Social Justice & Social Action – April 2018 – Part 1


Over the past few months, Laurel and Sophia Perry have continued to be involved in their passion—helping those who are experiencing homelessness.

Starting with the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count in January, we completed a visual count of those experiencing homelessness. With our own TBE member, Randy Ross, we followed a designated map up and down the streets and alleys. With roles of “driver”, “navigator”, and “counter”, we finished in two hours, just before 11:00 p.m. This visual-only tally helps understand the state of homelessness in Los Angeles County and helps local agencies provide  needed assistance.

In February, another opportunity presented itself with Family Promise. Family Promise is an organization that brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes, helping them to get back on their feet. At the San Pedro United Methodist Church, we volunteered with Sophia’s Camp Fire youth group to bring meals and entertainment to two families. Laurel spent the night as a chaperone. It was a very positive experience and we look forward to volunteering with this organization again.

A special thanks to Rabbi Briskin for his involvement in social action, social justice, and tikkun olam (repairing the world). We feel blessed to have such a great role model. Ultimately, it was an honor to go out in the community and make a difference.

Laurel and Sophia Perry