The idea of One Human Community as a peer support group and later as a community learning center was conceived of by Avo Keshishyan, a husband, father, employee, artist and homeowner who personally experienced the impact of the “new” economy. Frustrated with his own battles with faceless institutions, he wondered why the community doesn’t rally in support of those who either suffer hardship or attempt to recover from it.
Avo and his family have recovered from their crisis. His own suffering however brought him to the conclusion that a community that would provide peer to peer support (a support group) is badly needed. That’s why Avo Keshishyan decided to take the first step himself and created One Human Community.
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” George Bernard Shaw
How was Avo able to help others while recovering from a financial disaster himself? We each have something to give! His children (he has two) were outgrowing their clothing; Avo passed it to other families in need. His personal trials gave him plenty of first hand experience and a new skill set that he knew many others can benefit from. Experience and good will were enough to get the support group started. With YOUR participation, we can make the human to human support group, community learning center and a true One Human Community grow!
If you have trouble imagining such Utopia as a reality, remind yourself of (or ask someone who survived) the 1994 Northridge quake. We all asked each other (even strangers!) how they are and whether or not they need help. We were color, ethnicity and money-blind. We were all in it together. One specie, each of us experiencing pain and fear the same way. Thankfully, for now at least, we’re not confronting a natural disaster. Still, the pain and fear that are rampant today require the same level of attention and human solidarity.
Avo said: “I believe in God, Country, Family and the American Dream. If you do too, support One Human Community!”