Forging Empathy for America’s Homeless

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In an attempt to shed light on homelessness in America, U.C. Berkley’s Homeless GoPro Project is providing a jarring look at the homeless life of  44-year old father of three, Adam Reichart.

The Homeless GoPro Project sounds at first like novelty exploitation, however the project proves itself to be a sensitive and heartrending glimpse into life without a home, and the struggle of staying alive. “There’s a shared concept of human dignity we’re trying to build” legal policy associate (and one of four co-founders) Heather Warnken told The Daily Dot.  [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eqPPdmVKzs?rel=0]

Still in it’s earliest stages, the project’s focus is on the life of Adam Reichart, who has struggled with substance abuse and life on the streets for the past 30-years. As the first volunteer subject for the project, Reichart gives a heartbreaking testimony to the state of empathy for one another within the U.S. and the necessity of compassion in a time where both have become a rarity.

The Homeless GoPro Project’s ambitions for the future are bold; aiming to tell a “more comprehensive story,” as well as exposing some of the issues that are often ascribed to homelessness. Also aiming to shed light on the increasing number of people who have found themselves homeless within the past few years and to forge empathy for what the homeless experience everyday. “That’s why people have turned a blind eye to homelessness so frequently, it is often unrelatable, it is often very painful, it does often involve risk factors like struggles with mental health and challenges with substance abuse.” Warnken told The Daily Dot. (The Homeless GoPro website also has links for donating directly to the homeless and resources for getting involved in aiding the homeless, provided below)

Beyond the heartbreaking footage and story of a homeless man trying to meet his basic needs, is the potent and poignant conveyance of the most basic of human needs: humanity.

For More Information on Homelessness in Minnesota See:

MN Homeless Coalition: http://www.mnhomelesscoalition.org/

People Serving People Volunteer Opportunities: http://peopleservingpeople.org/

Visit The Homeless GoPro Project: http://www.homelessgopro.com/

Article | Dane Edward Johnson

Images courtesy of Google Images

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