Homelessness

Homeless Man Gives His Shoes to Diner In Need of Attending Wife’s Birthday

Imagine driving for over an hour to meet your wife at a restaurant for her birthday dinner, only to be turned away at the door for not wearing the proper footwear.

Akbar Badshah, who drove from Bradford to a Manchester restaurant, was especially distressed by the rejection because his fasting for the holy season of Ramadan had prevented him from eating during the day.

As he was panicking outside of the restaurant, he struck up a conversation with a homeless man named John.

After chatting for a few minutes about his unfortunate circumstances, Badshah took a…

Urban Beekeeping Program Results In ‘Amazing Change’ In Homeless Men

Accueil Bonneau’s beekeeping program is helping Montreal’s homeless reintegrate into society by teaching them to care for bees.

Although the approach is unusual, it has had great success.

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Photo credit: Alice Renaud / Accueil Bonneau Program

Accueil Bonneau is a local group that offers a variety of services for homeless people. They partnered with Montreal urban beekeeping company Alvéole four years ago.

Now the program, whose aim is to teach job skills and encourage social interaction, has 60…

Homeless Men Find Peace Through Urban Beekeeping

Homeless men are finding peace and purpose through their care of local beehives in Montreal.

Accueil Bonneau, a shelter and homeless care center based out of the Canadian city, has discovered the rewarding effects of teaching their residents about urban beekeeping.

Because of a now 4-year partnership with beekeeping company Alvéole, dozens of homeless Canadians have successfully reintegrated back into society thanks to the social and professional skills that they learned through the program.

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Over 60 hives across seven locations within the city are cared for…

Homeless Shelter Receives $10,000 Donation From Former Resident

A formerly homeless man has given the shelter that took him in a $10,000 donation.

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Officials with Thunder Bay’s Shelter House in northern Ontario say they were “floored” when a man gave $10,000 from a residential school settlement to the shelter’s street outreach program.

The man, who is a residential school survivor, donated the money to help his friends “stay safe”.

Staff member Alexandra Calderon told the BBC the man has been coming to the shelter for about five years. Although he is no longer homeless, the man is not wealthy and…

Homeless Hero Most Excited About New Glasses After Rescuing Trucker in Crash

Homeless man James Pocock is being hailed as a hero after he saved a trucker who suffered a heart attack while driving, causing him to crash into the side of the road.

James, who was camping out at his usual spot by interstate Exit 12 in Williston, Vermont, witnessed the moment when Paul Bristol succumbed to a heart attack and lost control of his vehicle. James leapt into action, pulling Paul out of the vehicle and reviving him with CPR.

Thanks to James’s quick thinking, Paul is alive and well today.

While James was honored by the local fire department for his heroic actions, Paul’s family friend Lynnea Bergevin Nicols went one step further and created a GoFundMe to raise money for James’s livelihood.

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When James was featured in the Burlington Free Press for his good deed, Lynnea recognized him as a homeless man whom she had bought new jeans for while Christmas shopping with her children. James had been standing on the side of the road with a tattered pair of jeans sign listing his measurements – and Lynnea had been more than happy to fulfill his request.

Now, after her crowdfunding page has already raised almost $15,000, the two are closer than ever.

The mom had never expected the campaign to receive such widespread support – especially since she had only set the goal for $2,000 after James made the news.

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Homeless Man Donates $10K to Shelter “to Make Sure His Friends Are Safe”

An anonymous homeless man is being hailed for donating $10,000 to a shelter in order to make sure that his friends are taken care of.

The donation, which came out of the man’s residential school settlement money, will be used to help fund the Shelter House’s Street Outreach Services (SOS) program in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The shelter’s development officer, Alexandra Calderon, says that the anonymous donor visited her office a few weeks ago with a support worker and presented her with the check.

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“I actually thought I had misread the cheque… I was floored. The support worker actually had tears in her eyes!” Calderon told CTV News.

When Calderon tried…

Woman Goes From Homelessness to Graduating Harvard

If you’re ever feeling dismal about your own circumstances, just take a little bit of inspiration from Norma Heath.

After losing her job several years ago, Norma became depressed and entered a downward spiral that left her homeless and drug addicted without any stability to finish school.

But then her prospects changed two years ago when she found Rosie’s Place – a women’s shelter in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Amazon’s New Seattle Campus Will Include A Homeless Shelter

In 2016, Amazon invited Mary’s Place, a non-profit that operates several homeless shelters, to settle into a former hotel that the company acquired in 2014.

In these days of chic office spaces with healthy juice bars, full-sized ferris wheels and slides that twirl three stories high, Amazon is doing something different.

The retail and tech giant has promised to turn more than 47,000 square feet of its new downtown Seattle headquarters into a permanent home for Mary’s Place, a nonprofit that operates several homeless shelters for women and families. The Amazon-sponsored Mary’s Place shelter will include 65 rooms, offering more than 200 homeless individuals a place to sleep every night.

The donated shelter space was announced as the city of Seattle is ramping up its own response to its growing homeless population, which caused the city to declare a state of emergency in 2015.

“Mary’s Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community,” Amazon CEO Jeff…

Man Homeless For 33 Years is Overjoyed to Take First Hot Shower in New Home

Rob Marriner had been homeless for 33 years – and he had not had a hot shower in over 10.

That all changed, however, when he moved into a cozy Sunnyvale, Auckland home in New Zealand earlier this week with a flatmate.

The 54-year-old had been living on the streets since 1984, restlessly sleeping in alleys, looking for food, and surviving how he could. But after working with Taniwha Tales, an organization that helps homeless people find their place in society, Rob finally has a home to call his own.

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According to Stuff New Zealand, Rob stood under the hot spray of the shower head until the water ran cold. Then, he…

Amazon to Include Homeless Shelter Inside New Building

The newest Amazon headquarters won’t just be the home of the best online shopping company – it will also be a shelter to 200 homeless women, children, and families.

The company announced yesterday that they will be dedicating 47,000 square feet of the new building to Mary’s Place – an organization that runs several homeless shelters in Washington.

“To have a permanent downtown Seattle location within Amazon is a game-changer for Mary’s Place and the families we serve,” said Marty Hartman, Executive Director of Mary’s Place. “We’ve loved being Amazon’s neighbor, and now the opportunity to move into…