A Place To Call Home

A Place to Call Home is a special series of a dozen programs on homelessness in Mendocino County. We kicked it off with a special half-hour report on the Marbut Report, drawn up by homelessness consultant Dr. Robert Marbut. From there, we interviewed currently and formerly homeless people, mostly in Ukiah, about their experiences, their insights, and what's been changing in their lives. Some of the half-hour episodes feature one person, while others feature two, three, and sometimes even four people, saying what they have to say about their lives.

Special Report On Homelessness Consultant

Dec 1, 2018

May 18, 2018 — Today, we’re kicking of a special series on homelessness in Mendocino County with a look at Dr. Robert Marbut, a consultant whose recommendations about addressing homelessness were recently accepted by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the Ukiah City Council.

A Place To Call Home: Chris and Cheri

Nov 30, 2018

May 31-- This is the first in a weekly series of interviews with people about their experiences being homeless in Mendocino County. We'll air it every Thursday afternoon at 1:30pm.

The two people we'll hear in the first episode talk about how they found themselves living on the street, the greatest dangers of homelessness, and their day-to-day lives.

I am grateful to everyone who has shared their stories and their time with me. 

A Place To Call Home: James Hoffman

Nov 29, 2018

June 12, 2018 -- Today we'll hear from James David Hoffman about his experiences being homeless in Ukiah. Hoffman, or Jimbo, as some people call him, is from the Redwood Valley Rancheria, is profoundly hearing impaired, and has struggled with addiction since puberty. He told me his story on May 11, shortly after he got out of jail. He spoke about a searing trauma in his youth, the beauty of sign language, and how he believes the spirit of his lost daughter has guided him away from death. It was a privilege to be the recipient of his story.

A Place To Call Home: Donald Damp

Nov 27, 2018

June 16, 2018 -- In this episode of A Place to Call Home, we'll hear from Donald Damp, an ambassador to the homeless community. He is formerly homeless himself, and now volunteers at organizations all over Ukiah, working to help currently homeless people get medical attention, basic necessities, and sometimes just a friendly or informative word. 

Tune in to hear him tell his story and discuss his philosophy about where life has led him.

A Place To Call Home: Fires

Nov 25, 2018

June 23, 2018 -- In our latest episode of A Place to Call Home, we'll hear from three people who are homeless because of the fires. The first half is the story of a young couple who came to Ukiah from Lake County, where they were burned out twice. In the second half, a woman talks about what life has been like since she was indirectly displaced by last Ocotober's firestorm.