From left, Don Barr, Litsie Indergand and John Barton, founders of the Community Working Group, stand at the Opportunity Center, which took their nonprofit eight years to build. In addition to the initial fund raising, the group has donated millions of dollars towards operations since 2006.
John Barton, director of CEE's Architectural Design Program, is one of the founding members and president of the board of the Community Working Group in Palo Alto. A news article on the myriad of ways this group has been assisting the area’s homeless population with housing and resources recently appeared in Palo Alto Online: https://paloaltoonline.atavist.com/housing-for-good.
John Barton is quoted in the article as saying “There’s no one ‘homeless person’ typology. They come with talents and skills and aspirations, and they are uniquely different -- and that makes them a challenge to serve.”