Much has already been written about Willie Baronet. His story is the kind that makes ending homelessness a possibility. That's exactly why we thought he'd be a perfect match for the #whatishomecampaign.
What often keeps society from solving the homeless crisis in America is how intimidating the ugliness of the problem seems to be. There is little to no beauty found in the harsh and depressing picture that homelessness brings to mind. That's why as an artist living in Texas, Willie Baronet decided to change the problem by changing the picture.
"I can relate to feeling overwhelmed and uncomfortable about the issue for sure," Baronet told theroadbackhome.com when talking about his first encounters with homelessness. Listen to his story below as told on the stage at TEDxSMU, which gives creative minds a forum to share their groundbreaking ideas.
In "We Are All Homeless," Baronet has found that maybe what links us together isn't always "home," but the times we feel disconnected from it. Perhaps the hardships we face and conquer are the stronger ties that bind.
Since his talk (above), Baronet raised enough money to go on a cross country trip to meet our country's homeless population. His team stopped in 24 cities in 31days.
One of the most memorable signs he bought on that trip was from a man in Cincinnati. The sign, written in black magic marker, wished drivers a blessed day. But also on the sign, written in small red letters, was another message. "Sorry for being a bum."
"It's not us and them. It's just us," he has said. "I used to think they were different than I am and I think a lot of us are just one or two bad decisions from being in the same place."
In order to truly help one another, we must connect to each other. We've been saying here at theroadbackhome.com that this will happen when we can find the beauty in Homelessness. Who would've thought the beauty would be found in our pain? We are all human, so we are all homeless.