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Open Our Eyes: Seeing the Invisible People of Homelessness Paperback – September 28, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Very eye opening for me. I am asking myself how can I make a difference in lives.Published 17 months ago by Mary J. Bunch
A collection of real life people sharing their stories, feelings and wishes. A must read to help re-humanize a forgotten section of society.Published 20 months ago by Kathleen A. Hietala