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Shelter Our Students: Support PCC Homeless Students

Shelter Our Students: Support PCC Homeless Students

Join us on April 28 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm to support a joint venture of Learning Works and Pasadena City College to launch Shelter Our Students for PCC-enrolled homeless students. 

Father Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Barking to the Choir will be speaking. Music will be provided by the PCC Jazz Ensemble. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. To buy tickets call Jennifer Bailey at 626.564.2871 or click here

It is estimated that nearly 20% of community college students in the Los Angeles area are without a place to sleep at night or are in non-permanent housing situations that include staying in cars, using friends' couches, and staying in unsafe situations. We ask for your support in a collaborative venture between Learning Works Charter School and Pasadena City College to open a rapid-response shelter for homelessPCC students who might otherwise sleep on the streets. With your assistance, we can keep them successfully enrolled with support from the PCC community.  

In order to launch this emergency shelter for homeless students, we are rallying the Pasadena-area community to support the first year, which will only cost $200,000. Costs will include overnight staff salaries, start-up supplies (such as cots and bedding), and daily cleaning. The proposed entity would use the school facility and be open on school nights throughout the year. The layout includes two separate large rooms for gender segregations, sufficient restrooms, laundry facilities, and gated parking for students with cars. It is hoped we launch this Sunday-Thursday shelter for the 2018-2019 school year.

The stage at La Casita will serve as a platform for multiple audiences to engage with and
transform, as each group brings their own offerings and additions to the dynamic sculpture/stage.
In speaking about their residency at La Casita, Slanguage says the following:
“When we first started this project at La Casita, we had a very general idea of the
thematic we wanted to use but we discovered so much being in residency and allowing
the place, the people around to inspire it. We first did research and looked at possibilities
of sculpture in homes and self-taught artists.
For instance, we took a few trips to the Haunted Shack Garden in Pasadena -- the home
of Brent Allen Spears, which has been transformed into sanctuary of altars, totems, and
sculptures built of recycled materials, broken ceramics, and discarded objects. We also
went to Disneyland to look at the Light Parades and how they built them. We had writing
and drawing sessions for ourselves to brainstorm. And finally we took note of the school
across the street, the kids, the parents, and all the street vendors that daily pass by to sell
candy, fruits, and snacks.
We were so much inspired by the vendors and their packed food carts and trucks, which
were sculptural and architectural. Finally, we decided to use the idea of a discarded
object like the Haunted Shack Gardens. This was structure that was left in the back of La
Casita which nobody knew what it was and who it belonged to. So we decided this would
be the perfect stage to be transformed and reused as a public stage.










Saturday, April 28, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103