Social media is in a unique position to advocate for ending homelessness in the information age, and many organizations have begun to use this opportunity. But there’s a right and wrong way to do it. Paige McAdam from the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness thinks the Mean Tweets video produced by the Canadian organization Raise the Roof is the wrong way. She explains why, and also points to work by Facing Homelessness and other organizations that are advocating effectively in partnership with people who are experiencing homelessness.
In the newest StoryCorps "Finding Our Way" story to hit the KUOW airwaves, a Seattle mom talks about her experiences with domestic violence and homelessness. Our advocacy coordinator invited YWCA advocates who help survivors of domestic violence to listen to the story and share their reflections. Their insights -- like the fact that there are more shelters for dogs than for women in Washington -- may surprise you.
"It’s one thing to empathize with people and it’s another thing to do something about it," Desmond Pullen says to his granddaughter in the newest StoryCorps "Finding Our Way" interview, which airs on KUOW today. The pair talk about their efforts to help families at a shelter in Everett.
Fearing judgment from a society that stigmatizes poverty, the Gilliards kept their experience with homelessness secret -- until the day their story aired on NPR. Read about the consequences of that broadcast, and listen to their StoryCorps interview, which airs today locally on KUOW.
"I advocate because I want to give back to the community. I’ve been homeless and I know what it’s like. It’s unsafe being homeless and no one should have to experience it," says Nick Reyes. Read about Nick's remarkable efforts to end homelessness in this interview.