Update: Veteran’s Homelessness Video and Smartphone Game Prototype

Throughout @Home’s crowd-funding campaign new video clips and other updates will be posted. Below is the first video clip from the film showcasing the crisis of veteran’s homelessness.  The video starts off with me meeting Dale for a second time. The year before we first met and you can watch his story here. What follows is a protoype of the smartphone game featured on PBS/POV’s website

This video is a prototype of the smartphone game

  • Ellen Belluomini LCSW

    Personally, I hope you push the game farther. Participants can choose one or more of the following to experience.

    1. Locate a thrift store in the area and have
    someone else pick out clothes and shoes for you, do you best to fit in them.
    Don’t give your opinion. Wear them for a week.

    2. Here is your budget (social security disability,
    public aid, food stamps). Live off of this for the next month. Only pay those
    bills from your budget.

    3. Go to an area food pantry and live off the food
    given to you for a week.

    4. Find a way to get to work without your car.

    5. Find a way to grocery shop without your car.

    6. Go to a local social service agency and sign up
    for services.

    7. Don’t eat for a day.

    8. Stand on a street corner for a day with a cup
    and ask everyone who goes by for money.

    9. Sleep outside in your back yard on newspapers or
    in a cardboard box.

    10. Shave or wash your hair in a bathroom at the local gas station.

    11. Make a sign asking for money, sit on a highway
    exit

    12. Go to a car wash and offer to wipe the cars down, hope you get donations.

    13. Go to the mall with your kids, but use public transportation if you normally use a
    car. Share one lunch between yourself and all of your kids.

    14. Spend a night in a homeless shelter.

    15. Go to the back of your favorite restaurant and look for something edible in the garbage out back.

    Then after the participant in the game does one of these
    things they can then post their insights on a social media site.

  • Ellen Belluomini LCSW

    Here is another one…

    16. Go through your neighborhood garbage cans looking for aluminum
    cans, take them to the recycling plant in your area for money, on a
    bicycle.

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