Thursday, July 31, 2014

Article in the Philadelphia Inquirer!

Thank you Jeff Gammage for this wonderful article. And for hanging out with us in Philly for a few magical hours.

Thanks to our Day Sponsor David Kiger (for all you do) and to Worldwide Express, our official shipping partner.


It's a Sign. You can read the article here.

Today is the last day of the cross country journey. Above are the signs we bought yesterday in New York. It was a good day. Today we package and ship our final shipment of signs and begin the process of saying goodbye to this phase of this project. But there is more to come!

Thanks to our Day Sponsor David Kiger (for all you do) and to Worldwide Express, our official shipping partner.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Magic in Baltimore

Me and Elli and Michelle in Baltimore. Elli sold me her sign that she used a year ago while living on the streets. She also sold me her mother's sign, her cousin's sign and 2 more. She is 17, from Romania, speaks 5 languages and is trying to go to school. Michelle is an angel who is trying to help her (along with fellow angel Patty). And I met both of them because of another angel,Kara, who is a dear friend of mine in Baltimore. 

It was a magical and powerful time in Baltimore.

Followed by an interesting time in Atlantic City, where we saw NOT ONE sign.

Followed by a great day in Philly, where we bought 8 signs (so far) and did an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer. And had some good conversations on the streets. And met a bartender who teaches his 8th graders about homelessness by having them interview a homeless person. His name was Dan, he served us dinner on a restaurant on a boat, which is apparently the only 4 masted sailing vessel on the planet. And the food was good.

Today we leave for New York, our final stop. I'm sad and happy and grateful and tired. And the Dream Team seems like they might be tired too. It ain't over yet, and it's been indescribable. More to come!

All posts on social media today are sponsored by Indiegogo donor Bob Lilly Jr., my friend with a big ole heart!

Monday, July 21, 2014

WKRC in Cincinnati - A full day of buying signs

WKRC in Cincinnati did this story last night about the project. It was a powerful and fulfilling day there of buying signs. Had so many meaningful conversations with the homeless that ranged from my telling some other Navy veterans about my brother Neal, who is in the Navy, to hearing one young man tell us he'd do anything (including prostituting himself) in order to get heroin. It's overwhelming to hear all these stories, and the best I can do sometimes is listen and try to send out some love in that way. It's heartbreaking on a regular basis, and the Dream Team (TimEamon, and Oli) and I have to work to take care of ourselves in this process as well. More and more it becomes clear how complex the problem of homelessness is, and how much help is needed. Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement, we read it to each other each day and it makes a difference. It's been hard to keep up with all the media, but we're sharing when we can, and will compile a complete list once the trip is over. Bought our first sign in Detroit right after arriving here last night. Will post a photo of it soon! Also ate Skyline Chili in Cincinnati, which is a thing. Thanks to Samantha Eve andJustin Bagley for their help in Cincinnati yesterday (and for the humor!).#weareallhomeless #grateful

Thursday, July 17, 2014

St. Paul Pioneer Press article by Richard Chin

Our trip continues to be full of wonderful encounters with so many people. Had good days in both Minneapolis and Milwaukee, and are now in Chicago! Wanted to share this article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, written by Richard Chin, who rode with us for a while as we bought signs. And special thanks to Scott Simmons and Margaret Mary Kelly for hanging with us and sharing about some of the work they do in the city. And extra special thanks to Tanya, who made an "almost" surprise visit to Chicago and bought 2 signs for us before we even arrived! It's a glorious day and I'm feeling #grateful#weareallhomeless

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Magical day in Omaha.

#weareallhomeless #homeless #omaha Had a beautiful conversation with Michael, a Vietnam vet who lost one leg to type 1 diabetes. He was with a group of Lakota who didn't want to be on camera, but who liked the project. And as we were leaving one of them said "all my relations" which is the one phrase I know in Lakota. Two of the signs we bought were drawn by Running Bear. It was a magical day. Again.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day 1: Seattle

First 3 signs of the trip! Seattle, day 1. Had a great interview with Real Change newspaper, and met Mike Johnson of the Seattle Union Gospel Mission. And met a homeless man from New Orleans! Fulfilling day. #weareallhomeless #waahctc