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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 12/30/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

No one likes to feel left out, yet we’ve all experienced the sting of being slighted, looked over or ignored at some point in our lives. In most cases, the harm is temporary and we’re able to move on. But other exclusions are more insidious because they divide Orange County based on differences in race, economic status, ethnicity, education, religion or sexual orientation.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 12/23/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Gang member. Felon. Dangerous person.  That’s what we might see if we looked at the people who work at - and are helped by - Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles.  Lucky for the world that Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy, sees something else. Boyle—or “G Dog” as he is known to his nearest and dearest—sees lives worth saving, and souls hungry to know their worth.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 12/16/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Jacqueline Hernandez knows what it’s like to be forgotten at the holidays. In foster care from the age of 3, she was moved from foster homes to group homes, and back again. “It was easy to pack up because I had basically nothing, just a couple of dolls and maybe three outfits,” she writes. “I never had a proper holiday. I would never get any real presents. I could never ask Santa for a toy and know that it would be there on Christmas morning.” 

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 12/9/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger launched a successful maiden flight, Sally K. Ride emerged as the first U.S. woman astronaut in space, and the Internet, as we know it today, was created.  Closer to home, 1983 is the year the Second Harvest Food Bank got started, the people behind it daring to dream of an end to hunger in Orange County.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 12/2/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

While much has been done to minimize the spread of HIV/AIDS in the U.S., the fight is far from over. And in honor of World AIDS Day, which was Sunday, remember that education remains a top priority, and getting involved is key to eradicating the virus. Organizations such as AIDS Services Foundation Orange County and Shanti Orange County are on the forefront of the battle, offering assistance and promoting awareness, education and prevention throughout the county.