Saturday, May 3, 2014
Dancing with the Stars reaches out to support Los Angeles Technical Trade School Scholarship Program
In 2013 – Renay and Sade Moore came to Los Angeles from Arkansas. They are originally from New Orleans. The family lost everything due to Hurricane Katrina. Their mother moved to Texas as part of the relocation for Katrina victims and the twins went to Arkansas with their Grandmother and Uncle. The twins lost contact with their mother and were raised by their grandma. Their lives were turned upside down again by the premature death of their grandmother.
They came to Los Angeles looking for employment and housing, but upon arrival at LAX they were so traumatized that they stayed in the airport for three weeks trying to “fit in” as travelers/tourists).
Eventually, airport security told them to leave the airport and go to a shelter. The next day the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) were alerted by Janet Denise Kelly, CEO, Sanctuary of Hope and the homeless shelter staff brought the twins to LAHSA’s office for assistance (ERT). Not only did we get them into permanent supportive housing, LAHSA helped them get a job and now both of the twins are attending attending Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC,
www.lattc.edu) Los Angeles Trade‑Technical College, Downtown Los Angeles.
Part of LAHSA services includes responding to emergency calls for homeless assistance from domestic violence to abandoned families. The Emergency Response Team (ERT) is 24/7. The Team gets requests from people in need, concerned community members or groups, social service agencies, City and County departments. LAHSA provideS shelter referrals, transportation and other services and makes every effort to respond within 24 to 48 hours. It does make a difference.
Soon this Summer the sisters will tell their story in a segment and feature in the LAHSA Annual video report that will be published on the agency website at: http:www.LAHSA.org.
We caught up with them recently as they were getting ready for an LATTC awards program that in LA this week.
“We’re so happy and so thankful to CEO Janet Denise Kelly, Sanctuary of Hope (SOH), who put us up and helped us get back on our feet,” said Renay Moore. “We are so grateful to LAHSA for giving us a chance to return to a normal, safe and secure life,” said Sade Moore, one of the twins, who received the award at a special event Friday (May 2, 2014), on the red carpet at a charity event.
The gala was a fundraiser for the LATTC Guardian Scholars Program and to salute the youth in the program who continue to demonstrate resiliency and do well in their academic studies.
The celebrity charity event featured The two star dancers, Gleb Savchenko and Julian Tocker with the hit show “Dancing with the Stars”. It was Los Angeles Trade Tech Guardian Scholars Program event, of which the two celebs are members. Most of the homeless youth that SOH provides support for in the areas of housing and other services are part of this program.
A video presentation was also shown that evening and both twin sisters thanked Director Jeanette Rowe, LAHSA Homeless Services for coming to their rescue and for helping them get housing.
Also spotlighted was Navin Bourland, one of the first homeless youth assisted by Sanctuary of Hope and LAHSA’s ERT in obtaining emergency housing.
ERT provided a hotel/motel voucher for him until they were able to find him safe and stable housing. That was almost a year ago. He is stably housed and pursuing a degree in architecture while interning for the Sanctuary of Hope.
The event was a celebration of a new beginning for three homeless youth that didn’t give up against all odds. “When you’re down on you’re luck, always believe in yourself and that someone will be there to help you,” said Sade Moore, with tears in here eyes. “People are there to help you just like they helped us.”
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