PACIFIC PALISADES—City Councilman Mike Bonin visited the veteran’s service organization New Directions on Sunday, July 28 and painted the main gathering room at the organization’s facility. The purpose of his visit was to promote the organization’s mission in helping homeless veterans.
Mike Bonin painting.
In his campaign for office, Bonin stressed about the importance of active interaction and engaging with the community directly rather than behind office doors. The activity was posted on his Facebook page as part of the “Do Good and Get Stuff Done” campaign and it invited people to join him “to be of service to those who have done so much to serve us.” He further stated that “we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our nation’s veterans.”
The New Direction organization has existed since 1992 and continues to provide inclusive services and care to veterans such as “substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training and placement, as well as parenting and money management classes,” according to the New Directions website.
The website also lists that as a result of their services, that veterans leave the facility with a “savings account, housing, a job or other income, computer skills, renewed self-confidence and the support of mentors and peers.”
The New Directions website also lists the organization as a member of the Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition, which is an initiative to end local hunger and homelessness through “public education, advocacy, and service coordination.”
According to statistics,
Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation. More than 600 men and women seek assistance from New Directions organization.