Hsi Lai Temple Responds to Homeless Needs
【人間社記者 R. August Peterson Los Angeles報導】 2017-11-01
  • 圖說:BLIA Los Angeles Senior Advisors work together to package the items. 人間社記者Chih Cheng Chang攝

  • 圖說:BLIA Los Angeles Senior Advisors move the products for loading. 人間社記者Chih Cheng Chang攝

  • 圖說:A group photo with Ven. Huidong and Ven. Yikong at the courtyard of Hsi Lai Temple before delivery. 人間社記者Chih Cheng Chang攝

  • 圖說:Deliver 50 boxes of diapers to the The Whole Child in Whittier. 人間社記者Yafan Huang攝

  • 圖說:Working together to unload the items. 人間社記者Yafan Huang攝

  • 圖說:Delivery at the Harbor Interfaith Services. 人間社記者Yafan Huang攝

On October 27, 2017, Hsi Lai Temple and the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Los Angeles Senior Advisors Committee donated 180 boxes of personal care products to three local shelters to help the homeless transition back into society.

“With BLIA and Hsi Lai Temple working together with local government and community members, we are all able to lift up those most at risk, and through helping them we can create a healthier and happier community for everyone.” Said BLIA Senior Advisors Committee Event Coordinator Gina Ooi.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn sent out a message to organizations in the County that local shelters are in critical need of personal care products. In response, BLIA enacted the “Winter Love Joy for Women and Children” product drive which resulted in raising over 3,000 personal care items for women and children.

“Public funding covers some of our expenses, but [personal care products] are 100% donated and they tend to go fast. This came at just the right time for us – it’s like Christmas came early.” Said Martha Flecha Raza, Program Director at Harbor Interfaith.

The three non-profit organizations that received donations from BLIA are: “The Whole Child” in Whittier CA, focuses on the mental health needs of local and homeless children; “Whittier First Day Coalition” in Whittier CA, focuses on short-term emergency transitional housing program and employment services; and “Harbor Interfaith Services” in San Pedra CA, focuses on outreach to the chronically homeless and working poor by providing job training, budgeting, and rent assistance.

“I’ve seen the need for homeless services increase over the past few years, both in the city and the surrounding areas. This (donation) is awesome. Thank you guys so much from the bottom of our hearts.” said Evon Green of The Whole Child organization.

All three organizations provide in-take services for anyone that might be at risk:
The Whole Child, Whittier CA: www.thewholechild.info / 562-692-0383
Whittier First Day Coalition, Whittier CA: www.whittierfirstday.org / 562-693-4097 or 562-373-5264
Harbor Interfaith Services, San Pedro CA: www.harborinterfaith.org / 310-831-0589

For more information about Hsi Lai Temple and BLIA, visit their website: www.hsilai.org