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Via PAIGE HEWITT at Chron.com:

The principles that guide the Johnsons are pretty straightforward — live right, love all, give back. Simple, yes. But not always easy.

Community volunteers Eric and Elaine Johnson, along with their five perfectly poised daughters, live in a 720-square-foot A-frame with a rotting floor. The house in the 3600 block of Goodhope has serious structural issues, and, because of Hurricane Ike, unruly locks that must be manhandled by a screwdriver.

Eric and Elaine Johnson – who counsel couples and connect urban African-Americans with the outdoors – share a single bedroom with their girls, imaginative fashionistas ages 5 to 14 who gladly idealize their thrift-shop styles as personal couture.

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