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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Wellers’ Homeless Story — No 19

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Steve and Regina Weller of the LAPD Homeless Task Force

           LINDSAY RETURNS HOME 

         (Names have been changed.)

Note:  Donations may be sent to the Wellers as follows:  Checks should be addressed to     Homeless Task Force, 1400 Riviera Ave, Venice, CA 90291.

Lindsay was lying in front of the Church doors at the early morning hours, as she has before. The cold wind was blowing and her thin blanket didn’t offer much comfort. She told me that she had refused to take her meds for quite a while which had gotten her into a lot of trouble.

Lindsay’s been living on the streets of Venice for two years. She agreed with me to rethink how she might get out of the mess she was in, being that she’d been kicked out of housing and shelters for her “episodes”.   The LAPD Hope Car Officers Kwon and Ortiz had recently transported her to the VOA shelter but she didn’t stay. The officers had also contacted her family members living in the Northeastern states who were reluctant to allow Lindsay to return home because of the conflict she had caused in the past.

“Do you notice that people accept you better, when you take the medication that makes you feel better? “ I inquired.   “Oh yes! That’s exactly what I must do!” she reasoned. And today, she got a break: I spoke with her brother, who let me know that her father was open to letting his daughter stay with him on the condition that Lindsay consent to follow medical care instructions on a schedule. Lindsay promised.

We’re grateful for the Hope Team officers who collaborated with us, and who got the ball rolling with contacting the family. Yesterday, Julie and Jane of the Marina Del Rey RE/MAX Estate Properties dropped off hand made knit hats and jackets and financial support for the homeless. Tiffany was a proud recipient of the gifts, beaming in her bright blue jacket, matching hat, and her greyhound ticket in hand, “Now, I’m ready to go home to Goldsboro, North Carolina!

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