We are all Human Beings

A very long time ago, when I was an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, I had the opportunity to work with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG). My personal project was centered on hunger and homelessness. I worked on educating students about “living wage”, volunteered at shelters, tabled for hours, all to raise awareness about these topics. To this day, hunger and homelessness continue to be the focus of my volunteer activities.

When I came to Seattle, I started working with Hopelink, an organization that helps prevent families from becoming homeless. Hopelink offers continuing education to help adults learn job skills, a food bank, and financial assistance to keep families in their current homes (when a loss of a job or other hardship threatens their shelter). I have also spent time at the Seattle Union Gospel Mission, an organization dedicated to providing emergency care and recovery services to the homeless population in Seattle. I have learned about the difficulties faced by those who are affected by homelessness and what we can do to prevent it. I have also seen first hand the impact of a community working together to help those in need.

When I saw this video today, I had to share. The message is so powerful…We are all human beings.

  • http://bhumithelion.wordpress.com bhumithelion

    I would love to watch this video but I already cried about the coke commercial where they look at all the joy and humanness that is captured on security cameras around the world today. I’ll have to come back tomorrow.

    • http://simplemedicinecenter.wordpress.com Pre

      It’s a much watch. Heartbreaking, but a message that we need to hear as a community.

  • http://compostingwords.wordpress.com compostingwords

    Thank you for sharing this story and for your volunteer work.

    • http://simplemedicinecenter.wordpress.com Pre

      It’s a message that needs to be shared…there are so many who are less fortunate than me. I am so glad I can give my time :)

  • http://SimpleMedicineby;Pre Noel

    Very powerful. So sad. The True meaning of “loss of dignity”.
    USA needs to help those in need in our own backyards first.
    I can’t imagine how many more “Ronald Davis” are out there hurting & trying to just survive the next day.

    • http://simplemedicinecenter.wordpress.com Pre

      I know what you mean. This really moved me. My whole life I’ve heard people use the word “bum”, never thinking twice about it. I have had people tell me how silly it is to give money away to the homeless. Why is it silly? I have no place to judge someone who is brave enough to ask for help. Like Ronald said, a few bad things can happen to a good person. I hope this video gets the recognition it deserves.

  • http://thenotsotypicalblogger.wordpress.com thenotsotypicalblogger

    hi great photos!
    i have a question do you know how i can put up a slider with sticky post as my home page ?
    You have it but i can’t place it?!
    Thank you xo

    • http://simplemedicinecenter.wordpress.com Pre

      Hi! If you want to email me through my contact form, I can try to help you :)