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How can each one of us help end homelessness in our community? Dear Community friends, My interest in homeless issues began when a good friend of mine became homeless and I couldn’t help him, and grew when Dr. Lars Osterberg and Dr. Don Barr visited Palo Alto University Rotary Club to tell us about the new healthcare clinic that they had opened at the Opportunity Center. When they surveyed the homeless in our community and asked them what they were most afraid of…it was not that they had no food and not that they did not have a place to live…but the way that people looked down on them. I realized that day that though I could not personally end homelessness, I could start becoming a part of the solution right away in a very easy way. Just by treating the people who I once ignored or looked down at with dignity…acknowledging the unhoused community members with a smile, a nod of the head or a friendly greeting. This really does make a difference! In the past four years I have become more involved in local homeless issues. I have served on the Board of Directors of Peninsula HealthCare Connection(PHC) and I am the director of the Downtown Streets Team Mentor Program. PHC is a small

250 square foot State Licensed Free Community clinic located inside the Opportunity Center which provides free Primary Care and mental health care to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The DST Mentor Program provides a way for community members to spend an hour a week of one on one time with a person emerging from homelessness. Being a mentor for the past two years to Evan Davis is one of the most gratifying experiences I have had in my life. Please consider joining me in becoming a part of the solution to homelessness right here in our community. To find out more about Peninsula HealthCare Connection and to make a tax deductible donation visit Good health is a key cog in the wheel to ending homelessness. For more information about joining the DST Mentor Program send an email to me at Have a healthy, happy and safe holiday season, Sincerely, Carol Garsten Nature Gallery (

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