Debo and I first met as we were crossing the street in downtown Miami. I didn’t know he was homeless and he didn’t know about Invisible People. Debo stopped me and asked, “I hope you’re not offended but you remind me of Colonel Sanders.” I laughed and said I wish I had a secret chicken recipe that could make millions. We both laughed.
Debo says there are all kinds of stuff that can lead a person into homelessness and that no one is ever safe from falling into a life on the streets.
Debo has been on the streets homeless in Miami for eight years. Both he and his wife don’t smoke, drink or do drugs. The alley where they keep their tent, they keep clean. His wife is a former school teacher. She has been homeless for five years!
Debo and his wife have a strong faith in God. They believe God will provide all of their needs. Debo is super friendly. He tries his best to help other homeless people living in downtown Miami.
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About Invisible People
There is a direct correlation between what the general public perceives about homelessness and how it affects policy change. Most people blame homelessness on the person experiencing it instead of the increasing shortage of affordable housing, lack of employment, a living wage or the countless reasons that put a person at risk. This lack of understanding creates a dangerous cycle of misperception that leads to the inability to effectively address the root causes of homelessness.
We imagine a world where everyone has a place to call home. Each day, we work to fight homelessness by giving it a face while educating individuals about the systemic issues that contribute to its existence. Through storytelling, education, news, and activism, we are changing the narrative on homelessness.
This isn’t just talk. Each year, our groundbreaking educational content reaches more than a billion people across the globe. Our real and unfiltered stories of homelessness shatter stereotypes, demand attention and deliver a call-to-action that is being answered by governments, major brands, nonprofit organizations, and everyday citizens just like you.
However, there is more work to be done on the road ahead. Homelessness is undoubtedly one of our biggest societal issues today and will only continue to grow if we don’t take action now.
Invisible People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about homelessness through innovative storytelling, news, and advocacy. Since our launch in 2008, Invisible People has become a pioneer and trusted resource for inspiring action and raising awareness in support of advocacy, policy change and thoughtful dialogue around poverty in North America and the United Kingdom.
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