Share a story about homelessness with StoryCorps

We are happy to announce a collaboration between @home and StoryCorps, the nation's largest oral history project. StoryCorps will record your own story about homelessness when you visit one of their story booths in Chicago, Atlanta, or San Francisco.

What was it like the first time you saw a homeless person? Have you ever walked by a homeless person and ignored them? Have you made a connection with someone who is homeless? Here are some examples of stories people have shared about homelessness.

As the holidays approach, this is your chance to share your story and deepen the conversation with friends and family about this often-overlooked issue.

Here's how StoryCorps works:

Step 1: Find an interview partner, preferably someone you know.

Step 2: Decide what story you want to share (sample questions below).

Step 3: Make your reservation online https://storycorps.org/reservations/ or by calling 1-800-850-4406Mention @HOME when making your reservation.

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Here is a list of questions to get you started:

1. How does homelessness impact you, your family, and/or your community?

2. Describe the experience of the first time you saw a homeless person? How did it make you feel? 

3. Describe a time you have experienced precarious or unstable housing yourself.

4. Have you ever been kicked out, evicted, or made to feel unsafe in your own home? Describe the situation. How did you respond?

5. Have you ever feared that you would become homeless? If you did become homeless, then what do you think caused it? If you did not, then what do you think prevented it?

6. Talk about a positive interaction you've had with a homeless person. 

7. Have you ever had a negative interaction with a homeless person? Please describe the situation. 

8. Have you ever given money to a homeless person? Please share about the experience. 

9. Have you ever walked by a homeless and ignored them? If so, why?

10. How do you feel about homelessness? 

11. Is homelessness growing or decreasing where you live?

12. If you're a parent, what do you share with your children about homelessness? What do they share with you? 

13. How do you feel we can end homelessness? 

Here is a quick summary of what to expect when you go to a story booth to share your story.

StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. All StoryCorps interviews are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Schedule your interview time today: https://storycorps.org/reservations/ or by calling 1-800-850-4406. Mention @HOME when making your reservation. 

If you have a question about this collaboration between @home and StoryCorps, please email info@kindlinggroup.org.

A note from @home Director Susanne Suffredin

On Tuesday, March 4th, @home screened at the Hollywood ArcLight theater for a sold-out crowd, to raise money for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Home for Good L.A. Mark Horvath and the film’s Director Susanne Suffredin were both there to answer questions about the project and share their experiences. Here’s what Susanne had to say about the evening:

What a tremendous evening Tuesday night was! It was wonderful to see @home screened at the beautiful ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. The film looked and sounded beautiful on the big screen and the support for the film’s message was overwhelming. After the film, there was a wonderful panel discussion, including Mark Horvath, United Way supporter and volunteer Marti McFall, and Home for Good Business Leaders Task Force Co-Chair Jerry Neuman. The panel discussion stressed the importance of concrete actions to end homelessness and the importance of working together with government, churches, and business leaders to end this crisis. My thanks to United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Home for Good, Christine Marge, and Emily Bradley for their amazing work, and for organizing such a wonderful event. A beautiful night for a great cause — Susanne

Interested in setting up a screening in your community? Just send us an email — info@kindlinggroup.org.

Homeless for the Holidays

When colleges and universities close their doors for holiday breaks, homeless students are put in a difficult position. Some of them, like Jessica McCormick, a senior at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are forced to brave the elements and return to the streets. In the past, McCormick gritted her teeth and suffered through the icy Michigan winters, but this year she hopes to affect change for homeless students across the country. Take a look at her petition on Change.org.