Fair lends homeless a hand

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Inside, the room bustled with more volunteers and employees from about 50 organizations, all waiting to provide solutions – or at least start the process. Against the far wall, the Department of Motor Vehicles was on hand with forms for procuring identification cards, and employees of the Social Security Administration screened attendees for eligibility. A row of tables along one side provided housing options. In the medical and mental- health section of the room, nurses provided screenings, arranged doctors’ appointments and distributed flu shots. “I have some beds waiting,” said Wallace Reid of the drug and alcohol treatment facility Cri-Help in North Hollywood and Lincoln Park. PASADENA – Scores of homeless people and residents of transitional housing facilities gathered at the Salvation Army headquarters Tuesday for the eighth annual Passageways Resource Fair. “In the past, we’ve done a resource fair where they come and get information and they go,” said Peggy Baddin, of the homeless services collaborative. This year, services were offered on the spot, she added. After checking in at front tables and explaining what help they needed, attendees were walked by volunteers past pet therapy dogs and into a gym. Though he expected to admit some attendees before the day was out, “the main thing we want to do is let people know that our services exist.” There were also stations for improving the attendees’ quality of life, including a massage chair and assistance with budgeting and setting up free e-mail accounts. Organizers expected to see about 150 attendees, but by noon it appeared there would be many more. Many arrived by vans that stopped at the city’s homeless hangouts and transitional housing complexes. Moses Eto, a 78-year-old Pasadena resident living in YMCA housing, came after seeing a flier posted on a bulletin board. “They’re helping me with low-income housing for low-income senior citizens,” he said. Others sought job opportunities, showers and shoes. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NFL picks, Week 12: 49ers top Packers, Jets upset Raiders

first_imgLong story short, we’re putting this week’s NFL picks out as an appetizer for next week’s Thanksgiving feast:Jets 20, Raiders 19: Derek Carr lost his 2014 rookie debut at the Jets, and, 88 games later, he surprisingly falls in his return visit. Line: Line: Jets +349ers 33, Packers 20: Neither Aaron Rodgers nor Aaron Jones can stop the 49ers defense from grading out A+. Line: 49ers -3Texans 33, Colts 24: Houston has yet to lose back-to-back games, and this is a welcome homecoming after …last_img

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Visually challenged chess player’s feat goes unnoticed

first_imgThe sporting feat of a budding visually challenged chess sensation has gone completely unnoticed and unrewarded at a time when stellar performances of Odia athletes in the just-concluded Asian Games in Indonesia were widely acclaimed both by the State government and the private sector. Twenty-year-old Soundarya Kumar Pradhan won a silver medal at the 10th IBCA World Individual Junior Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired held in Poland in the third week of August. His feat assumes even greater significance considering the financial and infrastructure obstacles he faced in his journey from Boden in Odisha’s Nuapada district – one of the poorest and most backward regions of the country. “For a visually challenged, it was never easy to travel to Poland and compete with the best in the game. It hurts when nobody comes forward and pats your back when you bring laurels for the country against all odds,” rued Mr. Soundarya. He was a born with Leber congenital amaurosis, a disease genetically passed through families. It, however, did not deter him from dreaming. Initiated into chess at the age of four, Mr. Soundarya has been performing consistently in the game. He emerged as the champion at the national level on a couple of occasions and also won the bronze at the Asia Pacific Chess Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired held in Karnataka in 2017 before clinching the silver last month.When Mr. Soundarya was finally felicitated by Lex Publicio, a Bhubaneswar-based law firm, here on Monday, he said it would be difficult to move ahead without support. Recently, Odia sprinter Dutee Chand was awarded ₹ 3 crore for her double silver in the Asian Games, while four members of the Indian women hockey team were given ₹1 crore each for coming second.last_img read more