Between 5th and 6th is a grassroots, nonprofit initiative serving homeless folks living on Skid Row in Los Angeles. At Between 5th and 6th, we believe that the cornerstone of a healthy life is food, clothing, and shelter. With the aid of compassionate residents of our county, we put boots on the ground to bring food and kindness to individuals and families who have fallen prey to systemic poverty, substance abuse, trauma, prison involvement, and mental illness. Our ultimate mission is to help solve the problems of hunger and homelessness among LA’s most disadvantaged individuals and families while helping people knocked down by life get up again and rebuild.
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Somewhere between 5th and 6th streets on Gladys Street in Downtown LA, I find my mom, helpless and alone among a forged family of strangers.
My mother is one of more than 66,000 people in Los Angeles County experiencing homelessness. This number includes men and women and teenagers and even children.
When I visit my mom, I bring her food and conversation and love. We share what extra food we have with her homeless neighbors.
To expand my work to support LA’s homeless population, I founded Between 5th and 6th, a grassroots, nonprofit organization that serves homeless individuals and families living on Skid Row. With the aid of others as passionate as I am about feeding homeless folks, we put boots on the ground to bring food and kindness to people who have fallen prey to systemic poverty, substance abuse, trauma, prison involvement, and mental illness.
I founded this organization because I understand through personal experience the impact of a life in transition. I was homeless for a time on Skid Row, just like my mom is now. After growing up in foster care, I started living on the streets as a teen. Soon I was in and out of prison. When I wasn’t incarcerated, I was living on Skid Row, where I stayed on and off for ten years.
When I got back on my feet, I started feeding the homeless as a way to give back to the neighbors I once knew when I was living in that same physical and mental place.
At Between 5th and 6th, we believe that the cornerstone of a healthy life is food, clothing, and shelter. It’s hard to build a foundation without that strong base, if not impossible. Our ultimate mission is to help solve the problems of hunger and homelessness among disadvantaged populations while helping people knocked down by life get up again and rebuild.
I invite you to join us Between 5th and 6th as we bring hope and healing to folks living in transition. The simple act of bringing food to hungry people can have a ripple effect that brings transformation to many lives.
Peace, Lorenze LaNier