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Homeless Shelter Continues to Evolve

The Alternate Sleeping Location, which nightly houses about 45 homeless people in Laguna Canyon, will remain open during the daytime for a trial period of 10 weeks this summer thanks to a last-minute $30,000 allocation approved by the City Council earlier this month. After an...

Hosts Sought for Friendship Shelter Dinners

Friendship Shelter has been saving lives and helping homeless individuals for 25 years and today serves as operators of the only homeless shelter in south Orange County.  To mark its anniversary, the shelter plans a series of events, including a drive for hosts for its signature...

Successful Gala Raises Bar for Friendship Shelter

“Fly Me To The Moon,” Friendship Shelter’s annual gala on Friday, Nov. 9, set records for both attendance and funds raised. Gala chair and Laguna Beach resident Keiko Sakamoto and her committee presided over an exuberant and thriving evening that raised nearly $400,000 for...

Books Proprietor Named to Board

Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties announced the appointment of Laguna Beach resident Jane Hanauer to its board. Hanauer, a former teacher and long-time advocate for children and women, is the owner of Laguna Beach Books and currently serves as a board...

Homeless Housing is a County Problem

Editor, In (“Quest for Homeless Housing Takes Initial Steps,” June 1), it was noted that the city is being asked to consider plans for permanent housing for up to 40 disabled homeless people. As a resident I am sympathetic to the plight of the homeless, but I am not in favor of...

Vogue Salon Partners with the Friendship Shelter

When they moved from the St. Regis hotel to the Old Pottery Place in Laguna Beach, owner and artistic director of Vogue Salon, Donato Bianchini, and his wife and manager, Antonietta, looked to establish local roots. After asking their clients, they settled on a partnership with...

Guest Column

Am I Crazy?   The answer is a resounding “yes!”  But that’s beside the point. I have been homeless three times. I also have a mental illness, which I believe to be the underlying cause of my homelessness. I recently started taking a medication that appears to be working, and...

Hunger Bowl Set for Fall

The Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course agreed to again host World Hunger Bowl on Nov. 3, a fundraiser sponsored by the city’s Housing and Human Services Committee that benefits the Laguna Canyon homeless shelter.   Homeless advocate Faye Chapman, a member of the committee will...

TOW Students Collect Coats

Top of the World school’s kindness initiative, “Rachel’s Challenge,” is at work again, this time collecting coats to benefit residents of the Friendship Shelter and Boys and Girls Club members.   During the first two days the school had already collected...

Checking In

Gifts that Keep on Giving   ‘Tis the season of giving … you can feel it in the air. Storefronts are festooned with glittering lights and enticing goodies.  Holiday parties vie for weekend rights.  Front doors are decorated in pine-fragrant wreathes, and brightly wrapped...

Benefits

Not Even Masks Obscure Good Fortune   More than 200 theatrically costumed guests danced, dined and partied at The Laguna Playhouse’s third annual Moonlight Masquerade, a costume party last month that raised $41,000 for programs and performances.   A highlight of the...

Supervision at Homeless Shelter Shifts

The Laguna Resource Center relinquished its contract to supervise daytime activities at the shelter for homeless people during Tuesday’s meeting of the City Council, which shifted supervisory responsibilities for the shelter entirely to another local nonprofit. The Resource...

Resource Center Struggles Over Its Mission

With its treasury empty and rent due, the Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition is considering yielding its role as daytime operator of the city’s homeless shelter in Laguna Canyon, and may take that action perhaps as early as this week. If that occurs, board members say city...

Grants Given to Local Nonprofits

For the second year, the Friendship Shelter and Laguna Beach Community Clinic received awards from the St. Joseph Health System Foundation in collaboration with Mission Hospital. This year, the foundation distributed $920,607 in wellness and prevention grants to 16 Orange County...