Discussing homelessness at the Ozanam Inn
Last month, I sat down with my friend Clarence Adams Sr. to discuss the current state of homelessness in New Orleans, LA. Mr. Adams is currently the Administrator at Ozanam Inn, a homeless shelter for men, where he has worked for the past sixteen years. In this video, Mr Adams discusses the definition of "homeless," and the way Ozanam works to make homeless people Whole from a holistic perspective, including programs that go beyond just serving meals.
This video was shot at Ozanam Inn in New Orleans LA. I have known and worked with Mr Adams since 2008 on issues around homeless. He helped me become more knowledgeable about what it will take to make one Whole.
Mr. Adams is a hands on individual. He is the founder of the Forgotten Angels program, which sponsors a Christmas Party for hundreds of homeless children each year. He is a lifelong resident of New Orleans and is committed to making this community a better place for all people to live.
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Linda Jeffers is a community educator and organizer in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been organizing for thirty one years, and lived in New Orleans since 1970. During Hurricane Katrina, she became a voice and organizer of evacuees in the Astrodome and throughout Houston, Texas. She has worked on issues such as hurricane recovery, homelessness, and the BP oil disaster. Linda bridges communities with churches, and helps to develop policy at a local, state, and federal level. She also gathers stories and testimonies from the people, for the people, documenting lives on the Gulf Coast.