Affordable Housing Rocks, our One-Year Anniversary Celebration of Making Housing & Community Happen
Thank you to all who volunteered and attended "Affordable Housing Rocks," our One-Year Anniversary Celebration of MHCH on November 2nd, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Pasadena! It was truly an evening to remember!
Affordable Housing Rocks was a huge success! We raised over $5,000 at the event, and donations are still coming in!
Thank you to all who volunteered and attended Affordable Housing Rocks, our One-Year Anniversary Celebration of Making Housing & Community Happen on November 2nd, 2019! It was truly an evening to remember!
Check out a few highlights from the event...
Felicia Williams, running for City Council pictures with me, Jill Shook in the park that First Baptist has on their campus where the 1st part of the event took place.
Cynthia Kirby-raised in So Pasadena, shared her story of how she was homeless for 10 years staying in E. Pasadena motels with drugs & prostitution. Due to permanent supportive housing and a renewed commitment to her faith, now on staff & a leader at church
JPL Scientists, who are accomplished musicians performed big band music. They call themselves the Big Band Theory. They walked through the park where the event started playing “When the Saints go Marching in” and then led us unto the gym for the next part of the event. Folks broke into dance—it was a magical moment!!
Five people were honored as Affordable Housing Rock Stars including Anne Marie, who was once homeless as a teen, now leads our ADU committee and her daughter Lili, 15 is very involved with us and starting an advocacy club at school-was also awarded. Anne Marie’s five kids help paint rocks that said, “You Rock” that were given as party favors.
Dr. Anderson, principle of Marshall Fundamental, invited students from Elementary to High School to do projects to address the housing crisis, which were judged by City Council members (an others like me). Some of winners provided booths at our event. People were overjoyed to meet these students along with professional affordable housing developers with booths next to them
Kids made banners to bring to public meetings and then marched through the middle of the crowd during the program. They also painted tiny little houses and made comfort kits --- items that those experiencing homelessness could use. Teens make cookies to sell and also helped to sell lemonade.