Wish you could see what I see

Cold NightWhenever I walk through an area like Los Angeles’s Skid Row or San Francisco’s Tenderloin, one of my first thoughts is “I wish you could see what I see”. Just this last week I was walking through the Tenderloin and came upon a severally disabled  man sitting on the sidewalk trying to put on an old sock.  I gave him new socks and I wish you could have seen his smile. A few blocks later I ran into a man wearing a handkerchief around his face as a mask. He was holding a $100 bill in the air asking for the whereabouts of someone. It was a little scary. I wish you could see how volatile the streets really are.

By now most of you have heard about Google Glass. Basically, it’s a wearable computer that will allow point-of-view photos and videos including live streaming.  Just this last week a surgeon used Google Glass to stream a surgical procedure live to a Google Hangout. The possibilities for social activism are endless.

It’s exciting that Google has picked Invisible People to be a part of their “Explorer Project.” What that means is Google has selected us to receive Google Glass earlier than most everyone else. It’s really a privilege to have a homeless nonprofit be selected, and the use of Glass fits our work tremendously. I really would be able to take you all along with me as I go into tent cities and under bridges.

The bad news is we have to raise $1,500 plus tax to acquire our own Google Glass, and we only have 7 days to make it happen or we lose the opportunity.

I understand this is not a normal type ‘ask’ for a fundraiser. I asked a bunch of you to see if this is something you’d donate to, and many of you said YES.

Since our start in 2008, Invisible People has used new technologies to help share the true story of people experiencing homelessness. We have reached new stakeholders that would have never talked about the issues of homelessness, but are now fully engaged in this cause.   If 150 of you simply give $10 we can make this happen. If 60 of you gave $25 this would be a done deal. Maybe you’re a brand and would like to cover the entire cost. All I know is Google has given us a huge opportunity to use new technology to fight homelessness and we have to at least try and make this a reality!

I created a fundraising page on Causes you can find by clicking here

If you’d like to donate via PayPal click here.

Thank you in advance for your love and support helping to keep Invisible People current with today’s technology.



photo by: liber
  • Matt Kennedy

    That’s great! I wish you the best.. I just got out of being homeless 3 weeks ago so I can’t give anything right now but I will post and see what I can do for you. I am donating 100% of all sales proceeds of my art to the homeless, maybe I could auction off a piece of art for you? I am doing Ceramic Tattoo Tiles right now: http://ceramictattooart.com/

  • Diane Price

    Wow you never fail to amaze me Mark. My wish is to walk those streets with you and show those guys some love.

  • Ferallike

    I dropped some money in the donation bucket to help raise the money for the Google Glass. I am one of your tweeps signed up to allow auto tweets through my account to help expose the seriousness of the struggle homeless people endure. If you would, please let us know if you reached the goal of enough funds so you can purchase the Google Glass? I have you on a very high pedestal in my esteem for the work you do and I really think this idea is a fantastic way to illuminate the plight of the homeless so as to reach more people. Thank you for all you do to help them!

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