Emotional Story of Homelessness and Our Need for Purpose – Saige
Invisible People | by Mark Horvath | October 6, 2021
Saige doesn’t look homeless. When I handed her a pair of socks, I was actually sure that she was. What happened next totally shocked me. When I gave Saige my business card, she burst into tears. They were happy tears. Turns out she watches this channel and is grateful that we give homeless people a voice. Near the end of the interview, Saige talks about her vision of starting her own YouTube channel, which you can find here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo-k…
Saige’s story is an emotional tale of traveling, trauma, depression, survival, and our human need for purpose. The importance of purpose is not talked about enough. I started this channel to give myself a reason to get up in the morning. People need a reason to live. Often, homeless services ignore the power of purpose, which to be honest, I am not sure there is a specific solution since purpose is different for everyone.
After college, Saige backpacked around the world. It was an adventure. She saw new places and stayed with new people. Then she faced significant trauma and everything changed. When she was traveling, Saige was nomadic, which is different than being homeless. Saige told me that what changed is tried to improve her living situation with no results. That’s when Saige finally accepted that she was homeless.
Saige is a strong woman with lots of emotions. It’s important to her that she works her own way out of homelessness. I think most of us can relate. We hate asking for help. Saige is determined to find a purpose to help her get out of homelessness. As you’ll hear me say in this interview, we all need to accept help from time to time. My hope and prayers are that Saige will find the support and purpose she seeks.
There is a direct correlation between what the general public perceives about homelessness and how it affects policy change. Most people blame homelessness on the person experiencing it instead of the increasing shortage of affordable housing, lack of employment, childhood trauma, lack of a living wage, or the countless reasons that put a person at risk. This lack of understanding creates a dangerous cycle of misperception that leads to the inability to effectively address the root causes of homelessness.
We imagine a world where everyone has a place to call home. Each day, we work to fight homelessness by giving it a face while educating individuals about the systemic issues that contribute to its existence. Through storytelling, education, news, and activism, we are changing the narrative on homelessness.
This isn’t just talk. Each year, our groundbreaking educational content reaches more than a billion people across the globe. Our real and unfiltered stories of homelessness shatter stereotypes, demand attention and deliver a call-to-action that is being answered by governments, major brands, nonprofit organizations, and everyday citizens just like you.
However, there is more work to be done on the road ahead. Homelessness is undoubtedly one of our biggest societal issues today and will only continue to grow if we don’t take action now.
Invisible People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about homelessness through innovative storytelling, news, and advocacy. Since our launch in 2008, Invisible People has become a pioneer and trusted resource for inspiring action and raising awareness in support of advocacy, policy change and thoughtful dialogue around poverty in North America and the United Kingdom.