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“So Far, So Good,” for Santa Fe’s Homeless

“So Far, So Good,” for Santa Fe’s Homeless

As the novel coronavirus was reaching critical mass last spring, I gave a radio interview to Rabbi Neil from Temple Beth Shalom on KSFR-FM. When he asked me about the pandemic and its increasing punch, I replied that I had a fantasy that maybe COVID-19 would just skip right over the shelter. In...

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We Must All Be “Communitarian”

We Must All Be “Communitarian”

Recently, I was doing some spring cleaning and came across a newspaper article with a photograph of me in the now defunct Long Island Press from the 1970s. I was working at Creedmoor State Hospital, one of those state mental institutions in New York with a horrific reputation for abuse. It was the...

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The Benefit of Humanity

The Benefit of Humanity

“Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure, does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity.” James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time When I was a young man, I had the good fortune of hanging out with James Baldwin whenever he would...

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Remembering the Cave, Calling on Compassion

Remembering the Cave, Calling on Compassion

I recently read about a student once asking anthropologist Margaret Mead, “What is the earliest sign of civilization?” Mead replied, “A healed femur,” which was about 15,000 years old. Turns out that the femur is the longest bone in the body and, if broken, takes about six weeks to heal. In...

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“Let’s Call It a Disgrace”: California Gov. on Homelessness

“Let’s Call It a Disgrace”: California Gov. on Homelessness

Last Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California used his State of the State address to highlight the homelessness crisis. "Let’s call it what it is: a disgrace, that the richest state in the richest nation — succeeding across so many sectors — is failing to properly house, heal and humanely treat...

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Runaway and Homeless Youth — The Third Root Cause

Runaway and Homeless Youth — The Third Root Cause

Runaway and homeless youth make up the third leg of the three-legged stool I've been describing. In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, young people  who were part of the hippie generation started crisscrossing the country -- often in protest of their parents’ lifestyle, which they saw as staid and...

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Vulnerable Adults Part 1: A Documentary Series on Homelessness in Santa Fe

by KSFR Audio Series – Ellen Berkovich | Homelessness in Santa Fe

Vulnerable Adults Part 2: Housing Santa Fe's Homeless

by KSFR Audio Series – Ellen Berkovich | Homelessness in Santa Fe

Vulnerable Adults Part 3: Traditional Healing for Veterans

by KSFR Audio Series – Ellen Berkovich | Homelessness in Santa Fe

Vulnerable Adults Part 4: Alice's Story

by KSFR Audio Series – Ellen Berkovich | Homelessness in Santa Fe

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important facts

  • Only one death from exposure has occurred for the homeless since ICS began providing shelter during the winter months
  • Resource Days available for any person needing access to services necessary to stabilize his/her life.
  • ICS is the only “come as you are” or “minimal barrier” shelter in Northern New Mexico

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