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Posted on July 4 at 6:37 a.m.

I think it is great news about the new detox center. This will be very helpful for many of the friends on the streets. As far as Casa, I think we need to continue to rally around them to support them and also peace make between business owners and those who use the shelter services. More community involvement will perhaps help.

Jeff Shaffer

On Good News, Bad News for Casa Esperanza

Posted on May 12 at 5:04 p.m.

You did an excellent job Isabelle, capturing the event and where we need to go... the facts are that we need to continue to work together and coordinate efforts. Homelessness is complex - so solutions will be complex and multi-faceted. I have been walking with street friends for six years - have much more to learn. But I can say that we need to look at both statistics and individual stories - because each person has his or her own story. I am willing to hear everyone out - as I am involved with leadership within Common Ground. I believe in good conversations over coffee if you don't believe that these friends should be housed and cared for - I can hear you out. For all those who want to join the effort, let me know. You can find my contact info on or send me a message on the Common Ground Santa Barbara Facebook page.

Jeff Shaffer

On The Homeless Count

Posted on March 5 at 12:53 p.m.

Thanks Isabelle for all the coverage of common ground, for joining us at boot camp, for being involved every step of the way. Keep it up - now we enter into the important stage of housing and getting the care needed!

Jeff Shaffer

On Finding the Most Fragile

Posted on November 9 at 6:26 a.m.

Solutions - New Ways of Thinking and Doing - Why are we not doing this rather than blaming. I am a part of a local meal sharing with friends without homes, and we work not just to feed but to help get friends off the streets. But, I was at one of these Casa Planning Commission meetings, and can certainly see the side that the business owners are talking about. Each friend on the street has their own story though - we cannot put them all under the same banner. The truth is I believe that citizens can be a part of the solution - we can peace make between some of these street people and businesses - but so few get involved long term. We need people to get involved long term.

On Homeless Shelter Permit Can't Be Touched

Posted on September 30 at 7:29 p.m.

I am involved in a local meal sharing - and would just simply say the situation in our city is very complex. Each friend I have on the street has a unique story - we categorize them to make it easier to understand ourselves. I would say that we need to work together to find solutions and not just pass a problem on to someone else. Any healthy city and government will care for the poor and call forth those needed to help. I believe there is a win win here - but we must dialogue peacefully.

On Bark Less, Bite More

Posted on September 28 at 10:21 a.m.

I know Nabil personally, and am thankful for his approach. I am not of the same faith, but we work together with some of the local poor. I believe in peace making - not stirring up even more hatred for sure. So, thanks to contributing to the conversation. I know that to live in the real world, more straight up peace making must be practiced. My faith has put some awful things into practices in the past - but I try to create a positive Kingdom vibe with our little community in spite of some of our history. I am glad that I am taken for what I am...

On Ramadan Reflections on Park51

Posted on April 28 at 12:07 p.m.

yes, seems to me there is a war on "certain drug" or on "certain subcultures" using drugs... but we are a drug crazed society, just by the amount of drugs we can get our hands on. I think there needs to just be more pre-emptive relational work done in our communities to offer other solutions, via a grass root network of relationships and communities. Much harder to do, much easier to pass laws and jail folks (though that is more expensive). We are a society lacking in wisdom as a whole....

On Legalization, Liberty, and Incarceration

Posted on January 26 at 6:50 a.m.

A unified movement is necessary, between government officials, city agencies, shelters, and the public. My end of this is to raise awareness within churches and other organizations, to mobilize individuals to make a difference. Everyone is invited to Pershing Park Wed nights at 5:30 for our meal sharing. I don't think we can have opinions about the homeless until some of them are our friends and we know their stories.

On Weekend Chill Kills Three Homeless

Posted on July 15 at 6:20 a.m.

Wonderful - thanks Ken for organizing this. We need to be involved with our friends on the streets.


On East Beach Memorial Honors Deceased Homeless

Posted on December 22 at 11:06 a.m.

Some of these comments are ridiculous. I know one of the women involved. Not everyone on the streets is a criminal. Glad that this is being looked into.

Folks, homelessness is a complex issue. Get involved yourself and you will find out.

Thumbs up for the compassionate replies.

On Free to Go : Where?

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