When I first started at The Lighthouse I was trying to figure out how to tell the story of what it is like to be homeless. In the middle of summer, Saskatoon was very lucky to have an amazing homelessness advocate stop by, named Mark Horvath. He started a project called InvisiblePeople.tv, where he does brief interview with people experiencing homelessness. His videos illuminate who is homeless and why, but also how people experiencing homelessness are just like anybody else. They want to be heard, they want to share their story.
Mark is from Los Angeles, where he was homeless at one time himself. He toured across Canada last summer with support from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. He shot the above video right outside the Lighthouse front doors. I am proud to say Richard now has a home at the Lighthouse, and is doing great in his own suite.
Now Mark is fundraising to tell the stories of people experiencing homelessness in the UK. But he needs your help. Until June 29th, every donation will be matched by a generous donor. Mark writes:
The first signs of a serious homelessness crisis in England’s towns and cities are emerging, with increases in rough sleeping, street drinking, crime and antisocial behavior as a result of swingeing cuts to hostel and housing services. Charities have warned that official figures showing a 14% rise in people classed as homeless are just the “tip of the iceberg”, because they fail to capture huge numbers who have been displaced from their home and are living with friends, in hostels or on the streets. For 10 days in early July Invisible People will tour the UK helping homeless people and homeless services tell their story.
Please donated here, so this important project of giving invisible people a voice can continue. I donated! You should too!