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Nos Amis/Our Friends, Inc.
Children Helping Poor and
Homeless People (CHPHP)
2554 Lincoln Blvd., #522
Venice, CA 90291
Phone:  (310) 840-4777
Phone:  (800) 333-4349

CHPHP Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 6

September 2, 2003



Thanks to Summer Volunteers!

Another Great Summer at CHPHP

We sincerely thank all of our wonderful volunteers for giving of their personal time and efforts to make this another great Summer of service and fun at CHPHP helping children, women and men in need. It is always a delight to serve with you!
      Participating young people and adults represented many schools and groups including, Brentwood Elementary School, Brentwood Middle School, Brentwood High School, Brownie Troops, Canyon Charter School, Carlthorp School, Chaparral School, Crespi High School, Crestwood Hills Pre-School, Crossroads Elementary School, Crossroads Middle School, Girl Scout Troops, Harvard-Westlake School, Kenter Canyon School, Malibu High School, John Muir School, Our Lady of Malibu School, Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School, Summit View School, Topanga Elementary School, UCLA, UCSB, University High School, Viewpoint School, Village Glen School, Vista Day Treatment Center, Westwood Charter School, Westview Services and Windward School.
      Thank you, one and all!

An Interview In RTimes By Rachel

RTimes recently interviewed Christine Schanes about CHPHP. CHPHP is a non-profit organization that serves homeless and poor people every Monday at the beach and in the park. They know most of their guests and greet everyone with positive comments. Thanks for making the world a better place.


RTimes: What are the procedures every Monday at CHPHP?
Christine Schanes: Every Monday, young people with adults come to the CHPHP Storage Area in Venice and participate in the CHPHP Routes for Homeless People. At the Welcome Orientation Meeting, the issues of hunger, poverty and homelessness are discussed and all questions are answered. Then the volunteers, using canned and packaged food, assemble 70-100 Grocery Lunch Bags. At the Moment's Meeting, refreshments are served while the volunteers discuss CHPHP 's two rules, jobs are assigned and a distribution demonstration takes place.

RT: What should people do if they see a homeless person on the street? Should they give them money, or food, or...?
CS: When we see a homeless person on the street we need to remember that this person is our brother or sister and treat them with respect and dignity. What we give or do not give a homeless person is own own decision - everything is helpful.

RT: Why are homeless people always sleeping in the daytime?
CS: Many homeless people sleep in the daytime because it is safer for them to sleep in the daylight than when it is dark outside. A homeless person by definition has no home and therefore has no safe place to sleep at night. Homeless people are in constant danger from people who sometimes just want to harm them for no particular reason.

RT: How can we help homeless people in general?
CS: Perhaps the best way we can help homeless people in general is to be kind to ourselves and one another. Once we are all kind to ourselves and others, everyone will be helped.

CS: Thank you RTimes and Rachel for your thoughtful questions, continuing efforts and compassion for poor and homeless children and adults!

National Youth Leadership Forum

Ron Taylor and Christine Schanes appreciated the opportunity of speaking once again this summer to the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine for future doctors at UCLA. Ron and Christine addressed current and future public health issues and concerns which arise from hunger, poverty and homelessness. It was a pleasure to meet so many concerned young people and adults.

Did You Know?  

"California ranks as the 'meanest' state in the nation in its treatment of homeless people and Los Angeles weighs in as the fourth-meanest city...Santa Monica rank(s) in the top 20."
"Los Angeles Times", August 6, 2003, B8, citing a report surveying 147 communities in the United States published by the National Coalition for the Homeless.


There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.  -Anonymous

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