Guests: Debbie Ortiz, Executive Director of America In Recovery, Inc. and Frederick Richert, a man who has given himself another chance at a productive, honest life.
With the help of America In Recovery, Frederick seized the "second chance" they gave him to turn his life around. But crucially, he is the one who went looking for this opportunity after being convicted for a couple of non-violent, petty crimes. Now an ex-con, he lives with the difficult challenge of earning a living in a society which does not like to employ ex-cons. Debbie is on hand to explain how her Org helps people like Frederick meet with employers who are willing to hire ex-cons and how they are actively looking for more.
You can help and find out more by going to their website: www.AmericaInRecovery.org
Guest: Marilyn Brown President & CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Houston, Harris County
Find out about the significant progress being made in our Houston community to transition homeless people to supportive housing and how the Coalition For The Homeless makes it happen. There has been a 27% drop in homelessness in the past 2 years in the midst of a dramatic economic crisis and it is a show of how caring a large section of our population is, here in South East Texas. There is a lot of work to do and maybe you can take part in it. But on this show, you’ll hear about how effective Houstonians can be when they decide to help each other.
Take part: www.homelesshouston.org
Guest: Simon Gentry, photographer and owner of The Photobooth on Montrose.
Simon Gentry is like me: he is an expatriate (he's from the UK). We have one important thing in common: we like to talk about how we got to Houston and why we love living here.
Simon works with performing artists in town. At night, his Photobooth on Montrose turns into a performing art space open to anyone - even those who choose not to enter since they can watch from outside. The place is one big glass box, the ultimate act of artistic transparency and is there a better place for this concept than Houston? I think not.
Check out his work and upcoming shows on his Facebook page which you can access through here: www.simongentry.com and do yourself a favor: check out a chow at the Photobooth. At the very least, you’ll meet nice, interesting people.