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August 31, 2018

“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow...

[Published in the Ventura County Star May 22nd, 2018]

Growing up in a small farming town in New Jersey, Brian Galetto rarely saw homeless people.

That changed when he moved to downtown Ventura five years ago to take a teaching job at Ojai's Villanova Preparatory School....

May 4, 2018

When it became time to take the words that stemmed from my pen and turn them into a coherent and concise speech in front of a packed courthouse, I took some deep breathes and spoke about what it means to be a part of a community.

For context, there was a stabbing just o...

April 22, 2018

[Originally appeared in the spring issue of the California English journal, 'Teachers Make a Difference']

Mr. G, what can we do to help the homeless?

After a lesson in which we broke down four stories surrounding those living in deep poverty, this small group of 9th grad...

April 6, 2018

A Friday poem in response to what is happening in Orange County with the homeless population, in conjunction with Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination 50 years ago this past week.  Like Dr. King, I still have hope, and I think if we all keep working towards justice,...

February 24, 2018

Project Understanding has been helping the Ventura County community for over forty years. After meeting with this non-profit, I decided ALL proceeds from Not So Simple: Observations on Poverty and People will go to their 'Housing the Homeless' initiative. Which means w...

January 28, 2018

The spotlight is on Los Angeles County- the capital of homelessness in the United States.  As volunteers hit the streets and counted the growing homeless population, Mayor Eric Garcetti acknowledged the problem has only intensified.  This comes a year after the 23% inc...

January 14, 2018

After three years of collecting stories from the streets and data on homelessness from local and national newspapers, I am beyond excited to announce the release of my first book: Not So Simple: Observations on Poverty and People. Through this link, you can buy yo...

January 13, 2018

Before bed

Reports on Twitter read

The blaze would be on the east end

By 1 or 2 am

Safe for a bit on the west side.


The fire came four hours early


But our downtown community

 made it out alive

Which is what counts

California now counts the single family homes

That we...

December 22, 2017

When the sun came up this morning it meant the longest night of the year had passed. Last night, cities throughout the country held 'Homeless Persons' Memorial  Day' to remember the individuals who passed away in 2017. Most individuals who are homeless end up unclaimed...

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