SERIES – On Skid Row: Part Four, God

PART 4 OF 5 – For full series, click here.skidrow

Los Angeles’ homeless community isn’t exactly hidden, yet poverty is a particularly easy issue to ignore as we go about our busy days, driving through the city streets at high speeds worrying about our own problems. I hope you’ll stop and take a minute to watch these short films from 2008. Especially in this economy, there but by the grace of God go us all.

Journalist Sam Slovick posted a comment for us after we featured part one on HiddenLA:

“Thanks for posting my skid row doc series. Sadly not a lot has changed since I made it. I’m about to shoot another as a companion piece to a story for the launch of the new SLAKE magazine. This one will consider home as an internal condition, as apposed to a geography through the lens of some decidedly disenfranchised people who have found themselves fallen deep between the cracks on skid row in L.A.”

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DESCRIPTION: Part 4: Union Rescue Mission’s Orland Ward and Skid Row preacher Pastor Jeffery Thomas reveal the role of God on Skid Row. Alongside Skid Row’s hustlers, transients, and cops are a lesser known population of children, social servants and religious workers whose daily lives play out on LA’s most dangerous city blocks.

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6 Responses to “SERIES – On Skid Row: Part Four, God”

  1. Veronica G says:

    Your film series really touched me. I live in Los Angeles, and I always knew there was a skid row, and that there was tragedies there. But watching this series was a real eye opener because it exposed these tragedies in a very raw manner. I felt like I was there, on the other side of the road, watching all of this happen as you were watching. This film inspires me to help the people of Skid Row. Every time you mentioned The Financial District right down the street really got me because it really drew the nail through that the people right down the street, who collectively hold well over a billion dollars, can really make a difference. Yet, nothing has really been done. These people are still dying, with no way out.

  2. Karen S. says:

    I know Orlando very very well….I know the area very well…
    Thank you for your work.

  3. Ending puppy mills and other types of animal neglect is very important to me.

    • Bea K. says:

      For Kendal Chenevey,
      While animal neglect and abuse should always be of importantance to us (in order to help save them), “human life” should be that much “more” important to us ALL (including yourself). Think about the ‘humans’ who help to take care of those animals and where we’d all be ‘without’ them?
      Go down to places like ‘Skid Row’ and see what’s really going on, when it comes to the ‘suffering’ of others, at the hands of people who could care less about them (I thank the Lord everyday for places like the Fred Jordan Mission, and others that give much needed help to as many as they can)? See for yourself “children, the young and old, infirmed, etc.”, eating from garbage cans, dumpsters, some with NO food, then tell me how you can close up your bowels of compassion when it comes to them”???
      Personally, I’d feel really awful if the God who “made us ALL”, decided to turn His back on His human creation, by saying, “I’ll give it all to the animals instead and cut out the humans”. I’m truly grateful for eye-opening videos like these, which is a ‘wake-up’ call of huge proportion.

  4. Bronson says:

    The ability to hope, to believe in the unbelievable, I will always stand in awe, that it can create positive change that is beyond measure.

  5. Занятно пишете, жизненно. Все-таки, для того, чтобы делать по-настоящему интересный блог, нужно не только сообщать о чем-то, но и делать это в интересной форме:)

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