• So we had our first ever Game Night at the A Million Drops Learning Center! It was a full house with games of Scrabble, Jenga, Chess, Catan and others! It was lots of fun and had a bunch of delicious food! Thanks to our awesome supporters Heidi and Robert Urbina, Ed and Dana Robledo and Karen Cota Sheahan. A special thank you to Mother Moo Creamery for donating the most delicious, organic ice cream!

     

  • We went on a small outing to view our very own Brian Sicurella portrayed in Jovrnalism’s 360 degree documentary, Homeless Realities. The documentary was a surprisngly intimate and beautiful piece of art spotlighting several people who are experiencing homeless in Los Angeles. The spotlighted participants were not only the focus of the documentary, they were also trained on new emerging technology while being involved in the creative side of the project!

     

  • Thank you to all the beautiful people who generously donated needed items through our Amazon Wish List. If you haven’t already taken a look, our Amazon Wish List can be found here:

    A Million Drop’s Amazon Wish List

     

  • Our first free haircut day was a success! Thanks so much Erick Orellana, Donnie Thorpe and Robert Rea from Cristophe Beverly Hills and José Eber Hair who had volunteered their time and skills, tirelessly working all day, cutting, styling and blow drying the hair of dozens of people who had signed up for a free hair cut! While waiting, clients enjoyed free coffee and snacks and the music program put together by DJ Aaron Paar. Thank you Andrew Froemming and the Hollywood Adventist Church for providing space for the event. Thank you Joshua Townsend, Brian Sicurella and Andrew Froemming for helping set up!

  • In our past weeks acting class, under the guidance of professional actor and teacher Robert Galinksy, our class experimenting with various walking techniques to develop and create unique characters!

  • Charles J Malki teaching his 2nd out of 10 lessons for his class: The Making Of An Organic Food Forest 10 Week Course (2/10). We will be hosting his 3rd workshop next Wednesday at 2pm! It’s still soon enough to get involved if you are interested. There will be 4 weeks of make up classes after the 10th week! Thank you Charles J Malki once again for all the amazing information on plants, gardening and organic fertilizers! And thank you and your family for the gift basket! Always a pleasure to have you around!!!

      

  • We had a great time at Turtle – A (mostly) Storytelling Show!! Several of our clients (who are talented themselves) got to see a storytelling show by great performers who had us laughing, surprised and deep in thought! Thank you Beowulf Jones and all performers for a wonderful night out!

  • How time flies! It’s been six months already since we opened the doors to our A Million Drops Learning Center, and during that time, it quickly learned to walk and is now slowly beginning to outgrow its baby shoes.

    Each day, we are at full capacity and all in all, we serve up to 25 people daily, Mondays through Fridays from 2 – 6 pm.

    Our weekly programs include classes in Edible Gardening, Acting and Poetry, as well as a Self-Empowerment Workshop. We also have a Podcast and a Film Club, both run by clients of the Learning Center.

    The amazing teachers who volunteer time, sharing skills and knowledge are Charles Malki of IV Organics (Edible Gardening); Greg Johnson of the L.O.V.E. Foundation (Self-Empowerment); Robert ‘The Bench’ Galinsky (Acting); Marquesha ‘Kiki’ Babers (Poetry & Spoken Word). Our guest Antonio Rivera runs the Film Club and Scott Clapson, also a guest, is in charge of the Podcast.

    Charles (right) and his student Josh serving food grown in our own, edible garden

    Robert Galinsky (front row, 2nd from left) and students of his weekly Acting Class

    Greg Johnson from the L.O.V.E Foundation (4th from left) and participants of his monthly Self-Empowerment workshop

     

     

     

     

     

    Marquesha ‘Kiki’ Babers is teaching a weekly Poetry Class

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Anton, introducing a movie for his weekly Film Club.

    Scott with guests of his Podcast, ‘Real Good Stuff’

     

     

     

     

     

    On December 8, we celebrated A Million Drops’ 5th Anniversary (as well as six months of the Learning Center). With the help of decorations generously donated by film prop house Green Set, the auditorium adjacent to our Learning Center (that is included in our lease for events and classes) was turned into a magical forest.

    DJ Aaron Paar provided the perfect musical background, and everyone who came to celebrate with us had a great time.

    Many visitors who stopped by to drop off a sleeping bag  stayed to browse our bazaar and went home with gift items, from art, greeting cards and painted river rocks to cute little succulents pots home baked cookies – all created by guests of the Learning Center.

    We have big plans for 2019! Our main goals are to start the A Million Drops Choir and to produce a play with the cast and crew consisting of members of our homeless community. Our clients are excited and motivated, and looking forward to the great things that are going to happen in the new year!

    We wish you all a very happy, healthy, peaceful, exciting , positive and successful year 2019, and we hope that we will be able to count on your continuous support.

  • This past Tuesday we had the pleasure of enjoying another gardening workshop with Charles Malki of IV Organics. Here is a video he and his business have put together from the workshop (that includes several of our participants) that outlines 6 tips you can use when tree planting!

     

  • Since opening day, A Million Drops has been growing in visits and new visitors! Thank you for all your help and support!