As a professional service provider, a nationally recognized expert on issues of homelessness, and as a person with 40 years of lived experience involving substance misuse, mental illness and chronic homelessness, I know firsthand the challenges facing those experiencing homelessness as well as those facing service providers and advocates. I currently work as a Deputy Project Director on a major project seeking to bring Recover y Supports to scale. I have had the distinct pleasure to work with Mark Horvath/Invisible People first hand while working as a veteran services coordinator for Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc., as well as having watched Mark give tirelessly his time, energy and commitment to Invisible People. This is a top quality non-profit that is committed to raising awareness, improving the lives of those experiencing homelessness and ensuring voices that would otherwise remain silent and disenfranchised get heard, loudly, clearly and regularly. Working in this arena brings with it special challenges, from individuals to organizations, and Invisible People takes these challenges in stride, working tirelessly in the face of adversity and the occasional disgruntled voice while doing so on a shoestring. Invisible People has broken new ground in the field of homeless services and the commitment to those the organization serves is beyond reproach. If you're seeking to support cutting edge advocacy working to end homelessness, look no farther than Invisible People. Help them provide voices and faces to the individuals in our communities that most of us have either forgotten, ignore, or have written off for good.
I had the pleasure of working with and supporting Mark through my employer, General Motors. Mark is one of the most selfless, hard working, dedicated and caring individuals I've ever known. Because he has been there himself, he conducts his efforts with the utmost dignity and respect to those he's trying to help. Many of us talk about wanting to make a difference - Mark is out there every day actually doing it. He has our continued support.
Mark Horvath is the real thing - no question. I've seen few people give up their own careers to pursue something this important. I've known about his work for years, and I've supported his work and will continue to help him any way I can. If you're thinking about giving to Mark's outreach to the homeless, rest assured that your money will be put to a great cause.