I have been a a little off kilter this week due to Christmas and the holiday season. It has been a wonderful way to end the year, by doing a toy drive and gift drive for the residents at Alexandria House in Los Angeles. Alexandria House is a transitional home for women and children, and it was a home of hope to me. I felt like I had time traveled back to my childhood, to the times before the age of ten when everything seemed so idyllic. I could see the promise of those four walls, and the dedication Judy Vaughan has to keeping the place buzzing with optimism. She is a worker bee, and the nucleus of the home along with all of the other beautiful souls who work so hard to make this house a home for so many that need it. I was so honored to be able to visit and tour the beautiful 1920’s craftsman home and meet the young residents, and I plan on going back to volunteer in 2014. Within those four walls I felt safe and welcome, it was a magical feeling.
I thank my friend Meagan for the generosity of her time, we had fun. I would also like to thank everyone at Seasons 52 for their support and generosity, from the management to the staff. No one can go it alone, and I am very grateful for the help they gave to make this gift drive a reality. Thanks to the Management at Seasons 52 in Century City CA. Monica Challingsworth, Isbhak Vasquez, Laura Dennis, Jessica Koine, Veronica Bonnely,Shane Jagow and Lee Velasco.
To quote my favorite Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life, ” No man is a failure who has friends.
Happy Holidays to all.
Here is a little something about Alexandria House, and all of the good they do for the community.
Response to the compelling needs of the women and
children living in the house, as well as the
neighborhood needs before us each day, the goal of
Alexandria House is to be a community-oriented
transitional house and neighborhood center which is
intentionally multicultural, antiracist and where the
needs of women who are economically poor are
We are supported by a community of caring
individuals and groups who share our mission.
Founded in 1996, Alexandria House is a non-profit
transitional residence and house of hospitality
providing safe and supportive housing for women and
children in the process of moving from emergency
shelter to permanent housing. Located in the densely
populated and ethnically diverse Mid-Wilshire area,
Alexandria House also serves its broader
neighborhood community by providing educational
and enrichment opportunities for residents and