NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! The homeless situation in her home state is something that Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of “I Love Lucy” actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, wants to address.
The co-performer recently joined forces with Doors of Change , a charity organization that seeks to improve the lives of homeless adolescents. Since its inception in 2001, it has raised more than $4.7 million and given secure shelter to more than 2,000 homeless adolescents.
According to Doors of Change, there are 3.5 million homeless youth in America, with the transitional age bracket of 16 to 25 making up the majority of the homeless population and being the most “undeserved.” Referrals for mental health have grown by 105% in just one year.
Hollywood celebrities like
Arnaz have stepped up to support the cause affecting homeless youngsters. The group has received support from seven well-known TV moms: Marion Ross, Jane Kaczmarek, Karen Grassle, June Lockhart, Ilene Graff, Dee Wallace, and Michael Learned.
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Arnaz said to Fox News Digital, “I’ve been thinking about this really large problem of homelessness in America. “I’ve had a long-standing desire to do something. Even though I had a plan and was planning to enlist my son’s assistance, I just didn’t feel qualified to start from scratch and, well, invent the wheel. I put off thinking about it as a result. But as my father often said, “You put things out there in the cosmos; there must be a way.” I wished to participate. The universe then said, “I’m on it.””
After an emotional talk with Jeffrey Sitcov, the president and founder of Doors of Change, Arnaz claimed she felt inspired. She wished to make use of her influence for good.
People will pay attention to what I do and say, Arnaz thought. “My entire life, it has kind of been my adversary. Youre a mark, used to be my mother’s phrase. And that might not be good. As a child, everything you want to do involves getting into trouble. I wanted to do something bad like other kids, but you can’t because you’re a mark. People will refer to you by name and say, “That’s the daughter of so-and-so.” As a result, I exercise extreme caution in everything I do and engage in. However, it’s a positive thing if you can make a difference and inspire others to lend a hand. I consider that to be a blessing as I currently look at it.”
It’s simply one way to return the favor, she said. “Right now, there is just so much to fix on our earth. It’s very overwhelming. I’m certain that others are as well. I like to act locally while thinking internationally. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. I feel as though I’ve succeeded if I can help someone locally and engage others in the process. It’s crucial for me to speak up and encourage others to try something.”