They call her "Mom." She calls them "kids." But Faye Chapman isn't nearly old enough to be the mother of the homeless people she ferries to the Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Canyon from a designated pickup location at the bus depot on Broadway.
Chapman has an easy familiarity with the homeless, some of whom have obvious physical or mental disabilities. A few of the men tease and joke with her — some of the jokes are off-color and might offend most women — but Chapman smiles breezily and keeps to her mission.
The van makes several trips throughout the day, taking ASL dwellers downtown in the morning after they have had breakfast. In the afternoon, at 4:30 p.m., they are eager to get back to the facility, a large, square room that can hold as many as 60 people.
In the evening, the ASL residents are in the charge of staff members with the Friendship Shelter, but during the day, the Laguna Resource Center, a volunteer group, makes sure they get lunch, and that any medical needs and other necessities are attended to. That's where the van comes in, taking residents to the Laguna Beach Community Clinic for appointments, as well as providing regular transport between the center and downtown.