Meet Adam Reichart. He's a 44-year-old homeless man who lives in San Francisco. In his city alone there are 6,500 men and women living without homes. Those are the people Reichart hoped to shine a light on when he agreed to volunteer as part of the Homeless GoPro project.
And he's got some wisdom to share:
"People are losing their compassion and their empathy, not just for homeless people but for society in general."
Started by Kevin F. Adler, the project gives homeless volunteers in San Francisco a donated GoPro camera, and asks them to use the wearable device to film their daily interactions with people. Those videos are then shared online in the hopes of "building empathy through a firsthand perspective." Through people like Reichart, the Homeless GoPro project hopes to let people in on everything from the physical dangers to the psychological challenges that homeless people face each and every day.
Adler cites his uncle, Mark, who spent 30 years living between halfway houses and on the streets, as the biggest motivation for his desire to spread awareness about homelessness.
According to the project website, Reichart struggled with the deaths of his mother and his wife, in addition to "drug use that spiraled out of control."
"I feel that technology has changed so much where people are emailing and don't talk face to face anymore," Reichart said in the video above. "People are losing their social skills ... and their compassion."
Watch the video above in which he shares more thoughts on the toll that modern technology has taken on American society's ability to emphasize.
Want to get involved? Check out four options Homeless GoPro gives you to make a difference right now.
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