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Mercy HouseMercy House is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. In the last 12 months, Mercy House has helped nearly 600 individuals remain in their homes, served nearly 2,000 people at access centers, aided more than 3,600 in emergency shelter programs, transitioned more than 190 people out of temporary shelters, and facilitated permanent housing for over 400. Donate directly!

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Enlisting one of Los Angeles' most abundant resources -- creative talent, The Story Project was founded in 1998 by folks concerned by declining literacy rates in schools.  To date more than a thousand at-risk kids have participated in this unique curriculum and the numbers continue to grow. The strategy is simple, inspire literacy through media avenues young people already enjoy. Classes are held after-school and are led by working writers, actors, directors and production professionals volunteering their time for students.  Through discussions and activities based in screenwriting, filmmaking, poetry, photography, and an assortment of media and art related fields, creative mentors reveal personal stories while inspiring the kids to share their own. These interactions bolster self-esteem while enhancing reading and writing skills. The Story Project recently expanded to schools and youth programs in Texas and Maryland.

Website: storyproject.org

News Release: 09.11.12 Michael Omidi & Julian Omidi, Co-founders of No More Poverty Contribute to The Story Project Local Youth Program Inspires Tomorrow’s Story-Tellers