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September 2020

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It Doesn't Take Much Change To Change The World

You don’t need to have much in your pockets to change the world, a big-hearted homeless man has reminded us. While conducting a social experiment, a YouTube personality, Sam Pepper, approached a few diners in a pizza shop, expressed that he was hungry and asked if they could spare a slice. He was rejected each time. The first person to offer Pepper something to eat was the last person he expected help from. A homeless guy didn't hesitate to share his food. Perhaps what was most inspiring about the experiment was that this was the first homeless man Pepper approached. In shooting the video, "I didn't edit anything out and didn't have to make multiple tries," he wrote on his YouTube pa

Should I Kill Myself?

The following is from a thread on Twitter from this past weekend, as posted by user Kevin Frankish (@KevinFrankish). Kevin shares his exchange with a man who is homeless, an exchange that maybe saves a life. It certainly changes one, including that of anyone who reads this thread and learns from Kevin's compassion. This is exactly what Haven Toronto's eBook 'The Power Of 1' is about - small acts that make a big difference in a day, in a life. Kevin writes... Earlier today I was walking down Bay St. near Gerrard. There was a homeless man sitting on the ground leaning against the wall holding an empty Tim’s cup out. He recognized me and said “Hi Kevin”. I stopped. He told me his name was

A Globe Of Support

Amarri Hernandez and her boyfriend were at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport getting ready to head to Pittsburgh when they noticed a scene in the TSA line that left them heartbroken. An elderly man in the line was crying as a TSA agent forced him to throw a package in the trash. Amarri knew the package must be special, so her boyfriend fished the box out of the trash. Inside was a snow globe, and featured in the middle of the globe were two pictures – one of an elderly couple and one of a little girl. On the bottom was an engraved message: “We love you Katie, Nana and Papa 1/25/16.” Amarri knew the snow globe was special and decided she would do everything in her power to return

Seeing The Good In Life

A woman stopped by the local florist to buy a freshly cut bouquet. After paying, she started to leave, but paused to watch the old flower merchant who was carefully picking all the dried leaves and stems from the lower portion of the potted plant that seemed to have no life. “Why are you wasting your time on that dead thing?” she asked. The florist replied, “It is not dead. Oh, some of its leaves have finished with their lives, but see, up here, there is still some green showing in the stalk. I expect that with care and love this plant will live and produce flowers for many more years.” “Young lady,” he continued, “there are many people like plants.” “They suffer what is a terrible loss – pe

One Small Act Can Make One Big Difference, In A Day, In A Life

The old man regularly sits oceanside to do his writing. He has made a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he begins his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and he found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young boy paused, lo

Introducing 'The Power Of 1'

Life can be exhausting. Not necessarily physically from manual labour and muscle strain but mentally exhausting, and emotionally draining. So much so that people have nothing left to give. Nothing in reserve. Not for themselves. And certainly not for anyone else. They are empty, so they shut down, give in and give up. What is causing the drain and, with it, increasing isolation, loneliness, depression and worse? Maybe it’s what, and how much people are consuming. People are overindulging, unaware of the serious impact on their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. But it‘s not what you think. More than ever, people are being inundated with information, much of it in the form of negative

The Impact Of Chronic Sleep Loss On The Homeless

“When you sleep on the streets, anything you have in your pockets might be taken; people constantly try to mug you and beat you up – so, in the end, it becomes easier to stay awake.” That’s what Taz, a 61-year-old Nigerian homeless man who has lived in and around Shoreditch, East London, for over 40 years, told me when I took to the streets a couple of months ago to ask homeless people about how sleep deprivation affects their mental health. The niggling thought I couldn’t escape was, “Why have I never read about this area of homelessness before?” And when I saw the news last week that Scotland’s government has pledged to reduce homeless people’s stays in hostels and B&Bs to no longer than

Homeless In Hollywood

Entertaining Ideas Of Homelessness Versus The Reality Of What We See Every Day Entertainment media has given us unrealistic ideas of what to expect from individuals struggling with homelessness. If we don’t see a success story like Will Smith in the movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” then often we see a person who follows the stereotype: one who is crazy, on drugs, has raggedy clothes. These depictions lead us into dangerous territory, and we begin to see homelessness as existing in this neat, little box where people who are dressed nicely and own cars, or pets, or go to college, cannot be homeless. Both of these extremes are not representative of the middle and more common area, the rea

Ten Top Films About Homelessness

As the city looks forward to over 10 days of TIFF, we look back on over 10 of the top rated films connected to homelessness from the past 20 years, including the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival 'International Critics Award' winner, Time Out Of Mind. A real-life film about homelessness affords those involved the opportunity to accomplish artistic excellence while making a statement on the often misunderstood issues tied to homelessness, from working poor to mental health. Many films true to homelessness have rated in the 90s on Rotten Tomatoes – a website that provides ratings and reviews for movies and TV. One even achieving 100 out of 100. The challenge with art, while appreciated,

More Seniors Using, Staying Longer In Emergency Shelters

The National Shelter Study is an ongoing analysis of homelessness shelter use trends in Canada. Highlights from the latest report are now available. The current report is based on anonymous information from nearly 3.1 million shelter stays that occurred at over 200 of the approximately 400 emergency shelters across Canada between 2005 and 2016. The National Shelter Study is the most comprehensive national-level study of homelessness in Canada and is vital for understanding changing trends over time. It provides a descriptive account of the demographic characteristics of the homeless population using shelters in Canada and the trends in the average shelter occupancy rate, the overall number o

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