Goodwill garden

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTogether the 28 freshmen students and the shelter residents cultivated the soil, planted sunflower, cilantro, pepper, tomato and other vegetable seeds and watered the tiny plants as they poked up through the dirt. For the project, the residents and students also shared stories about their life experiences at First Day and in the students’ classrooms at Whittier College. Resident Pat Bouchard, who lived on the streets for two years before making his way to the shelter three years ago, said visiting the college has been as satisfying as watching the garden grow. “Being invited to a college class when you are homeless sends your self-esteem through the roof,” he said. The experience has been equally transformative for the students, said Spanish professor Rafael Chabran, who teaches a social services class with Paula Sheridan. WHITTIER – The best part of Michele Rodriguez’s day is driving into the parking lot at the homeless shelter where she lives and seeing tall, yellow sunflowers reaching for the sky. The garden was planted on a stretch of dirt next to the lot by Rodriguez and other residents of the Whittier Area First Day Coalition’s shelter and Whittier College students. “It has been a shared experience that brought me fulfillment and purpose,” said Rodriguez, who lived in parks, cars and the street before moving to the shelter earlier this year. “Now where there was just dirt, I see life.” It was the second time the shelter’s 38 residents have partnered with the college’s students to plant the garden. It was Sheridan, an associate professor of social work, who brought the idea for the garden to First Day officials last year. “We always talk at the college about using the Los Angeles area as an actual laboratory, and that is what is happening here,” said Chabran. “This type of project forces students to learn in the real world.” Digging in the dirt with the First Day folks broke down barriers for 18-year-old Teresa Hidalgo. “I’ve come to realize they aren’t just the homeless. They are actual human beings, just like me, who I can relate to,” she said. “I thought we would just be helping the homeless residents, but we ended up learning from them,” said Samantha Smith, 19. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher is in a battle for that final seat in Europe.Pat The Cope Gallagher is hanging on to his European Parliament seat by his finger nails after the fifth count in the Midlands North West European constituency resulted in Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness being elected.It means the veteran Donegal Fianna Fail politician is in a straight fight with Independent Marian Harkin for the fourth and final seat.Ms McGuinness reached the quota after getting 72% of Jim Higgins’ available transfers following his elimination. As a result, the Fine Gael candidate reached 135,698 votes to put her ahead of Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy who is on 126,492.With Carthy expected to be elected next, it leaves The Cope in a dogfight with Harkin who he is trailing by over 27,000 votes.It will all come down to how the transfers of his party colleague Thomas Byrne, who has been eliminated,  is distributed.Standings after fifth count: Flanagan, Luke “Ming” (Ind) electedMairead McGuinness (FG) 135,698 electedMatt Carthy (SF) 126,492Marian Harkin (Ind) 95,577Pat “The Cope” Gallagher (FF) 67,606 Thomas Byrne (FF) 63,392 eliminatedEURO ELECTION 2014: PAT THE COPE HANGING IN THERE was last modified: May 27th, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:copeelectioneuropeangallagherpatlast_img read more