Kate & Eddie's #humanimpact

Back around 2010 when my kids were little, we went to a McDonalds near our home in Austin. As we were walking across the parking lot, an older, frail homeless man using a shopping cart as a walker passed at a snail's pace in front of us. We exchanged hello's. After he passed us, I turned back and said, "Do you want to come inside and have a hamburger with my family?" That question became one of the most important things I have ever done in my life.

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#humanimpact: Austin style

My then-fiance Margaret and I first met Robert last summer when I moved to downtown Austin. 

He sat on a bench in front of our apartment complex, smiling and waving to everyone who walked by. You would not have known he was homeless if not for his clothes and his bags. His friendly demeanor and smile drew us into easy conversation. 

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Farewell, Friends!

After what has felt like an incredibly short 9 months on The Human Impact team, I am sad to announce that I am already moving on to the next adventure. My significant other and I are moving to Omaha, where he got his dream job as a Great Ape Keeper at the Henry Doorly Zoo. We’ll also be a short two hours away from my family, which will be so welcome when our baby boy arrives in July! I wanted to share some reflections on my time here and how this work has impacted me. Here are just a few lessons I learned.

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Our Friend Rhonda

Our friend Rhonda is an alcoholic. She will tell you this herself a short time after meeting her. She has had a painful childhood, and the scars and wounds inflicted by others who should have protected her run deep. She copes with the pain through alcohol, and has for years.

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Principles of Our Work

The Human Impact exists to befriend the homeless and bridge the relational gap to change lives. Our work is about people, and when you work with people, each situation can be different; each journey an individual one. Things can be complicated, complex, messy, and confusing at times as we carry out our mission of befriending and bridging.

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Why Street Art?

Art — why make art on the streets with homeless people? Don’t people who are homeless have much bigger needs, like shelter, food, and clothes? Why make art? Last month I had the privilege to present in Miami at the American Art Therapy Association about this very question…

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A Time To Belong

As the holiday season approaches, many of us eagerly anticipate the joy and festivities ahead. It is a time of year often rooted in excitement and family tradition. At the same time, we are keenly aware that this time of year can also bring with it a sense of loss, sadness and loneliness for our friends on the street…

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You Met the Need! Vincent’s Story

This “meet the need” post is a bit unconventional in that our wonderful community of friends, volunteers, donors and supporters has already met this need. If you made it to our 5 Year Celebration on September 6, chances are you saw Vincent rocking a giant smile. We met Vincent on August 2, 2018, almost exactly one month after his right leg had been amputated just below the knee. But let’s rewind a bit…

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Street-Side Salon Recap: Fall 2018

I became close friends with Elisabeth Jordan as she sharpened the vision of The Human Impact and learned from first-hand experience what the people needed and what she, as the spearhead of The Human Impact, could do to provide a solution for basic needs. The need for community and long-term support network for people suffering from all kinds of illnesses was evident, as well as some more practical needs that could be provided through service or small donations.

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Want or Willing?

There is a common misperception that some people are homeless “because they want to be.” When people think this, it’s often because they’ve had a conversation with someone who is homeless in which that person has said, “I want to be out here. It’s my choice.”

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Reflections from Our Fellows, Pt 2

Our team had the privilege of working with 6 college-aged men who participated in the Dallas Fellows Program this summer. They came alongside us as we accomplish our mission of befriending the homeless and bridging the relational gap. This week, we’re sharing Zach Hughes’ reflections on working with The Human Impact team…

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