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Open Our Eyes: Seeing the Invisible People of Homelessness [Kindle Edition]

Kevin D. Hendricks , Chris Brogan
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Book Description

“I had it all and ended up on the streets,” says Elvin.

“I put a smile on my face for my kids’ sake,” says Cecilia.

“I’m hoping I can survive another day,” says Eddie.

These are the gritty, unfiltered voices of America’s homeless. This epidemic is putting families, children, veterans and executives on the street. While their stories are often ignored, they’re not invisible, thanks to the efforts of founder Mark Horvath. He travels the country collecting and sharing raw, unedited videos and gives voice to the nation’s homeless.

These are the stories of real homeless people, collected and retold from videos. Interspersed with those real life stories are reflections from social media experts, nonprofit heroes, technology executives and more, sharing their connection to homelessness and how the inspiring example of has impacted them. You’ll also find common misconceptions about homelessness and suggestions for how you can get involved.

It’s time to move beyond the stereotypes and stop looking away. It’s time to open our eyes.

“We’re homeless, we’re not less human,” says Tish.

All proceeds from this book support the work of

Featuring contributions from: Brad Abare, Chris Brogan, Wendy Cohen, Lee Fox, Jessica Gottlieb, Alan Graham, David Henderson, Jeff Holden, Michael Ian, Becky Kanis, Natalie Profant Komuro, Jeff Lilley, Geoff Livingston, Heather Meeker, Brandon Mendelson, Stefanie Michaels, Scott Monty, Shannon Moriarty, Chloe Noble, Stephanie Rudat, Kari Saratovsky, Lisa Truong, Nedra Weinreich and Scott Williams.

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About the Author

Kevin D. Hendricks lives in St. Paul, Minn., with his wife, kids and dogs. He runs his own freelance writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. He published his first book in the first grade, "Mike, The Cat." You can learn more at, which is also where you'll find the blog he's updated since 1998. For shorter bursts of narcissism you can follow him at

Product Details

  • File Size: 194 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453721363
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Monkey Outta Nowhere (November 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Homelessness and the courage to care November 11, 2010
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"Homelessness is easy to ignore. It's as simple as turning a blind eye and letting the homeless become invisible," according to Kevin Hendricks in this book. The book is a series of stories about homeless people interspersed with observations by a number of different people on the nature and effects of homelessness.

The book is also a tribute to Mark Horvath, the author of the InvisiblePeople blog. Mark, who has himself experienced homelessness, travels around meeting homeless people and, with their permission, using his video camera to capture their stories. He posts the videos on his blog, and sends photo links via Twitter, thus helping invisible people to become visible again.

I found this short book to be both moving and challenging. There were homeless people from many different walks of life with many different stories. Most of them face problems which are difficult to solve, but that does not excuse us for ignoring them; they need to be accepted and treated with dignity like everyone else. I warmly commend this book to anyone who has the courage to care.
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We have all seen them, the dirty, nasty, stinking, disgusting bums standing on corners with cardboard signs with large black block letters stating something like, "HOMELESS PLEASE HELP!" People whose hair is matted and tangled. I live in the county and now the bums often sit on the benches near the mall in the county panhandling and being patently obnoxious. These homeless people of which I speak are almost always men who look drunk and or high on something. Yes I often tell myself not to give them anything because; it will just be used for drugs or alcohol.

Funny thing there is a coffee shop near my home and in it homeless people sit for hours on end with a book in fromt of them. They seldom read the book because; I notice many of the homeless regulars dudes never turn the pages. I visit the coffee shop to use the free wi-fi and people watch, while drinking coffee, eating muffins and reading my kindle. I am not a big guy but I am ugly & crazy enough that the sick and sane alike know to leave me alone. Yet rarely a homeless person will approach me.

This stinking nasty homeless dude walked up to my table. I actually smelled this dude approach my table so without looking up and seeing him, I said leave me alone. In my most robotic voice I said, Sir You'll get nothing from me but greif, pain and an eventual police arrest. I don't exist to satisfy your drug and alcohol habits so please GO AWAY! Usually that's enough to make the homeless leave me alone so I read my Kindle, unbothered and happy.

I had not even looked at the man but the horrid odor he emitted was still there. This being Baltimore I figured we would have to fight so I stood up ready to duke it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening read September 26, 2011
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If you're not familiar with Mark Horvath or his work - Open Our Eyes: Seeing the Invisible People of Homelessness will awaken your eyes to the issues of homelessness right off the bat.
Kevin Hendricks has handpicked numerous stories that Mark has shared over the past few years and formatted them in an easy to read format that is accessible to everyone.
Along the way, Kevin has also gathered input from a number of individuals who have worked with Mark and share how their own eyes were opened to the real people and real stories of those who live on the streets of America.
The book can easily be ready in one or two sittings - but I encourage you not do so.
Take your time. Don't simply breeze through the stories. Let the stories sink in. Let them catch you off guard. Let them offend you. And let them lead you to action - with eyes wide open.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Book! July 2, 2013
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This is a must read book for everyone! Too often society doesn't see those in need. This book gives the reader an insight into what the homeless experience that is difficult to get otherwise. It gives the reader the opportunity to see those in the streets as human... a person with needs and desires just like himself. With the economy being what it is today, the homeless class of people will continue to grow. The misconception of "homelessness" being only old drunk men who just don't want to help themselves is so far from the mark! Whole families are increasingly finding themselves among the homeless every day. There are more Americans than you realize that are just one missed paycheck from finding themselves homeless. Woman, children and infants, along with men who desperately want work. But it's just not always there. It's our responsibility to help those in need. We are here to work together and help each other make it through this journey. Reading this book will help you see those people who have become so easy to ignore as we walk down life's streets.
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More About the Author

Kevin D. Hendricks lives in St. Paul, Minn., with his wife, two kids and two dogs. He runs his own freelance writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. He published his first book in the first grade, "Mike, The Cat." You can learn more at, which is also where you'll find the blog he's updated since 1998. For shorter bursts of narcissism you can follow him at

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