Homelessness – not simply defined as “absolutely without shelter” or “the chronically homeless” – is a plague on our society, sapping the health of our communities.
There’s been a hiatus here at the MissionLog as I’ve transitioned from a full time outreach worker to the homeless with Project417 back to a more traditional career as a phone guy in the telecommunications industry. Reasons? Ask me offline – but at the core is a realization that volunteerism and community development is driven by ordinary people working ordinary jobs who have the desire, opportunity and ability to give back. And I’m about as ordinary as they come. I’m tired of homeless friends who die without hope of ever having a home again.
I still have a vision: to definitively identify the root cause of homelessness and find the cure. Homelessness is not a poverty issue. It’s not simple economics, nor is it a self-inflicted wound. It is complex. It is pervasive.
So I’m working towards that end by founding The Whyhomeless Movement – a grassroots campaign to really help the homeless. This can’t be left to governments. It’s our city, our community, our village. Joining the WhyHomeless Movement is easy. Start by visiting Twitter and tweeting homelessness issues with the #whyhomeless hashtag. Search for people who are making a difference and tweet their story. Tweet out and re-tweet links to sites on the web that make a difference in the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness. Follow me at – http://twitter.com/canayjun and let me know you’ve joined the WhyHomeless Movement.
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