August 25, 2016
BENEFITING: INVISIBLE PEOPLE
EVENT DATE: Aug 24, 2016
August 24th, 1995 was my last day homeless. August 24th of this year will be my 21st sober birthday. To be honest, when I walked into Hollywood and Vine Recovery Center all those years ago, getting sober for any length of time was not on my mind. Back then, I was the "worst of the worst" on the streets of Los Angeles. If you had seen me walking down the street towards you, you would have crossed to the other side. It's nothing short of a miracle that I even found a moment of sobriety much less 21 years of being completely clean and sober!
In 2008, after losing everything except my sobriety when the economy crashed, I grabbed a video camera and start to empower homeless people to share their own stories. Today, Invisible People reaches over 10 million people a week. In the last five years, we have reached 1.2 billion people sharing the true story of homelessness.
Most nonprofits share the story of people that have been helped. Invisible People helps share the story of people who still need help. Both are important, but Invisible People is able to humanize and normalize the subject of homelessness and build empathy in the viewer. It’s easy for homeless people to be an ‘other’. Invisible People makes them real people with real stories. Once people are real, normal and sympathetic, it is easier for the general public to take action in support of ending homelessness.
Our important work cannot continue without your help. For my sober birthday this year I am asking everyone to please donate $21 to help end homelessness. Maybe you can only donate $2. Maybe you can donate $30. Maybe you can help us make our goal of $5,000 in one donation. Please know every and any amount helps to keep Invisible People going and to help end homelessness.