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Turkey and all the trimmings are served with generous portions of love and hospitality by Long Beach, California, residents Alex Wexler and Gregg Milano, whose Thanksgiving feast for foster children brings new meaning to the notion of dining “family style.”

Jared Milrad - a change we need

Jared Milrad is Long Beach’s own progressive activist and socially conscious filmmaker. He’s worked with presidential candidate Barack Obama and believes in positive change. Jared comes in a time when we need change the most. He funded a non-profit to provide legal services for low income residents and supports the homeless community. Openly gay, with huge support for the LGBTQ Community, he’s the perfect candidate to support for city council district 7. Our founder has conversed extensively with Jared about his vision and he can certainly say that Jared supports helping the homeless. We all want to make a positive impact and change the city of Long Beach. We anticipate partnering with Jared to share our vision and help bring hope and support to the homeless runaway youth. ​

HONORING ALEX

Happy Holidays! This year is Gregg & Alex’s 8th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner supporting the foster youth. Every year Alex and Gregg opened their doors to the children in the foster youth program and provided a wonderful dinner filled with lots of turkey, splendid sides and pumpkin pies. Though Alex is no longer with us, we are carrying on the tradition in partnership with Hamlet for The Homeless and honoring him in celebrating Thanksgiving with all his friends and the amazing children we welcome each year.  Hamlet for The Homeless is a nonprofit organization started by Alex Wexler to assist the homeless youth with theatre rehabilitation programs. You can become part of our loving family and annual tradition by donating whatever you can. If you choose to donate $25 dollars or more, you will receive a free Hamlet for The Homeless T-shirt. Your donation goes towards the continuant support for Hamlet for The Homeless. We hope you can open your heart and honor Alex Wexler by helping us to serve the homeless runaway youth.     

An Overwhelmed System​

As the need continues to significantly outpace the number of available beds in shelters and affordable housing in LA County, the homeless count has continued to climb to staggering highs. As reported by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, 6,000 young people in the US were tallied amongst the homeless population in a count preformed in January. This is a 61% increase from 2016, a disheartening percentage hike for an already devastating epidemic. While the system is overwhelmed due to lack of bed space, funding and a multitude of other failing support systems currently in place, the chances of an unaccompanied homeless youth to find a bed or housing in LA County becomes even less attainable due to overflowing waiting lists in youth shelters and by failing to meet minimum age requirements for housing programs such as rental vouchers. Many of the LA County homeless youth are resistant to or unwilling to utilize emergency housing programs being offered on skid row due to their distrust of authority as a result of abuse, neglect and the overall failure in responsibility from adults in their lives. However, there are programs that have successfully supported homeless youth in their journey to rehabilitate from the streets. Proper programs geared towards their interests in conjunction with non-threatening guidance and support, fosters new trust in adults and organized systems generating the results needed to combat this tragic epidemic. Such programs within the non-profit sector heavily rely on donor support. Truly, no amount is too small in supporting the homeless youth. Consider joining the Hamlet for the Homeless community and donate today!​

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“The script is sweet and clever with sideways dialogue and inventive lyrics, memorable, loveable and wacky characters, and a melodic score that is equally clever, great fun and also memorable.

SERVING THE RUNAWAY YOUTH