David Ambroz will be a featured speaker at this week’s Stories From The Frontline, focusing on housing college students, on November 2 at 6:30 p.m. at The Ebell of Los Angeles.
Thirty years ago, David Ambroz was a homeless, malnourished child being removed from his mentally ill mother’s custody after years of neglect and abuse. Today, he is a successful executive, a foster parent, and a child welfare advocate celebrated by the Obama administration and named to President Obama’s Champions of Change List.
His book, “A Place Called Home” is a gut-wrenching personal account of Ambroz’s early life of poverty and homelessness. Ambroz endured begging, bathing in public restrooms, and foster care, where he endured physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, all of which were compounded because of his sexuality.
“In this book, David … issues a rousing call to make this a more humane and compassionate nation” — Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The book is also an against-all-odds success story—David made it out, went abroad, earned a life-changing scholarship to Vassar College, and went on to graduate from UCLA School of Law. He co-founded FosterMore.org, an organization that brings together the entertainment industry, foundations, nonprofits and businesses to raise money for and awareness of the needs of foster children.
“We are delighted to have David with us Thursday evening,” said Marilyn Wells, Stories from the Frontline co-founder. “David is an inspiring speaker dedicated to advocating for foster care, homeless youth, mental health, social justice and activism.”
Currently, there are more than 20 thousand college-age students who are facing housing insecurity (meaning they are couch surfing or don’t know where they will be next week). One-third of all community college students in the state of California are facing homelessness. Fifty percent have trouble affording healthy meals.
In addition to Ambroz, Stories From the Frontline has invited college students to share their personal stories. Join them on November 2 at 6:30 p.m. at The Ebell of Los Angeles to not only hear harrowing stories from some of these students but also hear from folks who are creating housing for them. Click here for tickets and learn how you can help!