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Category Archives: San Bernardino
Although they are difficult to count, Terrance Stone, CEO of Young Visionaries homeless youth shelter estimates there are 25,000 homeless kids in San Bernardino County at any given time. The California Homeless Youth Project agrees. “Homeless youth are highly mobile and often try hard to avoid detection and contact with adults. … This means they are often not counted during annual homeless surveys.” During 2008-09, 81,000 services were provided by federally-funded runaway and homeless youth programs in California. While these services ranged from beds to street outreach contacts, it isn’t known how many homeless kids received no services.
There are only two shelters in San Bernardino County for kids who have run away from home, have been kicked out or are living on the streets. Young Visionaries, which has space available to house just four children at any time, is located in the city of San Bernardino. The other shelter, Our House, is in Redlands and has room for twelve homeless youth.
Dark green, red and orange. These are colors you may be seeing more often on kids’ school lunch trays starting this fall. The new school lunch standards unveiled by first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in January “will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation,” according to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture.
Even though french fries are still considered a vegetable, new requirements state that kids must be offered at least one serving of a dark green vegetable, one serving of a red or orange vegetable and one serving of beans or peas each week.
“When I walked into the rooms listening to their stories, it felt like I was there, watching everything happen,” said Amos Yandell, visitor to an interactive child abuse exhibit recently on display in San Bernardino County.
For the past three months an exhibit has been open to the public called “The Lisa Project” and has been hosted by three local cities in San Bernardino County.
Christina Ingram and Johnny Wright live about eight blocks from Secombe Park in downtown San Bernardino. But when they want to visit a park, they both ride the bus to a park that is six miles away in the nearby city of Highland. They feel that San Bernardino is dangerous. “Police are at the apartments across the street from me all the time, and the other day we heard gunshots,” says Ingram.
A middle-aged Latino man pulls something out of his pocket. In his hand, is a perfectly shaped tooth; a crown that fell out two years ago. He has been carrying it around with him, hoping to get it fixed one day. Without the crown, the tooth is a nub sitting on the gum line and can’t be used. With little hope of ever having the money to get his crown re-attached, he carried it with him to a free clinic hosted by the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.