A mother searches for her homeless son on Venice Beach
“Just pay attention to homeless people,” my high school friend Shelly messaged via Facebook when she saw my post from the Venice boardwalk. She sent a photo of her son: a scruffy, huggable-looking guy who suffers from mental illness and has disappeared — again.
I was on the boardwalk to interview Timothy Pardue, who runs the P.A.D., a drop-in center for homeless young adults located just steps from Venice Beach. The P.A.D. helps homeless or struggling 18- to 24-year-olds get help, get jobs or get home.
I start to ask Pardue a question — “At 18 to 24 years old, these aren’t ‘kids,’” I say — and immediately get an answer.
“They’re kids,” Pardue corrects. “Some have been out a while, beaten down. Read more »