Poverty Is Not an Accident

Poverty Is Not an Accident
Nelson Mandela

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yes, homeless folk have internet

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I do. And these fools online who say, "Well, you can afford INTERNET!" as if internet was a luxury item, like a Rolex or a Porche? Please. My internet went out today. I freaked out. It's my only access to the outside world. I can shop, research what I need to survive, have some social contacts, be useful in the world and sometimes even earn a little money. Without it, I'd be in total isolation, unable to shop for supplies and without the world's largest library. I can't get to the little library here; it's seven miles away and i have no car.


Uploaded by UnculturedProject on Mar 24, 2011

"We're like anybody else - the only difference is that we don't have a home" - Eric Sheptock

This is the story of my trip to Washington DC, where I got to visit America's largest homeless shelter. There I got to meet Eric Sheptock. He's an advocate for the homeless and he uses social media to advance his cause. What's amazing is he does this all even though he is homeless himself.

Eric also pointed me towards the DC Central Kitchen where I got to meet the founder Robert Egger. The DC Central Kitchen produces about 5,000 meals a day. They do this by picking up unserved (but safe) food and redistributes them to those in need. They also try and make sure each meal is nutritionally balanced.

What surprised me is that Robert Egger and Eric Sheptock weren't using this as an opportunity to plea for donations. They just wanted their story told - so that's exactly what happened.

Special Thanks To:

Microsoft (Airfare to DC and Scholarship for NTEN)
( http://www.microsoft.com/About/CorporateCitizenship )

NTEN (Arranged Everything with the Shelter)
( http://www.nten.org )

Mark Horvath (Introduced Me to Eric Sheptock)
( http://www.invisiblepeople.tv )

Beth Kanter (Helped Me Get Involved With This)
( http://www.bethkanter.org )

Eric Sheptock
( http://www.ericsheptock.com )

Elgato Systems (Equipment Sponsor)
( http://www.elgato.com )

Operating & Equipment Fund Donors
( http://www.uncultured.com/donations/operatingfund )

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