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  • ‘Unsheltered’ – Art by Homeless, At-Risk Youth & Young Adults

    1 wall, 12 artists, 44 pieces. Framed, cataloged and ready for the grand opening  of ‘Unsheltered’ – Art by Homeless, At-Risk Youth & Young Adults of Los Angeles.

    We couldn’t be more excited. For the fifth time in two years, we are proudly presenting “Unsheltered’, a vibrant diverse collection of art, allowing a glimpse into the lives of  young artists, their struggles, hopes and dreams.

    Please join us on Saturday, February 4 between Noon-4 pm for the opening reception at Wash On Western. You will get a chance to meet some of the young artists, and maybe make one of their pieces yours. 100% of the proceeds go to the artist.

    Opening reception Saturday, February 4 Noon-4 pm at Wash On Western, 1548 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027


    Prepping the art wall at Wash On Western


    Every piece was carefully framed and cataloged


    Clarence working on the exhibit descriptions


    Art, art, art… as far as the eye can see

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    Artist Dondrell Lee dropping off his pieces





  • We did it

    Reaching out to you, we asked for your support. And you were willing to help. With your support, within only fourteen days, we were able to raise over $2,500, enough for a used RV.

    Bob, Alexis and AMD members Maike and Ross.

    Bob, Alexis and AMD members Maike and Ross.

    On Thursday, April 21 we did it, we bought an RV for our homeless friend Alexis. She moved in the same night, and her life has taken a 180 degree turn since then… She has been able to take showers in the privacy of her own home, has been able to cook and decorate and clean her clothes… and and and … all the things that we take for granted. And less than a week later, Alexis had her first job interview at a local restaurant.

    Alexis, Bridgette and Jada in their new home

    Alexis, Bridgette and Jada in their new home

    There are still things that need to be taken care of, like registration and insurance and some repairs, and we would like to be able to continue our support for Alexis for a few more weeks until she is financially secure enough to stand on her own two feet.

    Please consider making a small donation to support this cause! Your contribution will be tax deductible, and we will be able to provide you with a donation receipt.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us help Alexis!

    Maike Both
    Founder/CEO of A Million Drops


    Tips on Helping the Homeless

    Tip #1 – Acknowledge Them

    Life on the street can be very lonely. Imagine people walking by you, all day long, not even looking at you, as if you didn’t exist… I would very quickly lose any feeling of self worth. images-2

    A simple smile and a hello can make all the difference. Give a little of your time and talk to your homeless neighbor. There are so many paths that lead to homelessness, and each person has a different story. By  listening to them, you show that you care. And not just that. You will show by-passers that you care, and maybe inspire them to follow your example.


    images-4Tip #2 – Know How To Help

    It’s easy to provide practical and immediate help. You can keep granola bars and small bottles of water in your car, or pre-packed ziplock bags filled with travel size toiletries and a pair of socks. And don’t forget that many homeless have a dog for companionship and protection: fill some of the ziplock bags with dog food !

    Winter season brings extra hardship for the ones living on the streets.  Check your closet for warm clothes that you don’t wear anymore: a sweater, a hoodie or scarf, a pair of boots that you bought for a trip three years ago and haven’t worn since. Also, blankets, tarps, sleeping bags and tents are extremely helpful!


    Tip #3 – Understand

    Most of your homeless neighbors will be grateful for your offer, but you may also encounter someone who is having a really rough time and may be unable to appreciate your help. Please, don’t be discouraged. Just smile and keep on your way. You will find someone else to help. images-3

    One of the biggest problems homelessness face is being misunderstood, stereotyped and stigmatized. Every person living on the streets has his or her own story. Some are very educated and just down on their luck. Some are struggling with addiction. Others lost everything to medical bills, and some suffer mental illness. No matter what brought them to homelessness, they all deserve help.


    Tip #4 – Tell Others

    Talk with your friends, family and colleagues about what you have learned about homelessness. Maybe even start a blog and share your experiences with people outside your personal circle. If you talk and write from your heart, your compassion will spread; you will reach many, and they will want to join you in helping others!



    Homeless Joshua Talks About His Gratitude

    Homeless for over a year, Joshua discusses where he’s worked, the immigration challenges he has overcome and his overwhelming gratitude.  Help A  Million Drops help Joshua and people like him by donating at


    Joshua Is Homeless In Hollywood Part 2 from A Million Drops on Vimeo.


    Troy Shares His Thoughts On Gratitude

    Troy, who has been homeless for some time on the streets of Los Angeles, discusses the challenges he has faced and the gratitude he has.  Troy lives in an RV with his friend Joshua, is going to school and trying to get back on his feet.  Please help A Million Drops help Troy by donating today.

    Troy, Homeless in L.A, Talks About His Gratitude from A Million Drops on Vimeo.

  • Troy And Joshua Living On The Streets

    Troy And Joshua Living On The Streets

    Founder and Executive Director of A Million Drops, Maike, has spent a lot of time with Troy and Joshua, two homeless young men who now live in an RV on the streets of Los Angeles. Maike has sat down with them to find out they became homeless and what they are doing to get back on their feet.  Watch part 1 here and please help us help people like Troy and Joshua by donating to A Million Drops today.