Possibly the most unique homeless story I have ever come across.

I met Bill and Tree this past summer in San Francisco. Because their story is so different, and possibly the most unique homeless story I have ever come across, I waited until the right time to share. Often I hear stories that are hard to imagine. Most of them are filled with pain and suffering. Bill and Tree’s story is not like that at all. It’s more of a happy story of two people who met each other and now are world-travelers.

Occasionally I’ll hear a story that seems like a “tall tale”, yet I must always keep in mind my own story: when I was on the streets of Hollywood and told people I worked in television, they probably didn’t believe me, but I did play a direct role in making sure the world received Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and many others syndicated TV shows.

Let’s see if you can follow along! Bill and Tree have a house in Mexico, but had to travel north for a social security appointment. They cannot afford decent hotels, and low-cost hotels are nasty, so they live out on the streets instead. Tree was married for many years, but then ending up on the streets. She met Bill in Miami, where Bill and a congresswoman helped Tree get her passport, and the two have been traveling ever since.

This really is a wonderful love story of two people who met while homeless, and give their all to make their life as best as it can be. When you hear Tree’s response to Bill’s third wish you just cannot help but smile.


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Since its launch in November 2008, Invisible People has leveraged the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share the compelling, gritty, and unfiltered stories of homeless people from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The vlog (video blog) gets up close and personal with veterans, mothers, children, layoff victims and others who have been forced onto the streets by a variety of circumstances. Each week, they’re on InvisiblePeople.tv, and high traffic sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, proving to a global audience that while they may often be ignored, they are far from invisible.

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