Loud Town Hall changed my life! I have been to some friendly group gatherings, but none quite like this. In the months after we all met, I've gotten to know two new friends: Paola, a Whittier YMCA wunderkind and fierce future social worker, who gave me the honor to introduce her to my alma mater, Whittier College; and, our own cult of kindness priestess Veronica -- we've been plotting together to conjure a center for love and acceptance in Whittier. Not one of these women ever met a stranger. Divinity is opening doors in my life - thank you Loud for acting as an agent. Here's to more in 2019!

Lizzy Joelson