“Every person should have the opportunity for redemption. Every human being should have the opportunity to be forgiven. If they’ve made mistakes in their past, that should not define the rest of their life.” — Amber Fogarty
On the surface, you might think that housing would solve homelessness. However, it’s not that simple. A village on the outskirts of Austin, Texas was founded with the belief that the community will solve homelessness. This ‘Community First Village’ currently houses 200 paying tenants who are no longer chronically homeless; they will house 1,000 formerly homeless tenants in the next 10 years, which would reduce the Austin homeless population by half.
The Mobile Loaves and Fishes community approach is working, but how is this possible? Hear the full story on iTunes and Spotify
Check out the show notes below 🙂
In This Episode, You Will Learn
How Amber defines goodness
What to do when you encounter homeless people on the street
A common cause for homelessness: the catastrophic loss of family
Housing alone will never solve homelessness, the community will
What holds people back from sharing their talent
How to encourage people to serve others
The fundraising philosophy of heart over pocket
Amber believes that human beings have two inherent needs/desires:
Photos from Mobile Loaves and Fishes interview and visit.
About the Author
Jared Polivka’s mission is to serve others while living a light-hearted, present, empathetic and responsible life. Jared serves nonprofits working at Donorbox.org and he teaches storytelling and empathetic communication skills to technology organizations, universities and non-profits through The Joy of Improv. If you have a team offsite or need professional development training, reach out to the Joy of Improv.
Jared Polivka’s mission is to serve others while living a light-hearted, present, empathetic and responsible life. Jared serves non-profits at Donorbox.org, teaches at The Joy of Improv and advises various startup founders and organizations.