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.
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.
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.
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.
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!