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Connection Erases Fears of the Homeless

By Karen K. Redding It’s that time of year again when I begin to say “good bye” to the MSW interns whom I have supervised over the past academic year at Friendship Shelter. It’s both remarkable and by now almost predictable that what began for students’ as massive feelings of...

OCBookBlog Reviews ‘Two Deserts’

By Randy Kraft Laguna writer Julie Brickman must be a very good writing teacher. At a book launch party recently at the home of Ed Kaufman and Karen Redding, she spoke eloquently about “interiority” in fiction, those moments when the inner thoughts and feelings of a character...

Showcasing Art’s Healing Power

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent The art and personal growth of three current and former residents of the Friendship Shelter will be celebrated at an eclectic “happening” on Thursday, Dec. 16. While maladies like addiction, homelessness and financial woes brought them...