Campaign to Rethink Homelessness goes viral
Okay, I’ll admit it…
"If I was approached, I’d hand them a business card for Labor Ready," a local labor pool, he said. "Essentially the message was, ‘Here — I work for mine. You can work for yours.’"
I used to subscribe to the typical stereotypes, but then I took the time to get to know these people. If you held the same beliefs too, that’s okay - as long as it stops today. Get to know the issue and the people before you pass judgement on them or make an ignorant statement such as, “just go get a job” as I used to do.
#Homeless #RethinkHomelessness #Work2Change #PeopleCount #CardboardStories #Homelessness #ihaveaname #IHAN #invisiblepeople #invppl #Orlando #OrlandoFL #downtownorlando #Oyes (at Downtown Orlando Public Library On Central)
Did you know that there are more than 1,000 people living in the woods locally? And no, they aren’t on vacation staying at state parks. This is the remnants of an #Orlando #homeless camp. It has been abandoned because one of the inhabitants was violently attacked and stabbed in the neck earlier this week. Still think people “choose” this life because they enjoy it? #RethinkHomelessness #IHaveAName #IHAN #invisiblepeople #invppl #homelessness #poverty #work2change #peoplecount
Remember Daniel from our previous videos? I’ve been concerned because I see him regularly and the last time I saw him he told me he wasn’t feeling well. After not seeing him for 2 weeks, I ran into him this morning. Turns out, my concerns were valid as Daniel spent the last 2 weeks in the hospital. I’m unclear as to what the specific procedure was, but it seems to be heart related. Daniel has a number of health issues and his reality is that he, like many others, has to recover from major surgery while living outside in the elements. Daniel had a smile on his face, but I could clearly see that the streets are taking a heavy toll on him. Daniel is a real face of #homelessness. #rethinkhomelessness #work2change #peoplecount #Ihaveaname #invisiblepeople #invppl #surgery #orlando #orlandofl #reallife #realtalk #streetphotography #streetlife (at Lake Eola Park)
When I began working on the @RethinkHomeless Campaign several months ago, I set out to to have an impact on the lives of those struggling in our community. I didn’t, not even for a second, think about the impact that they would have on me. One of those people in particular is Michael.
Because of Michael, my life will never be the same. Michael is homeless and as you can see from his sign, he has #Huntingtons Disease (a hereditary death sentence), but he doesn’t let life get him down.
Most people, myself included, have judged him from afar because this disease causes him to have very abnormal involuntary movements which may appear as though he is perhaps be on some unimaginable drugs. Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to really get to know him. Because of this disease and how he has seen its progression in both his grandmother and his father, he is aware more than most that his days are numbered. He has seen what Despite this and the fact that he is homeless he chooses to spend those days not wallowing in pity, but rather being happy and grateful for each day that he has.
Let me illustrate..
Yesterday, I made plans to spend this Sunday with Michael. Sometimes it is hard for me to locate him, so I asked him how I will find him. This was the conversation:
Me: How will I find you on Sunday?
Michael: I’ll be at church, you can find me there.
Me: What if I can’t make it downtown until after church?
Michael: Then just ask around. Ask people if they have seen a guy with a smile ear to ear. That’ll be me.
Today is Michael’s 24th birthday, and he will spend it on the streets of Orlando. If you see Michael around downtown today - hopefully with a smile from ear to ear, please wish him “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”
#RethinkHomelessness #RethinkHomeless #Homeless #PeopleCount #Work2Change #CardboardStories #invisiblepeople #invppl #ihaveaname #FromTheStreets #StreetPhotography #Poverty #HDAwareness #Huntingtons #HuntingtonsDisease #CureHD #CureJHD #HuntingtonsAwareness #Orlando #OrlandoFL #TheCityBeautiful #downtownOrlando #Birthday #HappyBirthday #Attitude #Gratitude #Grateful (at Downtown Orlando)