Donald T. Sterling Homeless and Medical Center Honors Ramy El-Batrawi With Humanitarian of the Year Award for His Support of the Homeless People of Los Angeles

Aug 22, 2006, 01:00 ET from Donald T. Sterling Foundation

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Donald T. Sterling and
 friends honored Ramy El-Batrawi as the humanitarian of the year for his
 support of the homeless people of Los Angeles. Sterling asserted that
 reforming Skid Row is a difficult process and the homeless people need our
 help and we can't neglect them. Sterling has purchased a warehouse on 6th
 Street and Wall that will be his legacy for the city of Los Angeles. This
 implored those in attendance to stand and share their personal experiences
 with the homeless of Los Angeles. Sterling will donate this property to an
 organization that will provide medical care, rehabilitation and help the
 homeless develop job skills. Sterling stands firm on his belief that the
 homeless can and will be helped.
     High profile speakers and community leaders, essential to the reform
 that will take place in aiding the homeless, included author of Men are
 from Mars, Women are from Venus, Dr. John Gray, Supervisor Yvonne
 Braithwaite Burke, Bishop Charles Blake of West Los Angeles Church and
 honoree Ramy El-Batrawi. Their insightful and critical analysis of the
 reform that is much needed for the homeless in Los Angeles was well
 received by all those in attendance.
     Supervisor Braithwaite Burke spoke to her 2nd district which
 encompasses not only the cities of Long Beach, Cheviot Hills all the way to
 the border of Beverly Hills but the surrounding area of Skid Row as well.
 Braithwaite Burke said, "One of the fights that we have is that many people
 feel that we should not have services on Skid Row -- the attitude being
 that if you have services or housing that they [the homeless] will stay.
 The fact is, there are 90,000 homeless in Los Angeles -- there are 20,000
 homeless families and therefore we need to provide these services. Yes, it
 is a process, and it will save a lot of lives." Author John Gray, who
 himself, was once homeless, said, "Many don't understand what it is like to
 be homeless and believe that they're just lazy. This is not true -- 95% of
 bankruptcies every year occur because people didn't have $300 more per
 month. It's a very fine line between everything working and then you're
 out. We are responsible for those that have not." Bishop Blake eloquently
 expressed not being able to imagine not having a home. "I don't know what I
 would do if I did not have a home. My identity is so tied up in it, my life
 is so tied up in it, my possessions are protected by it -- it's where I
 raise my family," said Blake. "There's a declining existence that happens
 when you don't have a home, an address -- no one can write you -- no one
 can find you for a job. This is why I am so excited about what Don is doing
 and what Ramy is doing. It will transform and revolutionize the lives of
 individuals -- you don't become homeless instantly -- it's a process and
 you're not rehabilitated overnight, it's a process," said Blake.
     Special guests included American Industrialist and former chairman for
 Chrysler, Lee Iacocca, Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, best-selling
 author Dr. John Gray, Bishop Charles Blake, Yvonne Braithwaite Burke,
 Willie Gault, Pedro Ferre, and Don Cornelius, and humanitarian of the year,
 Ramy El-Batrawi to name a few.
 
 

SOURCE Donald T. Sterling Foundation
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Donald T. Sterling and
 friends honored Ramy El-Batrawi as the humanitarian of the year for his
 support of the homeless people of Los Angeles. Sterling asserted that
 reforming Skid Row is a difficult process and the homeless people need our
 help and we can't neglect them. Sterling has purchased a warehouse on 6th
 Street and Wall that will be his legacy for the city of Los Angeles. This
 implored those in attendance to stand and share their personal experiences
 with the homeless of Los Angeles. Sterling will donate this property to an
 organization that will provide medical care, rehabilitation and help the
 homeless develop job skills. Sterling stands firm on his belief that the
 homeless can and will be helped.
     High profile speakers and community leaders, essential to the reform
 that will take place in aiding the homeless, included author of Men are
 from Mars, Women are from Venus, Dr. John Gray, Supervisor Yvonne
 Braithwaite Burke, Bishop Charles Blake of West Los Angeles Church and
 honoree Ramy El-Batrawi. Their insightful and critical analysis of the
 reform that is much needed for the homeless in Los Angeles was well
 received by all those in attendance.
     Supervisor Braithwaite Burke spoke to her 2nd district which
 encompasses not only the cities of Long Beach, Cheviot Hills all the way to
 the border of Beverly Hills but the surrounding area of Skid Row as well.
 Braithwaite Burke said, "One of the fights that we have is that many people
 feel that we should not have services on Skid Row -- the attitude being
 that if you have services or housing that they [the homeless] will stay.
 The fact is, there are 90,000 homeless in Los Angeles -- there are 20,000
 homeless families and therefore we need to provide these services. Yes, it
 is a process, and it will save a lot of lives." Author John Gray, who
 himself, was once homeless, said, "Many don't understand what it is like to
 be homeless and believe that they're just lazy. This is not true -- 95% of
 bankruptcies every year occur because people didn't have $300 more per
 month. It's a very fine line between everything working and then you're
 out. We are responsible for those that have not." Bishop Blake eloquently
 expressed not being able to imagine not having a home. "I don't know what I
 would do if I did not have a home. My identity is so tied up in it, my life
 is so tied up in it, my possessions are protected by it -- it's where I
 raise my family," said Blake. "There's a declining existence that happens
 when you don't have a home, an address -- no one can write you -- no one
 can find you for a job. This is why I am so excited about what Don is doing
 and what Ramy is doing. It will transform and revolutionize the lives of
 individuals -- you don't become homeless instantly -- it's a process and
 you're not rehabilitated overnight, it's a process," said Blake.
     Special guests included American Industrialist and former chairman for
 Chrysler, Lee Iacocca, Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, best-selling
 author Dr. John Gray, Bishop Charles Blake, Yvonne Braithwaite Burke,
 Willie Gault, Pedro Ferre, and Don Cornelius, and humanitarian of the year,
 Ramy El-Batrawi to name a few.
 
 SOURCE Donald T. Sterling Foundation