Today I went to YouTube to search for a video, and found that today was InvisiblePeople.TV day on YouTube.

InvisiblePeople.TV gives voices, faces, and names to the homeless. A social media effort to help America to meet these people, and hopefully, help them.

It hit me. I’ve been homeless. Not for long, but for long enough.

I lived out of a tent for a summer with my mom, my sister, our step dad, and his 4 kids (story here). They were slim times. Far easier forgotten than remembered.

Stumbling through the videos on the site, with an ache in my heart, I learned something.

I learned that in America, there are 3.5 million homeless people.

I learned that the average age of the homeless in America is 9.

There’s 1.35 million homeless children.

1.35 million.

As part of my effort to help, I want to perpetuate this cause, and urge you to as well. Share this page, or the website, with as many people as you can, so they too can be aware, and hopefully inspired to help.

The measure of any society is how it treats it’s weakest element.

Here is the video done for YouTube, explaining the effort.

Some of the touching stories you’ll find there are people like Jean (below), who used to have a house and cars, but lost it all over the course of the financial downturn. She now lives in a cheap, weekly rate hotel with her 5 kids and her fiance, riding her bike 5 miles a day to McDonalds, where she works.

Or this video of Candice, and her four kids, who had the courage to leave an abusive relationship, but is now without a home, and staying also in an inexpensive, weekly-rate hotel. All the shelters are full.

Cotton has been homeless for 16 years. “What’s my future? My future is throwing myself in front of one of these freight trains when I can’t handle it anymore, that’s my future.”

Drew lost his family to a drunk driver, lost track of his life. It happened all of a sudden. He’s been homeless for 4 months. Lost his job because of the economy. He’s educated, certified, and still homeless. Living out of dumpsters.

“It can happen to anybody, so you probably shouldn’t judge the next time you see somebody asking for just a little bit of help.”

Rusty

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2 replies
  1. Maria
    Maria says:

    I hear on that one!!! I am part of the homeless community, being 55 it is tough. Once I get on my feet I desire to help our homeless community!!!

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  2. Hannah
    Hannah says:

    Homeless people are referred to as the “Invisible People” here in America, and in other Countries, and hearing this term saddens me greatly. However it holds great truth, often times homeless people are passed by without a second thought of what they may be truly going through, when did they last eat, does anyone care, do they still have hope? Truth is homeless people feel extremely lonely with a massive sense of abandonment, and a simple gesture as a pat on the shoulder saying to them it will get better, will help, words of enouragement goes a long way with homeless people. Homelessness is painful and can seem unbearable at times, however when you have a support group, whether friends or relatives that is there for you, reminding you someone cares, putting their words in action and perhaps buying you a meal is what makes the situation less complex. Homelessness have the potential to change your life, I choose to allow it to change mine positively, will you? *If you know someone who is homeless, reach out to them wherever they may be, and remind them there is still hope*. P.S. You just might save a life.

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