Taking a Formerly Homeless Woman Shopping To Furnish Her New Apartment

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Manda’s video showing how she lived under a bridge homeless: A HOMELESS WOMAN Shows Us Why It Feels Good to Give. 

Manda’s Invisible People interview: Living under a bridge doesn’t stop this homeless woman from staying positive.

In the video description of the vlog where Manda gives us a tour of her homeless camp in Seattle, I wrote that when Manda and I first met online that I never imagined I’d be having coffee with her under that bridge.

Fast forward a few weeks, and now I am in awe that I had the honor of taking Manda furniture shopping for her new apartment. We also went out and gave socks to new homeless friends.

One of the reasons I love Hanes is they genuinely want to help people. Each homeless person that participated in this years campaign, Hanesbrands Inc. offered additional support above the compensation they received for working with the campaign.

David received first months rent and security deposit for his new apartment and additional funds for furniture when he moved out of a homeless shelter. Hanes paid for Mary’s college tuition and bought her a laptop.

While she was still under the bridge, Hanes paid for Amanda’s phone service for a year. It’s a miracle that Manda got housing. Manda did all the hard work, and she gets all the credit for getting out of homelessness, but the one tool that helped her the most was the smartphone and mobile services that gave her the ability to contact social services and health services.

It’s truly amazing that Manda is now in housing, but there are tens of thousands of homeless people that still need help. I hope that you’ll be encouraged by this video and get a few smiles, but please know getting someone up off the streets is never easy!

DISCLOSURE: Hanesbrands Inc. compensated me for my time traveling to Seattle to take a formerly homeless woman shopping. This video is independent of that agreement, and Hanes did not compensate Invisible People or me for this

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