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Joshua


I first met Joshua during a Street Treats vendor training the day before the launch at this year’s SXSW. I had just assumed all of the homeless people in the program where “sheltered homeless”, but […]

Joshua

I first met Joshua during a Street Treats vendor training the day before the launch at this year’s SXSW. I had just assumed all of the homeless people in the program where “sheltered homeless”, but I was wrong. Joshua sleeps in a tent!

As you can tell by his smile, Joshua is excited to have the opportunity to make a few bucks and meet some new people.

Normally Joshua survives by food hand-outs from homeless shelters. Joshua said with the money he will make that day he’s going to grab some fast food and a hotel room with air conditioning. Before you judge, in his shoes, you’d probably do the same thing.

Street Treats is an amazing program and I encourage all of you in homeless services to think of creative ways we can empower our homeless friends to generate revenue and create purpose.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nihg.suki Nihg Suki

    Having spent the better part of 20 years with homeless people I can say this guy is blowing smoke. He only believes half of what he’s saying. Most of it is for the guy with the camera and the questions. Long time homeless learn to hide their personal life and put up a happy front. They’ve been trained that way by mean men looking for punching bags and witless woman with no concept of what homeless means. Joshua may well have a “home” where some buddy lets him sleep on the porch or maybe even the sofa. He may have a car he sleeps in. Whatever the case, he has learned to say words that will convey to the news people what it feels like in the shortest amount of time. Repeating it adds authenticity in his mind though it’s one of the first things to look for if you want to spot the exaggeration. He’s not exactly lying. He’s just painting with a large canvas so we who are blind to his plight can finally see what is needed.

  • TimB

    I have no idea what this comment means.

  • crock

    i have no idea what this comment means.

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