- For over thirty years Ken Williams worked for the homeless in one of the wealthiest cities in America: Santa Barbara. His clients included the mentally ill, alcoholic/drug addicts, war veterans, the infirmed, people with AIDS, the neglected, survivors of sexual violence and the aged. During that time he also battled the prejudices and fears directed against these new lepers. He was instrumental in establishing homeless shelters, soup kitchens, halfway houses and other client centered services. His most cherished project was Casa Rosa a recovery home and rescue for pregnant homeless women who were battling addiction or mental illness, and Maritza’s Cocina, a children’s soup kitchen. He won many awards for these efforts including being recognized as Public Citizen of the Year for California by the National Association of Social Workers. He also won the 2010 Civil Rights Award by the Santa Barbara Chapter of the A.C.L.U.
He used these experiences to write novels, screenplays and columns for local media outlets. Three of the novels: Fractured Angel, Shattered Dreams, a Story of the Streets and China White are in print. There Must Be Honor; a collection of articles interwoven with his autobiography is also. His writings have appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent, the Santa Barbara News-Press, Edhat and noozhawk.
Shelter, a documentary by the late Paul Walker and his assistant Brandon Birtell highlights my work with the homeless.
Streets of Paradise, a documentary on homelessness in Santa Barbara in which I am featured.
- "The only good fight is the lost cause." "Pessimism of the mind, optimism of the will."