No Room in Paradise Documentary at UU Ventura

Date(s) - 11/18/2018
11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Sanctuary, UUCV


A free screening of No Room in Paradise, an outstanding documentary on homelessness, will be shown on Sunday, November 18, at 11:30 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street, Ventura, followed by lunch and a discussion.

Local leaders in homelessness prevention work from Lift Up Your Voice, Kate Mills, Kathy Powell, Sue Brinkmeyer, Pam Marshall, and Kappy Paulson agree it’s the best film on homelessness they have ever seen — and it applies to Ventura County as much as to Hawaii, where it was filmed.

The filmmakers spent two years befriending and interviewing representatives of every homeless group — single mothers and their kids, the mentally ill, drug addicts, veterans, down-on-their-luck transplants — each has a story to tell. As they explain in their own words how they became homeless, they break down barriers of incomprehension and distrust.

We also meet the experts and politicians trying to cope with the crisis – and we learn how the current system wastes hundreds of millions of dollars every year just to maintain the status quo. We see, for example, how the simple need of one homeless man to stay clean enough to be admitted to his regular dialysis treatment causes him to use EMS as his taxi service and the hospital emergency room as his shower facility – leading to a $125,000 a-year bathroom habit.

Michaela Rinkel, MSW, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Field Director, Hawai’I Pacific University School of Social Work says, this is “…the best documentary on homelessness, both from an emotional and policy point of view…The film does an extraordinary job covering the complexity of the homeless crisis. It demonstrates how much money we waste just maintaining the status quo and how we could reap savings by investing in services and affordable housing. This is a must-see. ”

This screening of No Room In Paradise is sponsored by Lift Up Your Voice (to Prevent Homelessness) (LUYV), a grassroots advocacy program founded by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura.  Its diverse coalition of members are committed to preventing and ending homelessness while increasing the overall leadership capacity in Ventura.  For more information on how to get involved, call 818-281-6249.

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For more information about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, see the church website,, or contact the church at 805- 805-644-3898.