What Do WE Look Like

What Do WE Look Like

What does a homeless person look like to you? Is it the person sitting in a cardboard box under a bridge, possibly with a dog, usually with a sleeping bag and little else to protect them from the elements? Someone with their worldly possessions in a shopping cart?...
Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward

This is Shah Jahan, a Muslim immigrant who I met Christmas Eve when I was giving out backpacks to the homeless. I had one backpack left when I met him. And, he was SO excited to get the backpack because he had no gloves. His fingers were literally turning blue.As I...
Homeless On The E Train

Homeless On The E Train

To the a-holes on the E train this morning, just because someone is homeless, it DOES NOT give you the right to act superior or harass and disrespect them. This is Lou, who was minding his own business, not bothering anyone, when two jack-asses in suits got on the...
This Is Jorge

This Is Jorge

It’s midnight, and the temperature outside is in the 20’s. On this particular night, Backpacks For The Street’s co-founder, Jayson Conner, talks with Jorge who tells him that the only place he feels safe taking shelter is inside New York’s Port Authority. Grateful for...
Why Is Alex Invisible?

Why Is Alex Invisible?

A few weeks ago, I met a kid named Alex (pictured below), a 22-year-old boy, who came to New York City five months ago full of hope that he would find salvation here. After a month of staying with friends, he ended up penniless and homeless, a state of being he’s...
Meet Miguel From Guatemala

Meet Miguel From Guatemala

This is Miguel, He and his brother are homeless. This morning, I found them huddled together, asleep, trying to stay warm, outside a building across the street from us. Their story is so heartbreaking. They immigrated from Guatemala five years ago, in hopes of being...

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