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Posted by Greylyn58 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Mar 10th 2009, 12:50 PM
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Brenda Gardenhire shows off her new home with pride. It looks like an oversized shopping cart covered with a khaki canvas. But to her, it's "wonderful" -- a stepping stone to get her off the streets and get her life back in order.

"It's like your own home, your own apartment, your own room," she said, showing off the 7-foot-long living space on wheels. "No one else can come in here but me."

Gardenhire is talking about her makeshift home called an EDAR, which stands for Everyone Deserves A Roof. The units are being distributed to homeless people in the Los Angeles area by the Everyone Deserves A Roof nonprofit organization.

It's the brainchild of "Revenge of the Nerds" movie producer Peter Samuelson, who has spent much of his life working with charities to help impoverished children.

He got the idea to help the homeless in recent years as he rode his bicycle from Los Angeles to the beach at Santa Monica. Video Watch a canvas-covered 'home' for the homeless

On those bike rides, he began seeing more and more homeless people. But he didn't just whiz by. He stopped to talk with them -- 62 people in all. One by one, he listened to their needs and what they wanted most: a roof over their heads. And the idea for the EDAR was born.

"If you had to define the value of a civilization, it's not how many SUVs you've got," Samuelson said. "To me, I think it's how well do we take care of our children, our homeless people, our mentally ill, those less fortunate."

more at link.....


http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/0...



Certainly this isn't a cure or a solution to homelessness, but I can see where it can help those in need--not having to sleep on the cold ground or where it's wet and damp. Having some place to call their own can give back a sense of pride to these men, women and families who have lost everything. Maybe it can be a stepping stone to helping them regain what has been lost.


fixed...hope this helps.
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