The building is part of Alameda Family Services (AFS) DreamCatcher Runaway/Homeless Youth Services Division. Rather than a school, the building is homeless shelter for kids. And Nika...
"Nika Dawkins St. Claire died at the age of 62 in an automobile accident in Flagstaff, Arizona, on July 21st,2012. She ...was a passionate and tireless Program Director of the Homeless Youth Services Shelter under the auspices of Alameda Family Services. She oversaw "The Dream Catcher Safe Place Alternative for Homeless Youth and Sexually Exploited Minor Females." Ever the advocate of youth facing enormous challenges, Nika felt this campaign's building for youth was critical and she believed its completion was finally within sight."
Our simple group sent me out looking for the graffiti I see everywhere without really looking at it. I am astonished that it led me to a place that is a reminder of the harshness of life. But it also introduced me to a woman who believed in making a difference. The dream of her building has been realized. Clearly, she also touched the lives of many troubled, lost children.
I didn't know you, or even about you, Nika Dawkins, but may your work be carried on and may you rest in peace. You have touched my life as well.