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Tag: "Friendship Shelter"

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Hosts Sought for Friendship Shelter Dinners

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 event, “Friendship Shelter Dinners,” formerly known as “Dinners Across […]

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Successful Gala Raises Bar for Friendship Shelter

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 Friendship Shelter’s work rebuilding the lives of homeless people in Orange […]

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Books Proprietor Named to Board

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 member for the Laguna Art Museum and Friendship Shelter.

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Homeless Housing is a County Problem

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 anything that makes our […]

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Vogue Salon Partners with the Friendship Shelter

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 Laguna’s Friendship Shelter, which has provided shelter and supportive […]

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Vogue Salon Partners with the Friendship Shelter

Vogue Salon Partners with the Friendship Shelter

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Guest Column

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 one more time I am […]

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Hunger Bowl Set for Fall

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 chair the event. Since the shelter’s opening in November […]

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TOW Students Collect Coats

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 160 coats filling three huge bags.   “The timing of this drive comes at […]

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Checking In

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 gifts are stashed under ornament-laden trees.  The scents of hot apple […]

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Benefits

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 evening was the silent auction with 54 baskets and items from more than […]

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Supervision at Homeless Shelter Shifts

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 Center’s staff manned the shelter from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to allow overnighters time to eat […]

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Resource Center Struggles Over Its Mission

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 officials are likely to contract with the Friendship […]

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Grants Given to Local Nonprofits

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 organizations, including $50,000 and $75,000 respectively to the two Laguna Beach receipients. The awarded […]

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Varied Classes Offered at Susi Q

Varied Classes Offered at Susi Q

The Susi Q Center is offering a variety of classes, discussions, and groups during the month of July. On select Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be a free science discussion group focusing on the issues, controversies, and societal impact of a variety of topics. Twice a month the Susi Q offers […]