6/27/2022 3 Comments
East Oakland Community listening session to inform the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.
The last conference, in 1969, fundamentally shaped food policy for the next 50 years, including SNAP benefits, WIC and the School Breakfast Program.
Homies Empowerment organized a listening session with our community to hear how individuals and families are impacted by hunger and food access. We had 3 groups facilitated by Homies staff in Mam, Spanish and English.
6/25/2022 5 Comments
We had so much fun being at the TOWN NIGHT's TOWN CARNAVAL with our beautiful community in Oakland yesterday. Our next Town Carnaval is on July 8th. See you then.
With over 300 folks in attendance, we ran out of our 250 cups and burritos in less than 2 hours, Town Nights hosted by Homies Empowerment Program/Adelante was a great success. It took a barrio.
All the staff at Homies worked so hard to make it successful. Diego A. Rodriguez Zamora took about 10 trips to bring everything there. So thankful to Noel Gallo , Janet Stickmon , Isai Hurtado , Juma Crawford, Aaron Ortiz, Newin Orante , Gary Yee and Mike Hutchinson who all graciously went into the dunk tank.
All in all it was wonderful! How did it go for you? See you at the next one Friday July 8th at Arroyo Park.
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Thank you to the Warriors Community Foundation who donated championship shirts. Thank you to Swag by Asayo who donated over 80 boxes of delicious culinary goods by Black and Brown chefs. Thank you to Black Cultural Zone and the @CityofOakland Department of Violence Prevention for providing resources to make it happen.
Thank you La Familia Counseling Service for coming to table. Thank you to CORE, Native American Health and other partners for bringing COVID testing and the vaccine. Thank you to the Oakland firefighters for coming out. On July 8th we get to do it again at Arroyo Park from 6-9pm with folks like Lilibeth Gangas , Candice Elder , Loren Taylor , Treva Reid , Hodari B. Davis , Nhi Truong , David Kakishiba , Karely Ordaz , Adrian C. Henderson , G.T. Reyes and more. It was so inspiring to see so many African-American, Indigenous and Latino families enjoying themselves together. It was an all ages affair.
Thank you DJ Beasty Aguilar for coming to spin some good tunes. Folks was out there dancing too. Just amazing. Thank you JP Hailer for coordinating the folks on the booths. Thank you Eroida Lila Duran for taking care of the registration table. Thank you Selena Quiroz for taking care of the prizes section. We gave out over 400 prizes. Thank you Lola Garcia for taking care of the raspados. Thank you Ann Park and Ivette Salinas for coming to take care of a booth. Thank you Maria Castillo for making that delicious agua fresca (Lila too) and watching the kids in the Warriors jumpers. Thank you Rogelio Låst Nəme X , Greg Stone, Lizette Perez , Jazzy, Santa Teresa, Noemi Salmeron , Mauricio Salmeron , Florentina Mendoza Jiménez , Emma Estrada , Jeffrey, Vanessa Muniz, Cynthia, Cristobal, Olin, Amaru, Quetzali, Chestin, Rev Harry Louis Williams , Lizeth Gallo , Rubi Pelayo and so many others that helped out one way or another. Thank you Jay Jasper Pugao and Diego for being great MCs. Thank you Taqueria La Mejor and Juan Toscano-Anderson for taking some of the food. Thank you to the Arroyo Rec center folks for opening up the space for us. Thank you to the Oakland Brown Berets for protecting us.
Super blessed that day. We planned to receive half and before we knew it... we had double what we had planned to receive! truly a blessing for the community. I am so very thankful to Help A Mother Out for being an amazing partner to the comunidad. P.S. that day was HELLA Hot!! Much love to the FREEdom Store team and all the Homies Caretakers for showing up in a good way.
9th and 11th graders from LIFE Academy joined forces with the HOMIES Empowerment team to serve the community as part of their project-based and place-based learning in their environment today. We appreciate our youth leaders putting in that good work and taking care of their peoples today. Not only did they roll up their sleeves and jumped straight in with their service they even connected with the community, checking in the HOMIES staff, talked to the kids that were younger than them and even took care of the elderly by walking them with their groceries to their cars or the bus stop.
While Lila and the HOMIES Empowerment team held down the Freedom Store, Diego and Jay brought the youth to the Freedom Farm to break bread, circle around the fire and reflect from the day to talk about what they appreciated and what they're walking away with. They shared some really deep reflections from feeling humbled by helping their community, gratitude for having such privileges at home and even overwhelmed by the positivity of seeing one another help the elderly, our pregnant mothers and members of their community that didn't have much. They really inspired us today and we can't wait to see them again and are confident about the future with these leaders.
Thank you to the LIFE Academy teachers Carlos, April and Elizabeth for organizing the youth leaders and bringing them over to the Freedom Store and then the Freedom Farm to help us out and inspire us today.
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