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From STAFF REPORTS

5:17 pm | October 21, 2015


On October 15, 2015, Union Station Homeless Services’ 16th annual An Evening for the Station brought comedy lovers and community members together for an incredible night of laughter and entertainment to demonstrate that Homelessness is No Laughing Matter!

Union Station brought a fun twist to its long-running event with its first-ever comedy show! ArcLight Cinemas Pasadena filled with more than 400 guests for a stellar show of comedians from Netflix, HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, and more!

Event producer and comedian Ed Salazar opened the evening and presented a hilarious line-up featuring Kumail Nanjiani (The Meltdown, Silicon Valley), Jonah Ray (Nerdist, The Meltdown), Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie), Matt Peters (Orange is the New Black), Susan Burke (Smashed), and Jay Larson (Best Bars in America).

The audience heard Horacio give a moving testimonial about his experience at Union Station. Horacio, who worked as activist and well-esteemed UC lecturer, lost his housing due to health complications and mounting stress. After living on the streets of LA for almost two years, Union Station helped Horacio rebuild his life. “When you’re homeless, you need a tough spirit to survive,” said Horacio. “Sometimes, you survive with the help of others. I will forever be thankful of the life-changing work of Union Station and its amazing staff!” Today, he has housing and is currently looking for full-time work.

The event raised $87,000 in support of Union Station Homeless Services, the San Gabriel Valley’s largest and most comprehensive social service agency assisting homeless adults and families.

Corporate sponsors included Comedy Central, Norton Rose Fulbright, Westport Construction, Kauffman Wealth Services, Goldstar, Noor!

Visit https://goo.gl/vT5AHk and #USHSComedy for event photos and more!

About Union Station Homeless Services

Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Union Station Homeless Services is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our community. Headquartered in Pasadena, the agency is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. Every person deserves a life of dignity and a safe place to call home. With over 40 years of experience, Union Station proudly offers nine programs throughout the San Gabriel Valley; with services including street outreach, intake, care coordination, meals, shelter, housing, employment, benefits enrollment, and referrals to medical and mental health services. www.unionstationhs.org