Culver City Stories: Meet Kiera


Kiera is one of the youngest guests at the Culver City winter shelter. She started coming to the shelter in mid-December with her mom and brother, who all hitchhiked from Arizona in July.

Since then, her mother stopped coming to the Winter Shelter, but Kiera chose to come back, wanting to volunteer in the kitchen. She helps prepare and serve meals to the guests every night. Kiera loves her life on Venice beach, but she says she also loves the winter shelter. “I love it, I’ve made friends and really like volunteering.”

After March, Kiera is expecting to have to find a new shelter, not wanting to spend her nights on Venice beach.

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