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  • Real Good Stuff

    REAL GOOD STUFF

    Regular supporters may already know about this, but if you are a new friend of A Million Drops, we would like to tell you about Real Good Stuff, a podcasting show hosted by Scott Clapson, originally produced by New York DJ Cherish The Luv, and sponsored by A Million Drops.

    In 2018 and 2019, Scott was not only a regular guest at the A Million Drops Learning Center, he also taught a weekly podcasting class there to fellow unhoused folks. During that time, has recorded more than 30 conversations with people surviving homelessness, and with community advocates/activists who express new narratives and shift the perceptions, stereotypes and opinions about those who are unhoused or struggling with permanent shelter.

    Scott’s first podcast, a conversation with NY actor and playwright Robert Galinsky, is available on his own website, sponsored by us; you can listen to it here. We are very proud, and excited to see where Scott will be taking take his show. We believe the sky is the limit.

  • AMD During Corona

    AMD DURING CORONA

    It’s been over a year since we closed the A Million Drops Learning Center. Here is what we have been up to since:

    • provided over 1,000 free laundry vouchers, so that people experiencing homelessness can wash their clothing, blankets and sleeping bags.

    • handed out over 100 bags with toiletries, socks, bottled water and energy bars.

    • bought sofas, beds, chairs, refrigerators, desks, shelves, lamps, curtains, linens, kitchenware, decorative items and other needed items for previously unhoused individuals who finally moved into apartments.

    We couldn’t do any of this without your support, and we are very grateful for the donations we have received after we closed the Learning Center.

  • A Million Drops Learning Center Is Closing

    A MILLION DROPS LEARNING CENTER IS CLOSING


    Two years ago we took the big step signing a lease for a space in Hollywood, so we could offer classes and workshops in a safe, quiet and happy environment to people experiencing homelessness, and it is with deep sorrow and regret that we are announcing the closing of the A Million Drops Learning Center. Our Director Maike devoted all her time outside of her regular job to make things happen, and she finally realized that the responsibility is too much much for one person to handle.

    It was an amazing time. Every day was filled with unpredictable challenges, we succeeded, we failed and then succeeded again, and we don’t regret any of it. We learned a lot, about ourselves and about humanity, and we will forever appreciate the trust and friendship we received from the people who came to our Learning Center.

    While the Learning Center is closing its doors, A Million Drops will not cease to exist. We will continue our Free Laundry Voucher program, and return to doing outreach on foot, providing needed items, like toiletries, socks and underwear. We will also keep supporting some of the individuals who used to come to our center and whom we have come to know during the past two years.
    Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past two years, we could not have done it without you, and please consider to continue your support!
  • American Street Kid

    AMERICAN STREET KID

    We are thrilled to announce that A Million Drops was chosen as one of two non-profits to benefit from the theatrical release of American Street Kid, a full length documentary about the lives of youth and young adults in Los Angeles experiencing homelessness. We are very grateful to director Michael Leoni and his producing team for selecting us!

  • Charity Poker Tournament

    CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT

    Our 1st Annual Charity Poker Tournament was a full success! We couldn’t be happier! Five lucky winners took their prize money home, and we were able to raise a nice amount for our A Million Drops Learning Center. Please enjoy a few snapshots of the event, from setting up to the final three players.

    Frank Uchalik Jr, owner of Alpha Medical Props, had cleared out space in one of his showrooms.

    Pam Elyea and Linda Busquet, two of our wonderful volunteers, with AMD board member Don W. Neil

    The calm before the storm… during registration, the player enjoyed the yummy taco dinner, provided by Jim and Maria Knox

    Our very cool, event themed signage was created by NCIS graphic designer Doug Reilly

    We showcased pieces that were created by youth and young adults experiencing homelessness

    More beautiful works by some of the peeps who come to our A Million Drops Learning Center

    We started out with eight tables…

    As more and more players were eliminated, tables were taken out until the final eight players were seated at the last remaining table.

    A large monitor displayed the current time, round, blinds and minutes left.

    Tension and anticipation grew with only seven players left.

    Larrick represented A Million Drops at one of the tables and made it about 2/3 through!

    Everybody was holding their breath; you cut have cut the tension with a knife

    The rush of adrenaline was too much; one of our players had to stand up to release tension….

    The final three, Lisa, the tournament director and excited spectators

  • Game Night At A Million Drops!

    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!

     

  • Homeless Realities Documentary

    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 For Your Donated Items!

    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

     

  • Free Hair Cut Day!

    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!

  • What’s Happening, Dec. 3rd – December 8th

    Besides Our 5th Anniversary Celebration coming up this Saturday, December the 8th, we have a bunch of stuff going on at the center this week between 2pm-6pm (regular hours, Monday through Friday), as well as a workshop after hours at 6:30pm to 8pm on Wednesday. Also, P.A.T.H. will be coming in this Wednesday at 2:30pm to do a special presentation on a new shelter opening up for both men and women!

     

    Gardening Workshop with Charles – Tuesday, December 4th, 3pm – 4:30pm
    We have another gardening workshop with Charles Malki of IV Organics! Come learn how to grow and tend to your own food in our edible garden this Tuesday!

     

    The Schrader Project Presentation by P.A.T.H. – Wednesday, December 5th, 2:30pm
    P.A.T.H. will be coming in to discuss a new shelter opening up near The Blessed Sacrament which will offer shelter to both men and women! P.A.T.H. will also be handing out ID vouchers for those who have had proper ID, who no longer have ID, so they may obtain new ID for free!

     

    Acting Workshop with Robert Galinsky – Wednesday, December 5th, 6:30pm- 8pm
    We’ll be opening up after hours for this special acting workshop! If there isn’t enough room inside A Million Drops for those attending we are planning to open up the church auditorium (the double doors to the right of A Million Drops from the outside)!

     

    Movies & Film Workshop with Anton – Thursday, December 6th, 2:30pm – 5pm
    Come watch a movie and take part in group discussions! Are you interested in directing, acting, media? Please come enjoy yourself and bring your input!

     

    Poetry Workshop with Megan – Friday, December 7th, 3:30pm
    Megan is set to lead us through another poetry workshop this week! Do you enjoy creative writing? Are you just interested? Come try it out!

     

    We are looking forward to seeing all of our visitors this week!