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InvisiblePeople.tv Hits the Road
4 years ago

http://homelessness.change.org/blog/view/30_cities_11000_miles_75_days_invisiblepeopletv_hits_the_road

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30 cities, 11,000 miles, 75 days

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Summer is in full swing, marking the perfect time for the classic American road trip.

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Just ask Change.org blogger Mark Horvath. As part of a project for InvisibePeople.tv, Mark's embarking on a summer road trip that will span 30 cities, 11,000 miles, and 75 days.

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But this is no typical road trip, and Mark is no ordinary blogger. He's a formerly homeless marketing executive whose trip is part of a documentary to capture the stories of those who are homeless and living in shelters, tent cities, or on the streets across America.

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Stories like Sergei in Salt Lake City, who was kicked out of his mom's house on his 18th birthday to spend his first night alone on the streets.

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Or like Jeremy and Alicia, who were promised employment to help escape the cycle of poverty, but were recruited into a labor trafficking scheme by an organization that exploits low income youth. They were then dumped on the streets of Denver.

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Or like Barry, who in order to avoid the scorching summer heat in Las Vegas, lives in one of the massive storm drains underneath the city. His dream? To one day get out of the dark Vegas tunnels, and attend culinary school to become a chef.

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There are millions of these stories across the country, a number growing each day with ongoing joblessness. Most of these stories go untold. But by capturing some of them on film, Mark is helping to expose the tragic reality of homelessness in America, to humanize its victims, and to raise awareness about the importance of giving people a hand up out of poverty.

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To find out how you can help Mark's work, click here. To make a donation, go here.

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