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The message or the method?
It's a lot like the age-old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Only in this case, it's a question of which is more important, the medium or the message. What we have to say is important. But how we say it, is equally as important--sometimes, even more so. Getting people to listen is the first critical step in beginning to bring about change.
We realize that homelessness isn't necessarily a rosy topic for discussions. But it needs to be discussed. Myths need to be dispelled. Stereotypes need to be broken down. And the harsh reality of homelessness needs to be understood by everyone. So we'll utilize a variety of methods and media to deliver our message, some which may appear a bit unconventional. But as long as people are getting our message, that's all that matters.
About the poem
Our 2021 fall awareness campaign was inspired by and is based on a special poem written by Denver writer and poet David Sevick entitled, Life on The Street. The poem chronicles the journey of one man facing the shock of suddenly being homeless as he tries to acclimate to this strange, new life. The piece is based on the real-life story of a man named Carl who was homeless for two years before taking advantage of an opportunity to reclaim his former life.
The poem is represented in three parts: part one, How and Why; part two, Adjusting and Acclimating; and part three, The Importance of Hope. We will release parts two and three in the coming weeks as the campaign evolves.