Written by Bambi Hosaka
I am in charge of public relations and marketing for Many Mansions. I first heard about Many Mansions when my husband and I were putting together the Conejo Food and Wine event in Thousand Oaks. With all of the proceeds from the event being given to different organizations, we were looking for a deserving charity to give back to. Due to the values of our culture, we were drawn to Many Mansions.
I come from a country with many poor and homeless individuals. While I cannot help them, I feel it is important to help those in the country that I now live in. Considering the growing homeless population in Ventura County, I believe it is very important to help people who are homeless. I know that compared to Los Angeles County, our numbers are still very low. However, Many Mansions has the unique potential to prevent the statistics in Ventura County from rising.
There are not a lot of nonprofit organizations in Ventura County that address homelessness as well as Many Mansions does. Many Mansions not only provides housing, but also various services for residents which really sets us apart from other organizations. Children Services, in my opinion, is probably the best thing that we offer as an organization. The children are our future, and we are lucky enough to have volunteers who run this program for them. I was fortunate enough to not have to rely on a volunteer for my own children, but I can say that these services and extracurricular activities are very beneficial for parents that work multiple jobs and may not have the time or the skills to help their children.
I spend a lot of time out in the community for my work, and I hear many of my positive feelings towards the organization reflected in the words of others. There is some frustration with the waiting list being closed, but I believe it was the right choice to close it. There may be some who react to the long wait negatively, a good majority have been very understanding. I think they understand we do not want to give unreasonable hope to people that are in need.
The mission of Many Mansions is really what motivates me. When I have a bad day at work, I remind myself of the mission, the fact that we are making a difference, and that I’m giving back to the community. People here have the passion for the mission too. They are here because of the mission. We are all working so that we can achieve this mission together.