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Homeless People Each Share One Thing About Themselves That Will Surprise You

Jul 22, 2014 By Abraham

For a simple but profound project, Rethink Homelessness invited several of Orlando’s homeless residents to tell the rest of us one fact from their lives that, if we walked past them, we would never expect. As you can imagine, the results are poignantly humanizing…

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  1. KSBoyd says:

    Not too long ago, my sign would have said, “I have a Master’s Degree from an Ivy League School AND am currently working.” So many misconceptions about the homeless, and I never really saw that until I lived it.

    1. Me says:

      That’s what you took from all this? A damned Grammar mistake? Was correcting that woman so damned important that you now look like an unsympathetic jacka**?.

      1. Sheepy says:

        Yep, because it’s more important for them to make themselves feel better by putting someone who is already down on their luck even farther down by crapping all over them with their own words.

        Ah, how wonderful a part of the human experience /shot.

    2. Correct This says:

      Apparently You have an issue with seeing the true meaning of a statement as opposed to seeing WHAT YOU WANT to see. Kudos Rocket Scientist. Kudos

  2. Jessica says:

    I think I would like to do a project like this in my downtown. Thanks for inspiring and encouraging others to think differently and question common misconceptions.

  3. Maria Montserrat Castrillo says:

    Mientras leía, pensaba que nadie puede asegurar que no le pasará lo mismo. Me ha venido una idea a la cabeza, pero he de madurarla.. Ojalá funcionara, pero se necesitan personas compremetidas. Una sola no hace casi nada, pero puede mover a otros.

    1. Richie says:

      What she said was,

      “While reading, I thought that no one can guarantee it will not be the same thing. It has been an idea to mind, but I have to ripen .. I wish to work, but people need to understand. One does almost nothing, but can move others.”

  4. Robin Scheff says:

    Do more of these. They are mind-changing videos and very very important to do. More of them please.

    1. Arty says:

      Enough to know that it doesn’t really matter. Does this somehow make you feel better about yourself?

      1. David says:

        The misuse of quotation marks can be mocked without criticizing the whole project. I like what they’re doing and I’m sure he is a fine person; I just don’t think any cause is so holy that only positive things must be said about it.

    2. Audra says:

      It probably means a lot more than four, actually. If a person can actually speak four languages, it means they most likely can comprehend and communicate, to some extent, in several others. If you comment is aimed at the fact that the symbol for ‘4’ is used rather than the English word, consider that 4=4 in several languages, while four=4 is fewer languages. It may have been used as a linguistic device.

  5. HAHAHA says:

    Yes, these are heart wrenching, but some of these are funny more than heart wrenching. “I was a figure skater” – I’m not surprised you’re homeless. “I was a personal trainer” – She was obviously in the wrong line of work. “I went to modeling school” – That was a reality check waiting to happen there. “I’m a computor geek” – Really? I would think a computer geek would be able to spell, oh I don’t know…the word computer.

    Yes, I smirked at some of these. Not all of them, but dammit, some where just bad ideas to cut into this video. And I doubt I’ll be coming back to this page, so comment on this if you like saying I’m cold hearted, but it is your time to waste since I won’t be reading it. LOL

    1. MREX says:

      I would like to close your eyes and picture yourself saying these things to these people’s face. Now just sit with that shame for a while. I’m so thankful I am not related to you or are in any way an acquaintance of mine. I would be SO embarrassed by you!! Good luck in your cynical, pitiful, hate-filled life!

    2. Jordan says:

      U r fully entrenched in the psychopathy of capitalism! Enjoy’ the rest of us will have empathy and humanity and consciousness

  6. James says:

    The only question I have is the one who is homeless and yet he has a job. You have options… you don’t need to be living on the street. I’ve been in that situation before… My parents lost our home when I was four, my dad was of course still working, and we stayed with my aunt for a while till we found another place to live. I’ve been in one of the worst paying jobs imaginable. It’s technically considered an internship so they didn’t actually have to pay me anything but I did the math one day when I was bored and figured out it divided into about 75 cents an hour.

    I don’t understand why anyone would want to be homeless on purpose. I call that camping.

    1. James says:

      Good thing you had an aunt to live with for a while. And yes, I’m being sarcastic. God forbid, a person has no family and makes just enough NOT to be able to afford a place to live, pay utilities, AND eat. I would think you’d be slightly more empathetic to just how tough it is to make it out here for some people.

    2. jacob says:

      Oh so because you were blessed with an aunt to take care of you guys, everyone else should? Forget that fairy tale crap, Some people are going through life alone buddy.

  7. Michael says:

    I live in downtown Orlando and I have actually seen most of these people. I walk everywhere because I don’t have a car right now, and I work downtown. I think just like anything else, it’s easy to categorize people based off a few interactions.

    That being said, I feel like making videos like this does nothing. Some people will drop some comments about how sad and humanizing it is, but then they’ll go on with their lives. I would rather see resources used on the ground level helping the homeless instead of making videos to get shares on social.

    I have volunteered at Central Florida’s Coalition for the Homeless and the biggest problem facing homeless people (speaking to dt orlando) is the fact that it’s hard for them to get out of the situation that they’re in. If you truly want to make a difference in any cause, you have get dirty and put in the physical hours.

    – my 2 cents

    1. Dylan says:

      Why not both? Have you ever used a camera before? This wouldn’t take long to make, maybe an afternoon or so.

      It’s clearly aimed at people who are not doing physical hours or even talking to homeless people. The aim is to get people who are not talking to homeless people to talk to them. The very fact that people say that it is “sad and humanizing” speaks of its worth.

      Were you thinking that by the end of the video all of the people in it would have homes as a result of the video? Seems a little naive.

  8. Jenn says:

    The comments here are so weird. Half of you are super conservative and irrelevant to the world the other half are just hypocrites. I get that you thought this was “nice” and “important” but how many of you actually talk to these people? Honestly if you actually hung out and talked to these people you would already know all these things. Most street people tend to be really honest and open if you actually come to them like a human being.

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