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.
Invisible People is perhaps the most effective nonprofit group in showing the true faces of homelessness. Through innovative use of social media, founder Mark Horwath takes us on a journey of discovery. He compells people to listen, empathize & eliminate prejudices, not allowing us to look the other way. Mark, along with his volunteers, uses his experience to act on their behalf & be the voice of those in need.
Homeless has a name, a face, a voice—and a story.
Since their launch in 2008, with just $45, a camera, and a laptop, Invisible People ) has leveraged the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share the unfiltered truths that shape the realities of millions of homeless Americans, many of them children. Mark Horvath has become a nationally recognized activist, ambassador and hero for the millions of individuals and families who reside in shelters, motels, and tents along the streets and under highway bridges across the country.
Invisible People works to change perceptions of homelessness through education and the telling of the raw and unedited personal stories of homelessness through one story at a time. Founder Mark Horvath gathers these videos through the Invisible People “Road Tour,” traveling to cities around the country to meet and interview the homeless. These unedited videos shatter the stereotypes of America’s homeless, force shifts in perception, and deliver a call to action. Only through dialogue can we change homelessness policy in America.
Invisible People’s work has seen direct results. After the Road Trip visited Fayetteville, Arkansas, the mayor started an affordable housing program, a local restaurant launched a feeding program, and a farmer donated 40 acres. In Baton Rouge, the local TV channel did a report on Invisible People and the homeless in the city. The report highlighted the story of 50 homeless children who did not have shoes. Within an hour of the report, a donor supplied the shoes.
An amazing organization doing vital work.
Mark Horvath and Invisible People fill a critical gap in homeless services. I lead the implementation of Canada's first plan to end homelessness & have learned how critically important it is for us to hear the voices and stories of our invisible people - they are the experts in their own lves and ending their homelessness. Invisible people gives people without homes voice and power. Invisible people has also been extremely helpful in building a national movement to end homelessness in Canada by showing Canada the un-natural disaster of homelessness that afflicts thousands of their fellow citizens
Mark and Invisible People are just getting started, and they've already accomplished so much. Mark uses media to shine a light on the problem of Homelessness here in North America. He has directly inspired many cities and towns to take action and create programs to help their homeless population. Invisible People follows his lead by offering solutions for homeless people that want access to email, voicemail and other tech tools at http://wearevisible.com The purpose of IP is also the payoff. Mark Inspires people to action, The org gives voice to the voiceless. I'm very proud to know Mark, and to be on his team.
Mark Horvath works tirelessly to change perceptions and encourage compassion and dignity for all people experiencing homelessness. He and his organization are deeply and personally committed to making real change happen by first and foremost putting a name and face to those “invisible people” struggling with no permanent home. His work is a critical part of a movement of people and organizations that are committed to solving this crisis.
An amazing nonprofit dedicated to changing the way we think about and understand homelessness and the people experiencing it. The stories InvisiblePeople shares are a reminder that we are all human, all have a story to tell, basic needs to be met, and we all need a little help at some time or another. It's easy to turn away from a stranger on the street, not so easy when you're reminded of the fact that the stranger is person like you. I've yet to come across another space where the stories of homelessness and people experiencing homelessness are so honestly told. InvisblePeople is raising awareness in the most honest and direct way possible-- which is why I volunteer for the org. I also spend my time on InvisiblePeople work because I know that sharing these stories empowers the people telling them- and others experiencing homelessness (seen it!) and very much appreciate the fact that, while changing large scale awareness of homelessness and working to end homelessness altogether Mark Horvath/ InvisiblePeople meets the immediate needs of people on the streets, whenever he gets the chance. - buying shoes, sleeping bags, and even pulling money out of his wallet to buy gas for a homeless single mother. We could all learn a few things from this organization and it's founder.
InvisiblePeople.tv is a spirit journey for its founder Mark Horvath. Through Mark's skill set and talents; and above all his passion for the humane in humanity, InvisiblePeople.tv has been a landmark, responsible for calling attention to the people who are labeled homeless.
Mark is a repository of knowledge on the issues of homelessness. Through InvisiblePeople.tv he brings us the visions, realities, and dreams of people without homes.
I have the unparallelled experience to have begun as one of Mark's clients, became a volunteer for his foundations and then turned him into a friend.
This is not unusual for Mark, for he is the type of person who makes friends everywhere. He continues daily to make associations and learn from everyone he meets, from clients to service providers.
I, on the other hand, being a survivor of abuse, homelessness, and other things rarely make close friends with anyone, and when I do it is with great caution.
If you want to extend your knowledge of homelessness -- if you want to find a way in which you can make a difference in the world by transforming homelessness, I point you in the direction of Mark Horvath and InvisiblePeople.tv
If you seek corroboration of my words, then by all means, view the following:
Go to January 2011 archives on http://www.invisiblepeople.tv -- look for RD. That is me.
"Homeless turn to Twitter for food, shelter" by Michael Cary, CNN The picture you see in the upper right hand corner is me, volunteering for Mark Horvath in my capacity as an IT trainer, after I was housed.
We Are Visible -- Mark and I share the stage at the #140conf in Los Angeles, before I was housed.
This is a tangible effect on my life, being housed -- that came about because of InvisiblePeople.tv.
I continue to volunteer and speak on behalf of InvisiblePeople.tv
InvisiblePeople.tv is well worth your time to explore -- the worst you will come away with is leads to more information on transforming homelessness. The best you can come away with? Knowledge, awareness, and a new friend.
also known as @LostAwareness
Invisible People fills a very glaring void in the world of homeless services. People who do not have permanent homes are often treated without the basic dignity that all humans deserve. By telling the stories of people who are currently homeless, Invisible People gives a face and a voice to an issue, making homelessness something we can all relate to. As an employee of the National Coalition for the Homeless, we are proud to count Mark and everyone at Invisible People as partners in our mission to end homelessness.
I first met Mark after seeing how he brought the issue of homelessness to light via social media -- a first. After reaching out to see how I could help, Mark took me to a tent city in Seattle and to skid row in downtown LA to see for myself how really good people have ended up on the street. It was through Mark's compassion that I started to not only understand more about homelessness, but also share ways in which we could help our friends in need. Thank you Mark for being an inspiration and spreading the word that we're all human and in need of love.
It is truly remarkable and inspiring what Mark is doing through Invisible People. His passion and tenacity of bringing real help and solutions to the homeless community is inspiring. Mark isn't just a "manager" of his non-profit but lives out the values and mission on a daily basis. He is the real deal and his expertise and insights are ooze with credibility. I am a huge fan and supporter of this great work.
Been living in my van going on 3 years now. I find annoyance and frustration with so called "Advocacy Groups" who Tweet, Post, Have "awareness" events...Black Tie...yadda, yadda, yadda. Much air, little action! I found Mark via HuffPo and some vide he posted there. He and I began communicating, and ultimately he came here to see me. The video of me he posted has had some great promise for me. Mark is "Boots On The Ground" in what he does for the displaced....especially those suffering the most. His work is well worth supporting and I hope, in some small way, my speaking out helps to that end.
I met Mark at SXSWi last year and was captivated by the way he tells the stories of homeless people through video. He has dramatically enhanced my understanding of and compassion for the human beings among us who are homeless. Some people don't get Mark or don't like him because he doesn't play politics and has no patience for unnecessary complexity when it gets in the way of helping people. To him, it should be simple. Americans shouldn't be living on the streets and starving. How can anyone argue with that? ... The last thing I'll say is this, the other day, my eight year old son said something to me that I didn't realize I had taught him. As we were sitting at a stoplight looking at a man holding up a cardboard sign, my son said, "Mom, even if we can't give that man anything, we can still look at him and acknowledge him. Nobody does that and it's sad." That's all Mark.
This is a terrific organization that does a phenomenal job calling attention to the plight of the homeless, and Mark Horvath runs it on a shoestring. If you care about shining the light on the homeless and spurring people to action on the issue, it's a great nonprofit to support.
The impact that Mark, and Invisible People, has made on my life is absolutely immeasurable. I'm homeless myself, and it was Marks story that inspired me to not just be able to help myself, but to help others around me. I've had the pleasure to join him at the Social Media Strategies Summit, and even get to speak a bit and tell my story. I've also had the honor of bringing food, clothing, and supplies to those on the streets directly.People like Mark, and InvisblePeople, provide a human aspect to front line work.
The work that Invisible People does is tireless, thankless, and often unappreciated. But what it really does, is change lives. It's only a matter of time until the system is fixed, and invisible people will be one of the reasons it does. Keep fighting the good fight. Keep doing work that matters. Keep going, what you do is making the world a better place, one pair of socks at a time.
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.
Invisible People is one of the few nonprofits I consistently volunteer for and donate to. The reason why is that after personally meeting Marc a few times, any doubt about his sincerity vanished (not that there was any to begin with). It's rare when someone will sacrifice so much of his life for a cause greater than themselves. Marc is such a person. The real deal!
Invisible People is a nonprofit that changes how people think about the issue of homelessness and inspires them to take action to make a difference. Its founder, Mark Horvath, works tirelessly to help as many people as he can - individually and collectively. His approach is a model for how to get people to care about an issue through personal stories and building a community via social media.
Mark Horvath embodies human care. He has sacrificially lived life to tell the stories of so many who find themselves homeless. Invisible People is a great organization striving to create intelligent change in order to end homelessness in collaboration with many of its partner organizations and agencies.
Mark Horvath is one of the most genuine people I have had the honor to know in more than 18 years of nonprofit work. He spends his days helping the people most people don't remember - our homeless friends. Not only does he sacrifice his time, he devotes his life to this cause. He travels the US and Canada "on a wish and a prayer", as they say, filming the heart-wrenching tales of real, live, honest, homeless people - to help us all understand the who, what, when, where, why, and how. I can't imagine anyone more adept at telling the real story as it is, in order to bring change. Kudos, Mark.