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Un proyecto de narración multimedia de los estudiantes de SJDC Digital Media seleccionado durante el otoño de 2018.

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From A Fathers Heart
Dawn LeAnn

From A Fathers Heart

Transcription Dawn: Hi this is Dawn. I have an upcoming series that I will be talking about my experiences when I was homeless. And I wanted to reach out to my dad. During that time I hadn’t been communicating with him, and so I wanted to find out what his thoughts were, what he thought was going on with me when he hadn’t heard from me in a while. Dad: Well you know, I knew you were in a relationship that wasn't really good for you and I also knew that you had been laid off, so I figured you just no longer had a phone and didn't even have access to a phone. I mean it happens it’s happened to me in the past. So I thought maybe that's what happened. I try not to just like go and start thinking about the very worst-case scenario and you know since we were living all the way up in Oraville at the time, every once in a while, I’d call people down in the valley and ask if they had seen or heard from you and things like that. A couple of times they said. ‘Well yeah we saw her and her guy walking downtown etc. etc’. That was pretty much the extent of it. And I would say well is everything OK? ‘Well couldn’t really tell just saw them walking down there’. And that was it. So I knew that you guys were still together but I really have a way of contacting you. Dawn: After not having any contact with my family for quite some time, I reached out to my dad to let him know what was going on and it wasn't easy. And you know, it wasn’t easy for him either. Dad: Wow….you know my first reaction I remember having, was that my my heart was broken when you told me you had been homeless. It's one of the very last things a parent wants to hear from their child. Aside from that, I remember being very confused and ashamed for not knowing. I should have known. I felt that if I would have known that I somehow would have found a way to help you. I think I also felt guilty you know, along those lines for not being in better communication with you and if I had been communicating with you better I would have known things were spiraling downward and that was perhaps something that might happen. Dawn: You know a lot of times people have their different ideas and assumptions about people that are homeless, and I wanted to find out from my dad if his views and thoughts had changed once he had found out his own child had been homeless. Dad: Yes they, I can't imagine how they how that couldn't happen with a person. I have always been one to help people in need. You know, especially the homeless. You know somebody who, I tell people I think you've probably seen me do that. But even though I’ve helped, I've also wondered to myself how many bridges must a person have to burn in order to become homeless. Where they can't even reach out to their own families, so what have they done to get themselves to that point. And I guess as much as I hate to admit it, I suppose that a certain amount of pride would rise up in me every once in a while, and think well geez it's never happened to me. You know instead of thing thankfulness I think that it was probably pride that was rising up in me and now I understand it because of what you've gone through I think a little bit better. I believe that often times a person who becomes homeless, down and out, destitute whatever you might want to call it, they are just too ashamed, to even let their own families know about the horrible circumstances that they’ve been going through that ultimately led them there and they just keep kinda holding out maybe onto a little bit of hope that things will change for themselves. But they are too ashamed to go to their families and say hey I'm homeless ‘you’re what? how did that happen?’ then they have to go through everything all over again with them. And again I think that it all boils down to communication and choices. You know, families need to communicate better, in a loving and non-judgmental manner, where anything can be put on the table and discussed in a calm, rational atmosphere. I think that if people can do that then they will be more aware of what's happening in their children's lives, even their adult children. You know nowadays, when I see a homeless person I always tell myself that and I’ve told this to your younger siblings as well, I am only one or two bad choices from being in the same position. So I think if nothing else it keeps me humble. Dawn: It can be difficult, you know rehashing and bringing up some you know, dark parts of your life and talking you know about those things and before we got off the phone, I wanted to ask my dad if he had anything else he wanted to say. Dad: Yeah, I think there probably is. You know I am just extremely proud of you Dawnie very, very proud of you and something that I have always marveled at from what you went through is how quickly and how well you have come back and you have come back with a force and you are a force to be reckoned with. You know you dug yourself up out of the pit and you’re making a wonderful life for yourself and I am very, very proud of that just wanted to say that. Dawn: OK.. Dad: And I love you. Me: I love you too Dad. You know after talking to my dad you know and getting his perspective and everything, you know I think the thing I really want people to think about, is how when you see somebody that is homeless you don't know their story. That’s somebodys child, somebody’s brother, somebody’s sister, maybe somebody's parent. Maybe not be so quick to make assumptions or pass judgment.
The Simple Things by Dawn LeAnn
Dawn LeAnn

The Simple Things by Dawn LeAnn

Transcription: Living in a world within a world surrounded by the hustle and bustle of affluence, we have a natural propensity to look around at what others have and feel as though we need more than we already have. When I took this photo, it brought back memories of when I had to wash my clothes and dry them outside, making them crunchy. Some who look upon this photo may think these people are in need of a washer and dryer, when all they really need is clean clothes, which they have in fact managed to accomplish. But in order to have clean clothes that are of the non-crunchy variety, which I dare say we all want, one must have either a washer or a dryer, or at the very least a way to get to a laundromat. The simple things in life that some of us may take for granted, many others can only dream of one day having. So, would you agree that an extra $500 a month might help these people? Memory: It was the summer of ’91, I was living in the Mojave Desert and pregnant with my first child. Where I was living, we had no electricity. Not because there wasn’t access but because we couldn’t afford it. Needless to say, I was washing clothes in the tub and hanging them out back to dry. If you’ve ever hung clothes outside you are fully aware of how they tend to dry rather stiff. And without electricity I certainly couldn’t iron them. Though the clothes were a bit crunchy, it was better than when the freezing winter days came and the clothes took so long to dry. Sometimes they had a mildew smell because it took so long. I wished I had the appliances that were so convenient. But hey, our clothes were clean. How lucky and privileged am I to have a washer and dryer now. When you have nothing and then you do, the appreciation just seems to be tenfold. If you see somebody with wrinkled clothes or mildew, assuming they don’t care or are homeless is uncool. You don’t know their story. They may very well doing the very best they can with what they have.
Forward Motion
Dawn LeAnn

Forward Motion

While there are many different modes of transportation, having a vehicle certainly is one of life’s luxuries. With it though comes the inherent responsibilities of insurance, gas, maintenance, and a possible car payment. Without a vehicle my opportunities were very limited, which is why I refer to it as a luxury item. Sometimes all a person needs is that first vehicle for the doors of opportunity to begin to open. At least that's how it worked for me. Before I ever had my first vehicle, I walked a lot. Anywhere and everywhere I had to go, I walked. While undeniably good for my health, it also had its drawbacks. For one, I certainly couldn't get anywhere too quickly, and I soon became known as the girl who was always late. At some point along the way, I upgraded to a bicycle. Not some fancy street bike, hybrid, or trail bike though. Just an old green bicycle with white-walled tires and a rusty old basket that could hold a couple small bags of groceries. Still good exercise, but not without its limitations as well. Just before my 27th birthday I finally got my driver's license. I then used my tax return to put $300 down on a $1200 Pontiac Sunbird. To say I was excited would be somewhat of an understatement. I was in fact so excited that I could hardly see straight. It was almost as though the skies had opened or the sea had parted, as the doors of opportunity opened wide and began to present to me all that once seemed far beyond my reach. I immediately signed up for school, and nine months later I was a part-time employee with the County of San Joaquin, in a respectable job with lots of potential for upward mobility. At long last the chains of bondage had been lifted and I had a new-found freedom. I could finally get to where I needed to be in as little time as possible. Once I had that first car, I was rarely late. I felt as though I could finally go anywhere and do anything. For most people who are in the midst of a rough patch, just to have a vehicle that can get them from point A to point B is all they really need for that extra boost. So, whether a person has a vehicle that is in need of mechanical work, or no vehicle at all, the question I would like to pose is this: Do you think that simply having a dependable vehicle is all it might take to open up the number of better paying jobs a person can apply for? My question of course is rhetorical, as I fully believe the answer to be yes.
StoryTillers Record

Por Almendra Carpizo
Escritor del personal de registro

publicado diciembre  26,  2018  en  3:36  PM

STOCKTON — ¿Cómo le afectaría $500 adicionales al mes?


Esa es la pregunta que más de una docena de estudiantes del Delta College del condado de San Joaquín tuvieron la tarea de hacer a 120 habitantes de Stockton como parte de un proyecto de narración de historias a través de la iniciativa Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED).


Los StoryTillers, como se nombró la cohorte a sí misma, son estudiantes del programa multimedia de radio y televisión de la profesora asociada de Delta College, Adriana Brogger. Los estudiantes que participaron pasaron su semestre de otoño documentando los pensamientos de las personas sobre su situación financiera y cómo $500 adicionales al mes impactarían sus vidas.

El alcalde de Stockton, Michael Tubbs, y la ciudad están probando una iniciativa para proporcionar ingresos garantizados a los residentes. SEED, que se espera que comience en 2019, realizará pagos mensuales de $500 a un mínimo de 100 personas en Stockton durante 18 meses.

“Durante el año pasado, Stockton se ha convertido en el centro no solo del estado, sino también en el centro de la nación por su iniciativa de discutir cómo ayudar a las familias de la clase trabajadora y las familias que tienen dificultades financieras”, dijo Tubbs recientemente. “Esto nos acerca un paso más a brindar un poco de ayuda que puedan necesitar”.


Brogger dijo que vio una carta de SEED con un llamado a los habitantes de Stockton que cuentan historias que están interesados en hablar sobre la desigualdad económica y que "me habló al alma".


A pesar de estar enfermo, Brogger cumplió con la fecha límite para solicitar la subvención y presentó la idea de que Delta College es un jugador vital en la comunidad y para recopilar historias auténticas sobre los habitantes de Stockton que necesitaban para involucrar a los habitantes de Stockton. Los estudiantes, escribió, ofrecerían una visión única que no obtendrían en ningún otro lugar.

“Dije, 'Lo que estás pidiendo es lo que hago'”, dijo. “Este es mi plan de estudios”.


Pero también va más allá del salón de clases para Brogger, un nativo de Costa Rica que creció en el sur de Stockton.

Dijo que recuerda su experiencia de crecer en un hogar de inmigrantes y aprender a hablar inglés y adaptarse.

“Así que mi sensibilidad hacia el sur de Stockton es enorme”, dijo Brogger. ”... Creo mucho en Stockton.


“Creo que los habitantes de Stockton son resistentes y me veo obligado a buscar formas de obtener la narrativa de personas auténticas y orgánicas”.

Los estudiantes, que incluían a Ileana Salcedo, de 20 años, entrevistaron a sus padres, amigos, compañeros de clase, vecinos y extraños. Durante eventos como el Mercado de Valores y el Día de la Familia en el Parque, el grupo instaló una estación para atraer a la gente.


Salcedo dijo que los temas planteados durante las entrevistas se refirieron a la falta de vivienda, la deuda estudiantil, el abuso de drogas y las crecientes facturas médicas.


Salcedo, quien junto con algunos compañeros de clase está trabajando en un proyecto paralelo creando una película sobre inmigrantes, también realizó varias entrevistas enfocadas en los padres solteros y la estabilidad financiera de los padres solteros.


Además del aprendizaje basado en el trabajo y la exposición que sus estudiantes obtuvieron a través del proyecto, Brogger dijo que los StoryTillers se han vuelto más optimistas sobre el futuro de Stockton.

Entre los temas que Brogger dijo que recogió al escuchar las 120 grabaciones sobre cómo la gente quiere gastar el dinero: pagar facturas médicas, saldar deudas y reparar automóviles. Pocas personas dijeron que querían ir de compras o de vacaciones, agregó.


“Abrumadoramente, la gente quería hacer cosas realmente buenas con este dinero”, dijo. “Eso apunta a la idea de que este es un programa que realmente beneficiaría a Stockton”.

Para escuchar las historias de los Storytillers, visite .

Las entrevistas, que son grabaciones estilo podcast, incluyen algunas en español y una en hmong. Las personas también pueden descargar la aplicación del teléfono o buscar #StoryTillers en las redes sociales.

Para donar a la película sobre inmigración creada por estudiantes de Delta College y para obtener más información sobre el proyecto, visite .

Comuníquese con la reportera Almendra Carpizo al (209) 546-8264 o . Síguela en Twitter @AlmendraCarpizo .

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