Years ago, I saw an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times. Its headline read, “Sometimes words aren’t enough. Even for a newspaper.”
That resonated with me. While reporting community news with articles and photographs is vital, a newspaper also has the ability to make a difference in “building community.”
We’re now in our third decade of publication at The Outlook, and covering the remarkable work of our local nonprofit organizations has been a significant mission since the day we launched our company. We’re a family-owned business and have discussed the importance of “giving back” and charity. We are keenly aware that our company is in a unique position to help make a difference, and feel not only that we are blessed, but that we have a social responsibility. Continue reading “In Praise of Pasadena’s Spirit of Giving and Serving”
For those who haven’t been touched lately by a PBS program, sound the “Masterpiece” trumpet: More free, quality content is coming with even more means to access it, whether it’s streamed from the local affiliate’s website, its app or through your cable provider.
Recent Pasadena transplant Andrew Russell, who serves as president/CEO of Public Media Group of Southern California, is making increased accessibility part of his greater mission in the ever-changing broadcast landscape, “for viewers like you,” as the tagline goes. Continue reading “Pasadena’s Russell Is Keeping PBS in the Public Eye”
With the holiday season quickly approaching, people far and wide have begun to gather energies, recipes and vacation days to unite with family, immediate or extended, or take part in a “Friendsgiving” celebration.
But for Annie and her wife, Gail, the holidays are especially poignant: Surrounded by their four young children brimming with energy, love and chatter, the mothers are reminded how they built their family in the nontraditional way, by fostering to adopt through Five Acres, a child- and family-services agency based in Altadena.
Annie reminisces about how each child came into the family fold. Some were easier to adopt than others, while some of the adoptions were filled with nausea and nerves and sleepless nights ahead of court battles.
“I compare the adoption process to me giving birth — as painful as it could be, as soon as it was over and they were ours I was ready to do it all over again,” said Annie, who requested that her last name be withheld to protect her children. Continue reading “Five Acres Sounds the Alarm: More Foster Families Needed”
Twenty-year-old culinary student Angel Hankins’ outlook has always been about living the best life she possibly could, despite hardships and heartaches she experienced while growing up in South Central Los Angeles. The glowing, soft-spoken young woman loves to cook, she admits, and, even more, she loves to smile. She beams even as she says it. Continue reading “Facing Grave Illness, Aspiring Chef Fulfills Dream to Serve Teens”
The Pasadena Salvation Army gathered its troop of community volunteers and extended a warm welcome to the area’s homeless recently, offering up a large array of health and wellness services as well as a hearty meal and good company at its spacious Walnut Street campus.
The annual Homeless Connect Day event has become a resounding success over the past 11 years, now with 46 service providers offering personalized attention to some 130 homeless clients, providing food, haircuts, dental and vision screenings, flu shots and pet services, among other ministrations. The event was held this year in partnership with Grandview Foundation, Pacific Clinics, the city of Pasadena, Union Station Homeless Services, the local business community, service providers, local government and Azusa Pacific University student volunteers.
Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority representatives also were on hand to help facilitate paperwork for the homeless who are trying to obtain identification, renew a license or sign up for other processes. Continue reading “Salvation Army’s ‘Homeless Connect’ Serves With Heart”
Like a lot of concerned Pasadenans, longtime resident Dr. Monique Margetis was alarmed by what seemed to be the growing number of homeless men and women she saw on the streets, under overpasses, crowding the parks.
As a pediatric pulmonary specialist, she also was familiar with children living in unhealthful conditions — in garages, for example — when their parents couldn’t afford more. Continue reading “Union Station’s Allies Forge Friendships to Help Homeless”