Homeless People Share Their Stories on Cardboard. {Video}

Via Jennifer S. White
on Jul 24, 2014
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I remember working in a coffee house and having a regular customer who slept on the metal bench across the street.

She liked me and would bring me in gifts, things like lottery tickets.

One day, a co-worker, a psychology student at the local college, asked me what I did to have her like me so much when she was also so nice to her, always giving her free coffee, etc. I looked at her and said, “You give her free coffee? I don’t even give my husband free coffee.”

So why did she like me? Because I treated her like any other customer that I had.

Because homeless people are still people.

And ReThink Homelessness, a Florida-based advocacy group attempts to remind us of just this fact through this latest video, which has since gone viral.

This video asked homeless people to write down something about themselves that others wouldn’t know just by walking past them, and the results definitely tug at the heartstrings.

These are their Cardboard Stories. ‪#‎RethinkHomelessness‬



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About Jennifer S. White

Jennifer S. White is a voracious reader, obsessive writer, passionate yoga instructor and drinker of hoppy ales. She’s also a devoted mama and wife (a stay-at-home yogi). She considers herself to be one of the funniest people who ever lived and she’s also an identical twin. In addition to her work on elephant journal, Jennifer has over 40 articles published on the wellness website MindBodyGreen and her yoga-themed column Your Personal Yogi ran in the newspaper Toledo Free Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology, absolutely no degrees in anything related to literature, and she currently owns a wheel of cheese. If you want to learn more about Jennifer, make sure to check out her writing, as she’s finally put her tendencies to over-think and over-share to good use. Jennifer is the author of The Best Day of Your Life, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She's also as excited as a five year old to announce the release of her second book, The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother, available on Amazon.


4 Responses to “Homeless People Share Their Stories on Cardboard. {Video}”

  1. Joshua says:

    Thank you for sharing our work at the Rethink Homelessness Campaign, and more importantly, sharing the Cardboard Stories of our homeless neighbors.

  2. jenniferswhite says:

    I'm so happy you saw this! Your campaign is inspiring to everyone and brings awareness to a huge issue that we all should be talking about. Thanks to *you* (and thank you for taking the time to comment).

  3. I was a in a bad way before I got housed I still am now but at least I got a roof over my head

  4. MeAndYou says:

    It's so sad that we have to re-think it at all. Occurred to me lately, what would happen in the world if the goal was to improve the quality of life for all. Not question if we should raise a minimum poverty wage but what if the answer was always yes, every goal was to improve quality of life for all. Nothing else. We could do it. It would change the world. Only obstacle is that we haven't decided as a humanity to do it.