Friday, January 26, 2007

Homeless Kids on Today Show

The Today Show (NBC) recently highlighted a story about a brother and sister that live on the streets of Los Angeles in Skid Row. Follow the link to watch the story...

More Homeless Families in LA

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Did you know?

Fueled by teens, middle-aged adults and seniors, the volunteer rate in the U.S. has reached a 30-year high, a new study says.

The study, "Volunteering in America: State Trends and Rankings," was conducted by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, which aims to expand the ranks of volunteers by 10 million by the year 2010.

Teens ages 16 to 19 have doubled their volunteer time since 1989, the study says, which could lead to a resurgence of civic mindedness as they reach adulthood.

Baby Boomers, sometimes referred to as the "Me Generation," are giving their time at a higher rate than the previous generation, and the volunteer rate of people age 65 and older has jumped by two-thirds since 1974.

Overall, 65.4 million adults volunteered a total of 8.2 billion hours in 2005, which the study says is the equivalent of about $147.6 billion.

From Philanthropy Journal, December 27, 2006

Monday, January 08, 2007

Cold Comfort on the Street

The Los Angeles Times came out with a great article, highlighting a homeless gentleman living on the streets of LA:

"Raymond Byrnes awakens on the cold sidewalk, grips his rosary beads tight and prays for strength — thankful to have made it through another night on Los Angeles' skid row.
At 61, he has been homeless for nearly a decade, spending most of his nights at the corner of 5th Street and Gladys Avenue.
At the top of 5th Street, the downtown drug corridor known as "The Nickel," the crown of the 1,000-foot-tall US Bank Tower glimmers in the black sky. Around the corner on Gladys, a tent city renders both sidewalks impassable. The smell of urine, vomit, feces and garbage hangs in the air."

Read on...

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone from your friends at CSM! We look forward to seeing you and serving the Lord together in 2007. May you be blessed!