Last week, I had a very good volunteer experience though San Francisco Evening Rotary. The presenter at the meeting was Kevin F. Adler, the Executive Producer at Homeless GoPro.
Homeless GoPro is an organization that was founded in San Francisco. The project asks homeless people to wear GoPro to capture the people’s lives as they are. The purpose of this is to create empathy – understanding and shearing the feelings of a person with homelessness.
San Francisco has a large homeless population, I heard from several people. In fact, I see them almost everyday when I go outside my house.
They look suffered experiencing hunger, injury and unhygienic condition. Seeing suffered people yet doing nothing for them will be difficult for many people, not only me.
I have asked myself that ‘is there anything I can do?’ ‘Shouldn’t I do anything to be safe?’ There has been no clear answer. So I decided to do this volunteer at Homeless GoPro hoping to understand them better.
The homeless man we interviewed at the day was very cooperative person willing to talk his story hoping this helps another person.
I am a veteran. I served for more than 15 years. I have seizures since I was injured in combat when a bomb hit near me. I stayed at an apartment until missing a deadline for paying rent. And now I have been homeless for 1 year.
San Francisco General Hospital helped him a lot too, he said. ‘They helped my seizure, but also, the stuffs there were so kind and humanistic.’
The most impressive words from him was:
People see me like I am a garbage, which hurts me.
Through this experience, it becomes a bit easier for m to check in with people on the street.
San Francisco, CA