Aug 262016

Some people still believe that we’re divided by countries, traditions, politics, religion, etc. The truth is, we are not. We are all human, have only one life to live, we are all powerful as well as vulnerable and have very similar dreams. Everybody wants to be safe, healthy, loved, useful and successful, have family and friends. No matter what you’ve heard: we are One Human Community. The awareness that “the other” is only a variation of you changes perspective on life.

Now picture this: a young man (31) in Los Angeles. Graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in communication. Married the girl of his dreams. They are happy together. They have three small children. The future has barely begun.

Adam Krief And Family

Adam Krief And Family in happier times

They have plenty of work to do, earn a living, raise their children, milestones to celebrate, later: parents to take care of, legacy to build… Right? It would be, except that life threw a monkey wrench into their plans.

Young and strong, Adam Krief was diagnosed with an aggressive type of blood cancer just last month. He is deteriorating quickly. His time is limited. His only hope: finding a matching bone marrow donor, QUICKLY. (Adam is currently undergoing chemotherapy: it isn’t a treatment or a cure, but an emergency measure to keep him alive until a matching donor is found.)

Nothing more than a cotton swab! Go to and sign up. They’ll send you a packet with a cotton swab, you just rub it inside your mouth and send back your saliva sample in a prepaid envelope.

Not much more than a specialized blood donation.

I’m not a medical doctor, but to the best of my understanding: there is no pain, no health risk, no surgery. If you’re not a match: you’ll give a drop of your saliva for compatibility testing. If you are a match: you’ll donate blood.

Adam Krief Before His IllnessI don’t know if you’re a match for Adam Krief. Once you register to be a bone marrow donor, you may have the opportunity to save another – just as precious! – life. If you are, you’ll save a life and gain close friends for life.

I started by saying that we are One Human Community. Today Adam’s life is on the line. Tomorrow it may be yours, mine, or someone we love. If it was me, I would LOVE to know that there are people out there who care. Wouldn’t you?

Adam Krief’s situation is serious and URGENT. Let’s get tested! A little less saliva won’t make us any less than we are. A blood donation won’t leave us with a blood shortage: blood gets naturally replenished. The sacrifice involved won’t diminish us in any way. The gift we can give by sharing our own “natural resources” (nothing more some saliva and blood) have the power to save lives!


Thanks To All Who Made Anything L.A. Magazine’s Marrow Drive For Adam Krief A Success!
Learn more about the test and the donation process
The SFV Marrow Drive Is Over, But You Still Can Help!
Support the efforts of Hope 4 Adam!

URGENT!!! If you can’t – or don’t want to – get tested, spread this message: nothing in this post is copyrighted, help yourself and spread the word! Let’s save Adam!

For the record: the video as well as the pictures are properties of Los Angeles CBS News.

Oct 052013

For most of us a cell phone is the way of connecting with the world. Some of us no longer have landline phones at all. Once a financial hardship strikes and you can no longer afford to pay for your cell phone usage, you’re cut off from the world, even in the event of a life-threatening emergency.
Don’t let it happen to you!

If you can’t afford your cell phone bills, you may qualify to receive a free cell phone and free cell phone service as a part of California Lifeline. Eligibility is income or governmental program-based. So if your income is low or if you’re receiving some type of government assistance you might qualify for a free cell phone and a free cell phone service!

You can apply on one of these Websites:

Here is the latest exciting addition to low cost connectivity: seniors, the disabled and other low income individuals may qualify for a low cost Internet access from AT&T! (Just $10 a month!)

Try this link to learn more:


Oct 042013

Unless you’ve been dealt a raw deal yourself, you likely don’t even know that those affected by the “new” economy, unemployment, low wages, or poor health may need legal help.
We don’t usually make the connection between financial hardship and the law. The reality however is that those who live below or at the poverty line have legal issues they’re not prepared or qualified to handle.
Hiring a lawyer is costly which means that those suffering financial hardship don’t have the means to hire legal help. Does it mean that if you don’t have money, you can’t fight for justice? NO!

Free Legal Help In Los Angeles Area is available! Although not everyone needing legal help will be lucky enough to find a lawyer willing to help them free of charge, there are several options out there that don’t involve money.

The Websites I’m listing below provide FREE legal assistance in several service areas of law. Some of the areas of law addressed are:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Home Ownership
  • Individual Rights
  • Housing & Eviction Defense
  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Government Benefits

What to do with the links and information provided above?

  • Find the type of legal service you need
  • Find out whether you’ll qualify to receive free legal help
  • Once, you find a resource that would help you address your specific problem: apply for help!
  • Expect that you’ll have to be patient
  • Expect that you’ll be doing some of the work yourself

If your efforts are guided by someone with a legal expertise, you’ll have a good chance of prevailing. Do your due diligence and good luck!

Sep 302013

There are resources to help you if you’re unemployed, underemployed, ill, or otherwise financially struggling. (You’ll find them on One Humanity Community’s Website and on many other Websites.)
Anyone who’s ever been in need knows that any help at a time of need can be life-saving. Sometimes the stress of the situation – and then the relief once you found and received help – are so overwhelming that some of us become complacent.
BEWARE: the important things to remember are:
1/ all help resources are temporary
2/ many are intended for emergencies, only
3/ no outside help is – or can ever be – a substitute for your own power or income.

Do not let your guard down; don’t develop false sense of security; don’t relax!
Provided you’re of sound body and mind, look for a job, relentlessly. Bad stuff can happen to good people. Our value isn’t measured by failings but by our ability to recover from a crisis.

If you’re looking for a job in Los Angeles area, the first step – like anywhere else on Earth – is to ask everyone you know if they’ve heard of a job opening or anyone who’s hiring. The second: search for a job and apply day in and day out. Don’t look left or right; don’t get discouraged: you’ll land a job. Your starter job might be better or worse, but it will help you become independent and eventually get where you’ll need to be.

Below, I’m listing a few links that will get your job search started. (If you don’t feel like looking for a job – I know that it’s harder than working and pays nothing! – mark my words: any support you received in your fiscal emergency may be discontinued when you least expect it. If you received some benefits yesterday, start preparing for losing them tomorrow. Pull yourself up by the bootstraps!!!)

The fact that you survived financial emergency once doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get another chance. Time is not only expensive but precious, explore the links below:

On CalJobs you can build a resume, look for a job and automate both: the job search and resume submission. This is the direct link:
If you look at the Quick Menu (on the left) you’ll find the resume builder.

Other places to look for a job:

Check for new job listings twice a day, pursue every opportunity: if you do, you will succeed. Even modest self-sufficiency will restore your self-esteem and propel you to become successful again! You can do it!

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Sep 282013

One Human Community knows that the most common bills people have trouble paying are their phone, water and power and gas bills. All companies that provide these services have special programs for the unemployed and low income individuals and families. Visit their Websites, call or visit their offices to apply.

To get you started here’re some helpful links:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
click on:     Residential Low Income Discount Program
and then on:    Low Income Discount Program Application (PDF)

Low cost phone services with California Lifeline
check if you qualify
if so, contact your phone company and request California Lifeline application.

Southern California Gas Company
check if you qualify
apply for a 20% discount with Southern California Gas Company

If your income is low, you’re unemployed or receive any type of government assistance, you’re likely to qualify: be advised you’ll be asked to document your hardship.

Don’t forget to ask also for a payment plan to pay off your delinquent bills over time.

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