Category Archives: PPTFH 2020

November-December 2020 Newsletter

Pictured: Gregg Seltzer engaging a new homeless individual with service information card

First Responder Committee Welcomes Gregg Seltzer BYLINE: Sharon Kilbride, Chair, First Responder Engagement Committee The first responder committee welcomes new volunteer Gregg Seltzer. Gregg has been a resident of Rustic Canyon for 27 years, his wife Julie is a native Palisadian, and they raised their four children in the Palisades community. Gregg stated that he […]

September-October 2020 Newsletter

Pictured: PPTFH volunteers and Officer Tyler Yi with new Mule

First Responder Engagement Committee News BYLINE: Sharon Kilbride, Chair, First Responder Engagement Committee In 2019, PPTFH received a request from our beach patrol officers Rusty Redican and Jimmy Soliman for an off-road, all-access vehicle (known as the Mule) to patrol brushy hillsides and beaches of Pacific Palisades. PPTFH contacted Kevyn Wynn who graciously donated most […]

July-August 2020 Newsletter

Project Roomkey Hotel Room

Project Roomkey BYLINE: Pam McGranahan, Chair, Communications Committee Amid state and local focus on developing, building, and finding housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, along came COVID-19. Los Angeles officials reacted initially by setting up shelters in neighborhood recreation centers. However, as the pandemic spread, concerns about group-living environments arose. Enter Project Roomkey (PRK), a state […]

May-June 2020 Newsletter

Pictured: Stanley, PPTFH client, happy that Will Rogers State Beach restrooms reopened on April 11

Enforcement Committee Takes Preventive Actions During COVID-19 Crisis BYLINE: Sharon Kilbride, Chair, Law Enforcement Coordination Committee On March 11, 2020, Carol Newark, a prevention advocate from Venice Family Clinic’s Common Ground, gave a presentation about many issues, ranging from needle safety to Coronavirus. In attendance were PPTFH volunteers, LAPD beach patrol, Lifeguard Captain Eric Howell, […]

March-April 2020 Newsletter

(L-R) Dr. Joel Braslow, Dr. Enrico Castillo

The Demedicalization of Mental Illness BYLINE: Pam McGranahan, Co-Communications Chair At the PPTFH January 27 community meeting, we learned about how the changing definition of mental illness has resulted in thousands of mentally ill individuals living in homelessness on our streets. Dr. Joel Braslow (UCLA Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences) shared his historical […]

January 2020 Newsletter

PPTFH Client Scott Davis Discusses His Success Story

From Street to Home: A Success Story BYLINE: Sharon Browning, Communications Committee Scott arrived on his bicycle 25 minutes early for the community meeting. He greeted me with a warm smile saying “Hi, I’m Scott Davis, I didn’t want to be late.” (Scott is a client who had agreed to share his success story at […]