Homelessness in the IE

   This year, DESIGN FOR GOOD San Bernardino has expanded from four to five nonprofit organizations receiving re-branding assistance. Our goal is to see as many organizations around the county increasing impact due to greater community awareness.  We bring together up-and-coming graphic designers with worthy nonprofits looking to scale their programs, recruit volunteers or attract new donors.  D4G San Bernardino, April 8-9 at The Art Institute of California Inland Empire, is our third event and moves Arts4Good closer to its goal of providing 100K in pro bono design solutions to the region by 2018.


   The nonprofits selected to participate are SANTA CLAUS INC., providing new and lightly worn clothing to families during Christmas and throughout the year; CASA of San Bernardino, training court-appointed advocates to foster youth; DESERT MANNA of Barstow, with food and shelter assistance to member of the High Desert; REACH OUT based in Upland has a variety of programs encompassing economic literacy, health careers and educational opportunities; A CORE SOLUTION in Victorville with coaching and mentorship programs that transform lives.


   DESIGN FOR GOOD applauds the work of nonprofits working in San Bernardino county, often with adequate funding resources.  "The soul of their community" nonprofits are fighting human trafficking, homelessness, poverty, environmental racism, drop out rates, physical and sexual abuse, economic inequality, and social injustice. I've linked this post to a great article in the San Bernardino Sun, written by Ryan Hagen this past week. It discusses new research on women caught in a cycle of homelessness and solutions soon on the way. Read an excerpt.

*  *  * THE SUN, April 1, 2017 // Ryan Hagen

 Around Thanksgiving, a few months before the Point in Time count, Linda Lou Mogart got a visit from workers with Step Up on Second, a Los Angeles-based organization that got a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and San Bernardino County to house 212 homeless people over the course of a year.

At first, she didn’t believe them, said Mogart, 60, who had been homeless for about 20 years.

“People would come around from the different churches and things, but nothing like that,” Mogart said of the repeated visits to check in and update her on progress to find her a permanent place to live. “I never knew anything like that existed. I didn’t believe it.” But proof came in January when Step Up provided Mogart and her dog — her one constant companion for the last 14 years — with a new home.


   For a report on San Bernardino homeless see the 2017 Report.  To read the full story, see Homelessness. Related story on current homeless decline, see The Sun. Photo credit James Carbone. The Sun 4/1/2017