By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities
Normally this blog is about the many, many issues faced by homeowners and other residents of homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations.
Today I want to pause and be thankful that I and many of my readers have a safe place to live, a place to call home.
Unfortunately, too many people find themselves homeless, or living in unsafe, unsanitary conditions. They are struggling with unemployment, substance abuse, or mental illness. Others are fleeing domestic violence or war-torn homelands.
And as this NBC Nightly News report reveals, due to a shortage of safe, affordable housing, more and more families with children – including working families – are now included among the homeless.
But all across the US, private citizens are making a difference in their own communities and around the world.
Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite, heartwarming Thanksgiving stories.
In NYC, Celebrity Chefs team with a Supportive Housing organization to provide culinary training and housing assistance. The residents of this unique shelter learn basic culinary skills, grow their own organic vegetables and fruits, and then prepare and serve meals to other homeless people in the city.