'One act of kindness can change somebody. It’s like throwing a pebble in a river; you don’t know where the ripple ends.'
Most of us will see at least one homeless person every day – but have you ever stopped to wonder what circumstances led them to be in that situation? The reality is that it could happen to anyone.
Now, a new initiative is working to give us more of an insight into the lives of homeless people, as well as how they actually came to be homeless.
Homeless Stories, founded by Glenn Cooper of Universal Music and Dave Graham of Crossfire Productions, is giving displaced people the chance to tell their story on camera, shared every week on their social channels.
Their aim is to team up with a different charity each month to help raise awareness of their work, as well as giving homeless individuals a platform on which they share their stories with the public.
Below you can learn about the first three people to share their experiences on Homeless Stories in connection with the Glass Door Homeless Charity; Eddie, James and Henry.
After sleeping rough for 26 years, Eddie shares how he managed to turn his life around. ‘One act of kindness can change somebody. It’s like throwing a pebble in a river; you don’t know where the ripple ends.’
James became homeless after an accident left him without a job. The impact on his finances meant that eventually he couldn’t keep up with bills and eventually ended up on the streets. Watch his story above.
Despite having family, Henry says he was too embarrassed of his situation to reach out and let them know what had happened to him – until recently.
Follow Homeless Stories on Facebook and at @HomelessStoryuk on Twitter for their latest updates, and don’t forget to follow their YouTube channel.