorial aid to the Friendship Shelter, for both their signature shelter for homeless citizens transitioning...