Pasadena approves a dedicated cold weather shelter, first since pandemic

The Pasadena City Council approved funding that will help allow nonprofit Friends in Deed to operate a cold weather shelter at Trinity Lutheran Church, the first such dedicated site in the city since the pandemic. At their Monday, Dec. 4 meeting, the city council authorized a $275,000 contract that will allow the church to make needed capital improvements and a 5-year, not-to-exceed $1.9 million contract with Friends in Deed, including $380,000 for the first year of operational support. The shelter... continue reading »"Pasadena approves a dedicated cold weather shelter, first since pandemic"

Pasadena’s Dorothy Edwards has died; she found a way out of homelessness to help thousands

Editor’s Note: In 2011, Southern California News Group photojournalist Sarah Reingewirtz met Dorothy Edwards, an unhoused woman who had lived on Pasadena streets for years. In the years to follow, Edwards allowed Reingewirtz to photograph her life battling homelessness, as well as her inspiring transformation into a much-admired advocate for the area’s unhoused. Edwards’ death on Oct. 27 sparked tributes from Pasadena and across the nation.  I met Dorothy Edwards and her dog Gunner for the first time at her... continue reading »"Pasadena’s Dorothy Edwards has died; she found a way out of homelessness to help thousands"

Andy Bales retires after 20 years at the Union Rescue Mission

Twenty-four years ago, a minister to the down-and-out of Des Moines took a mid-career leap into the unknown, moving his growing family west to become pastor for poverty outreach at a Pasadena church. Four years later, the Rev. Andy Bales was offered a more prominent and challenging role as head of the Union Rescue Mission, the faith-based shelter in a five-story building on Skid Row. In his 20 years there, Bales staunchly defended the recovery model of homeless care — with Christian-centered therapy... continue reading »"Andy Bales retires after 20 years at the Union Rescue Mission"

Pasadena christens new Salvation Army Hope Center

From the sunny window of her new apartment, Suzanne Lee, 73, can see palm trees in the distance. But never mind that view. Once homeless, the former paralegal said what she treasures most is the perspective from her 300-square-foot apartment in the newly-opened Diane and John Mullin Hope Center in Pasadena. “I have a private bathroom, my own stove, my own oven,” Lee said. “It’s like I’m in the Twilight Zone. I pinch myself that it’s really real. Already, I’m... continue reading »"Pasadena christens new Salvation Army Hope Center"