A new year means the promise of a fresh start. It’s also a chance for all of us to let go of the bad habits that hold us back, and embrace new ones that push us to become our best selves. That’s why every January, millions of Americans begin new journeys towards health and wellness — whether they’re lacing up and hitting the gym or just getting around to that not-so-annual physical.
The Getty House Foundation’s mission is to build a healthy, thriving Los Angeles, so to kick off 2019, we invited women and young girls from all over the city to start the year with a clean bill of health. From college students to veterans to women experiencing homelessness, every participant got to hear from an expert panel of inspiring female healthcare leaders, then meet local healthcare providers who were there to check vitals, teach Angelenos about breast and cervical cancer prevention, and share healthy living tips for the mind, body, and soul.
The afternoon was filled with fun, too, as girls decked out in face paint learned how to bandage fake wounds, mothers and daughters sun-salutationed away their stress, and everyone got to experience the magic of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team mini therapy horses. We hope that everyone picked up some new healthy habits, and that they’ll carry what they learned into a new year bright with opportunity!
The holidays are in full swing — and with them come the traditional images of the season: presents under the tree, stockings on the fireplace, family and friends gathered together to celebrate and reflect. Yet this time of year also brings something else — a rush of generosity and a renewed spirit of giving.
The Getty House Foundation takes that spirit to heart year-round. But to ring in this period of joy and goodwill, we opened our doors to neighbors and friends for our second annual holiday market, where attendees could get their shopping done with vendors that work directly with the homeless, employ the formerly homeless, or donate 20% of their proceeds to organizations fighting homelessness.
It was an extraordinary event, and a powerful reminder of just how diverse the face of this fight is — one made up of artists and bakers, students and seamstresses, the homeless and the housed. And as we look forward to the new year, it’s an inspiring testament to the difference we can make when we come together as a city.
A special thank you goes out to the 26 vendors who donated their time, talent, and passion to this event — including Mayor Eric Garcetti, who autographed and sold his framed Instagram photos to benefit the Downtown Women’s Center.
Baked T’Shuvah ⬩ ChocoVivo ⬩ Concrete Geometric ⬩ EVERYBODY.WORLD ⬩ FreeForm ⬩ Homeboy Industries ⬩ Immaginare Press ⬩ Los Angeles LGBT Center ⬩ L.A. Original ⬩ Made by Downtown Women’s Center ⬩ Maya Brenner ⬩ Paper Chase Press ⬩ People, Places & Things ⬩ Piece by Piece ⬩ Project Angel Food ⬩ Safe Place for Youth ⬩ Skid Row Denim Academy ⬩ Tea Drops ⬩ The Corner Collective at My Friend’s Place ⬩ The People Concern ⬩ Vena Vena Handcrafted ⬩ With Love Market & Cafe ⬩ Wolfum ⬩ Would Works ⬩ The YWCA Greater Los Angeles Digital Learning Academy
Our Thanksgiving luncheon is a special annual tradition for the Getty House Foundation, where we open our doors to a group of our neighbors in need of a hot meal and a helping hand.
As in the past, we welcomed veterans and formerly homeless families for a feast and a chance to share their stories with a community of their fellow Angelenos. This year, we were also fortunate to be joined by residents of El Puente — L.A.’s first bridge housing site under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” program. For the first time in months or even years, El Puente residents have a place to shower and sleep, a roof over their heads and a pillow underneath them, and the support they need to make a fresh start in life.
Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, GHF Board Members and their families were on hand to serve meals, while the Skid Row Choir brought down the house with the healing power of music.
Click here to learn more about ways you can help homeless Angelenos this holiday season.