32,494. That’s the number of homeless students in Washington. Taylor Henson is the voice. After Taylor’s mom left the military, their family ended up homeless. Listen to Taylor describe the stress and depression that he faced as a homeless student, and the life-changing joy that he found in photography. Then read what you can do to help create opportunities for families to live in safe, affordable homes.
Monthly Archives: March 2015
I’m an Advocate — and an Activist: Amanda M. Vail
"It’s the small, meaningful conversations we have person to person that create societal change." Writer and activist Amanda M. Vail shares how she advocates for causes that matter to her in this inspiring post.
Culture Watch: Inside the Epidemic of Veteran Suicide With “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
The Oscar-winning documentary "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1" really hit home for guest blogger Perry Firth. She was once a responder at a local crisis line, and the film brought back memories of the people she spoke with who were contemplating taking their own lives. In this moving post, she reflects on the film, what she learned as a crisis responder, and the connections between military service, suicide and homelessness.
Policy Matters: The Fair Tenant Screening Act Could Save Someone’s Life
Jen Haynes from YWCA of Spokane shares how the Fair Tenant Screening Act, a bill that is pending at the state legislature, would help domestic violence survivors get into safe housing.
Spark Change Podcast Episode 14: “Finding Our Way”
We give background on how the "Finding Our Way" storytelling project was conceived and executed, including details about the participant recruiting process and our “listening parties.” We also walk you through the new StoryCorps section of our website, explaining features of the public page’s edited stories, and offering a sneak peek at the raw story archive, which is still under construction but will soon be available for advocacy partners to access.