Levi’s Story

Levi first came to Safe Place for Youth over a year ago. Homeless and sleeping on the beach, Levi presented as an emotional, yet hopeful young woman. As Levi started attending Drop-In on a regular basis, she [More →]


Paul’s Story

Paul, 72, grew up in an impoverished family in Louisiana with nine brothers and sisters. His upbringing was rough and he made some poor decisions as an adolescent that resulted in a 25 year prison [More →]


Mary’s Story

Chaplain Steven Weller of the LAPD’s Homeless Task Force found Mary (not her real name) an 82 year-old woman, who had been sleeping in the bushes at the Venice library.  Pastor Weller’s wife, Regina, got [More →]


Ed’s Story

Ed, a very successful carpenter, became chronically homeless in Venice after an injury left him unable to work. When the Venice Outreach Team from PATH met Ed, his injuries and health had deteriorated. PATH was [More →]


Shawn’s Story

Shawn is a post-Vietnam era Veteran who served for approximately 4 years in the Navy, a period of time he recalls as being challenging yet meaningful. After separating from the military, Shawn’s mental health and [More →]


Glenn’s Story

Glenn has been a fixture in Venice for a number of years. His frequent appearances at a busy intersection in a disheveled and disheartening state often resulted in calls by concerned community members to emergency [More →]


Kasie’s Story

Kasie, 35, always thought of herself as the black sheep of her family. She grew up with three siblings and both parents at home, but her mental illness caused a rift very early. Kasie recalls that she [More →]


Rachel’s Story

Rachel is a former foster youth who attended Safe Place for Youth’s Drop-In Center for case management and supportive services. Rachel completed high school and briefly attended the University of California, Riverside, however left college [More →]

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Shayla’s Story

Everyone in Venice has spotted Shayla at one time or another:  making her rounds to 3rd and Rose, Ocean Front Walk, the Venice Library, and the Venice Skill Center.   Shayla has been homeless since 2007, [More →]