As Jo Kreiter's astonishing aerial dancers came rappelling down the side of an 80-foot concrete and brick wall to an inventive score, a disgruntled resident of a neighboring building leaned out of his window and yelled "Turn it down!" -- reminding us of the perils of performing in public spaces.
On our walk to dinner one night, the group discussed work and I was overly focused on not getting the heels of my boots stuck in grates on the ground. As we came past restaurants and stores, I looked up to see a man standing across the street from me holding a cardboard sign: NATIVE AND HOMELESS.
The say that eventually the child becomes the parent. In my mind, that's a situation that comes much much later in life when parents are old and frail and need help getting around. But I recently learned otherwise.
The Island of Oahu/ Hawaii is getting a lot of attention these days for all the wrong reasons. A local council there just approved measures to regulate how a person spends time on a sidewalk -- nothing more than weakly veiled attempts to kick homeless people off the curb.
Over the years several people experiencing homelessness have reached out to me online. Each experience in itself was unique and always beyond amazing.
Seven dollars per day is not much. Forget buying a latte at Starbucks each morning. You would barely have enough money to eat afterwards. In fact, forget going out to eat. Period. The tip alone would eat up all of your daily allocation.
The words "back to school" carry with them all the energy, excitement and nervousness associated with a new class, new teachers, new subjects and even new friends. But for the children of homeless families going back to school it's about a lot more than first-day butterflies.
For millions of poor kids in the U.S. today, the reality of summer is very different from that middle-class ideal. For them, the words "back to school" suggest the start of something good, not the end.
Witnessing raw need can make us feel a range of conflicting emotions: anxious, uncertain, compassion and maybe even slightly guilty. We want to help but may not know whether or how to do so. Those are difficult feelings.
Time flies. Yes, we hear that everyday don't we? And on some days we see it too. Time flies. Can you see a difference you've made in someone's life...
Just three years in, Warm Winters has donated more than 5,000 items of warm clothing to 2,500 homeless people. The organization works with six ski resorts in California and Nevada, and they have engaged a volunteer base of 50+ youth
Last week, a viral video depicted Daniel Ashley Pierce, a young man who recorded his family's violent reaction to his having come out as gay -- yelling about the Bible, physically assaulting him and kicking him out of the house. Daniel's boyfriend posted the video online, and people around the world were horrified by what they saw.
As inequality continues to dramatically increase, these are the consequences on the ground. It's not only about race. It's also about the deeper inequality for which race often serves as a proxy and with which it is inextricably linked. Addressing this underlying injustice is essential.
Given our national obsession with work, employment means a lot for not just our pocketbooks, but also our dignity and place in society. From my perspective, the bottom line for the American Dream is inclusion in the workforce.
Kindness runs in Blair Israel's blood. As a young girl, Blair and her triplet brothers, Brett and Blake, were told stories about how her grandmother and grandfather took homeless people off the streets and welcomed them into their home in Ohio.
Seems like it's only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves and Fishes more than any other nonprofit homeless services. The reason for that is simple: Alan and his team place people first!