Above: Tania on the cover of The District – December 9, 2009
The District Weekly – December 9, 2009
The new issue of The District came out yesterday with an article that has been much anticipated around our home…
Rachel Powers, a writer for The District, has been putting this article together since the summer, and our friend and professional photographer, Russ Roca, took the photos several months ago.
We had no idea when the story would come out, or that they would choose this photo (above) for the cover shot…
I think it’s a great photo. That’s my beautiful wife, doing what she does everyday – giving her time, energy and love into making other peoples lives better.
I’m very proud of her!
The story is about the amazing place Tania works at called “The Village” which serves the homeless, “mentally ill” population with real care and true compassion.
Long Beach is finally learning about this world-famous and very successful resource in their own downtown.
People who work in the mental health field come from all over the world (right now there is a group from Japan visiting for a week) to do an “Immersion” and find out how the philosophy of The Village works.
The article does a great job of explaining the simple, but radically different approach The Village uses to help remind people that they are somebody of value, to reawaken their forgotten dreams and to both start and continue on that road back to health and stability.
Tania started working there in September of 2005 – how she got there is a story for another time – and since then she has grown in amazing ways.
I feel honored to be a part of her story and to be able to offer her my unconditional support for the work she does.