“I’m Patrick Ersig, and I’m part of the Jonah Project. We are in downtown Los Angeles, in the loft district of Skid Row, home to over 10.000 homeless people. The Jonah Project aims at empowering people to make positive changes in their lives.
The place is designed to look like a home, with carpets, nice tables, and couches that give the idea of small living rooms: a home away from home.
We carry out positive activities to empower them: we have computers with internet access, provide GED training, bible study, spiritual training, and drug and alcohol counseling.
We do movies; we have a stage that is used by musicians, artists, and homeless people who have musical talents but don’t have the instruments to perform. We also organize live concerts and art events.
The food that we receive is donated, and with the help of our crew and volunteers, we give it out to the poor and the homeless, even those on the streets.
We have a storage room in which we keep clean clothes, and we have places where people can eat, or relax.
We have a Sunday church service in the afternoon”.