The Road I Call Home - Short Film
Source – https://vimeo.com/185417340
"I was born and raised in the ghetto, on welfare, two minutes from homeless." -will.i.am, (Grammy winning singer and producer with Black Eyed Peas)
Are we all potentially two minutes from homeless? Yet, as passerby's we typically ignore and judge homeless people. The homeless should not be invisible. They cannot be ignored. Why? Because they too are one-of-a-kind creations with a story that counts.
Source – https://vimeo.com/185417340
I can’t tell you being homeless was a terrible experience. It wasn’t. I would never say it was great, but there were moments of greatness in it. You see, that’s the wonderful thing about children. We are resilient. No, I didn’t want to sleep in a tent. And no, I didn’t want to pick berries. But those aren’t the things that define much of that time. I was fed, I was clothed, and I was most certainly loved. You can see that love in my kindergarten picture.
Read "Moments of Greatness" HERE.
So through this journey I have found myself being homeless multiple times. Actually being disabled the way that I am makes it hard to have steady income and so sometimes situations are unattainable so there’s always that risk, and sometimes that risk becomes a reality so I’ve been homeless about three times in my life.
Even being homeless, I kept pushing forward with trying to make my life better, I was accepted into the PHd program at Saybrook University and I went for it. However even in my first semester I found myself still living homeless.
Read Monisha's story on being homeless HERE.
Being an ex felon, I ended up working a minimum wage job and still trying to support my kids. I also had to let my businesses go. I lost a lot of money and ended up homeless. I was homeless for three years in Arkansas; almost three years in Missouri. I came up here to help my little sister, who is also homeless, get off the street. Well, it's my baby sister. Gotta keep her safe, you know?
Read Biker D's full story HERE.
So I became homeless with a broken leg and pretty much out of my element. I was scared. I was really scared. One thing I’ve learned, though, is that we’re a lot tougher than we give ourselves credit for. We’re a lot more resilient and we adapt. I adapted. It hasn’t been easy, but I have become a better person because of it. I’ve learned a lot of ugly truths about myself.
Read Mama Jennie's story HERE.
You need to make memories - that’s what you need to worry about. The people that we love and cherish - I mean, there are people who have lost their children and you can’t get that back. Being selfless. If you can’t see past your own nose, you’re not going to get very far with happiness.
Read "Being Selfless" HERE.
I’m homeless because I can’t really get my life together at the moment. Because of the death of my daughter. It’s really hard to talk about. At the moment, I just chose it. One of these days I’ll get my life back in order. Which I had my life back in order until that happened. It was a blow to my heart. It’s hard to bury your kids, man.
To reach Wiliam's story, click HERE.
The night before we were to go on our video shoot of the local homeless camps, I found myself stressing over what I was going to wear. We would be walking around outside for three or four hours to film and the high was only supposed to be in the low 30s. The irony of my worry hit me pretty hard. I was stressed over the thought of spending a few hours outside in the cold when I was going to be visiting the camps where my homeless friends stay almost every night, no matter the weather.
Read Amy's full story HERE.
The day I had my daughter, I pretty much became homeless. I was at my Mom’s when I went into labor, and after that I couldn’t go back to my house. We just stayed in the car, stayed at a friend’s house - I was able to sleep there most of the time at night. During the day I just went places with the kids.
Read Amanda's full story HERE.
"I go to Bass Pro Shop to see the fish, and see all these people walking in there with families and I go, you know, they have homes to go to and I don't. When they leave here they have got somewhere to go.
To read Jamie's story and watch her short film go HERE
My dream is to have a little house and a wife. When I would come home from work she would give me a kiss and I would see how the kids are doing and play with them.
Read James' story on holding onto dreams in the midst of being homeless HERE.
Advice I would give to others? The magic to all of it? It’s a smile. You know what I’m saying? If you can’t find that, you got a problem. It’s not the world, it’s you.
Read the full story "All Back To The Smile" HERE.
And I don't even necessarily care about myself, I get along fine on the streets, eat three meals a day without even getting welfare! But what about the old lady? What about the old man? What about the...someone who has a mental issue? It's a lot harder for them
Watch the short film, "It Starts With One" HERE.
I have been homeless for four years and living in the cold is the hardest part of being homeless. This is my fourth winter, and whew, it's been hard. Summer’s not too bad, but I can’t do the winters no more.
Read the full story HERE.
There’s not one thing that led me to a homeless life. However if I had to say one of the main causes was that I was ill prepared for life by my absent, alcoholic, mentally psychotically abusive mother.
Read "Three Years Ago CoCo" HERE.
"People look at us differently; it's like they think all the homeless people are bad."
WATCH KEVIN AND PETRA'S SHORT FILM HERE.
If there was something I could share with people, it would be to have a lot of love in your heart. That’s it. ‘Cause I do. There’s been people that’s stole money from me over here - I ain’t going after them with a baseball bat, you know. Like one, he was my bro, I said “Man, if you don’t want to pay me, give me a pocket knife, something.” He still just avoids me. Oh well - if a friendship is worth $50, you can have it.
Read Danny's full story HERE.
"We're together everyday 24/7 and you know sometimes she gets mad because I don't ask her what she wants to do today, because it doesn't matter - "We gotta do what I gotta do." It took me a while to figure her out and I love her alot. And I'm gonna continue to love her as long as she lets me. I hope to get her off the street, as well as myself...I know I can do it."
Watch Kevin and Petra's short film HERE.
"Over the next 15 years I would be homeless, in and out of jails, rehabs and the hospital multiple times. I would die more times than I can count on one hand and would lose more friends to addiction than I can count on my fingers and toes."
Read David's story of hope and perseverance HERE.
"Yeah, I am homeless, but I am a good person and I want people to know this."
READ MORE ABOUT MELODY HERE.
My biggest fear is not having a place to stay. I’m too old to be homeless.
Read Michael's full story HERE.