• April

    "Addressing Homelessness" - Final Difference Makers Event of the Year

    On Monday, we wrapped up this year’s Difference Makers series on the topic of, “Addressing Homelessness,” by welcoming a team from Food on Foot:

    “Food on Foot is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the poor and homeless of Los Angeles through programs that provide nutritious meals, clothing, work opportunities and ultimately the transition to full-time employment and life off the streets.”

    Berkeley Hall’s Director of Communications, Lisa Taylor, moderated a discussion with Food on Foot Founder Jay Goldinger, and Program Director Kelsie Deppen. We saw a video of one of their many success stories – a man who once experienced homelessness, and with their help, is now working full-time and happily living in his own home.

    A highlight of the event was hearing from our own 8th grade student Difference Maker, Katie B., who, along with her parents, has been a regular volunteer at Food on Foot for several years. It was wonderful to hear Katie relay her experiences working with the organization and we are so proud of her! Thank you to mom, Sasha, for helping to arrange this week’s event, and to Sasha and Katie’s dad, Brad, for being such great examples and Difference Makers, too!

    Please visit www.foodonfoot.org for more information on this wonderful organization.
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  • February

    Difference Makers at Hope of the Valley

    The focus this year in our Difference Makers Series is Addressing Homelessness. In this second event in our series, we heard from Jonathan Leeper of Hope of The Valley Rescue Mission. Their mission is to attract people and resources to assist in the effort of meeting the needs of every hungry and homeless man, woman, and child in the greater Los Angeles area. Through strategic partnerships and services, they empower their clients (who they refer to as guests) with the faith, knowledge, resources and skills to lead a life of wholeness and self-sufficiency.

    In the first event of this series, we learned all about the homeless situation in Los Angeles and about supportive housing. And in our last event in this series, we will focus on feeding the homeless and get perspective from an organization called Food on Foot.
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Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8. Rigorous academics in a supportive atmosphere and grounded character development allow students to become fearless scholars and conscientious citizens - gain a love of learning, leadership with social responsibility, creativity with moral integrity, and self-esteem with compassion for others and the environment.