His name: Revolution MacInnes.
Hearing Rev’s story was inspiring. He used to be homeless, but found out how to get his needs met by using social media. He is no longer homeless, and has started an organization called “Small Things Matter”, in which he wants to use this same method to help others who are still homeless. In particular, he wants to accomplish this by identifying and helping those people whose situations would be improved if they had a small need met, hence the name of the organization. Eventually, he wants to add questions to the homeless shelter intake forms to identify these small, important needs as quickly as possible.
So what do we mean by a small need? Well, here’s an example. A man named Steve lost his glasses. His inability to see well lost him his job at a car washing business. In losing the job, Steve lost the ability to pay for housing, and ended up homeless. Rev helped him find the resources to get at a new pair of glasses, and Steve was able to both get his old job back and even get a second job working with animals. Those glasses, a relatively small need, made a big difference. And it’s those needs that Small Things Matter hopes to help with.
We’re using social media to increase awareness and find support (which means I actually had to bite the bullet and learn Twitter). But through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and WordPress, the organization has been growing like crazy.
And watching that process has been such an experience.
Rev, Bri (the other intern), and I bring our laptops to a local Starbucks and do our internet-based work together. Now Rev, being a very sociable guy, is not afraid to talk to people sitting around us. Through simply talking to people, he’s found contacts. He’s found other people who are trying to start their own organizations, he’s found computer programmers, and life coaches. In addition, Small Things Matter has connections to cosmetologists, professors, and psychologists. And then there’s the two therapists in training (Bri and me).
So we’ve got this hodgepodge of people with seemingly non-related professions. What good is this? You’ll be amazed. Working with Small Things Matter has taught me an inspiring lesson: anyone can make a difference. Even I, an awkward psychology student with no clinical experience, can do something to help by offering my modest research skills. We’ve been receiving help with our website, support/advice for our research, ideas for fundraisers, and the list keeps growing. People willing to help the homeless in their own way are lending their talents, gifts, and abilities to aid in the cause. It’s this teamwork that is helping this non-profit organization gain more momentum.
So hopefully this has grabbed your attention. Wanna donate your time and talents to helping the homeless? Got ideas or insight? Maybe you’ve got a few bucks you want to give? Heck, perhaps you’re just curious. For more information about Small Things Matter, go to: http://smallthingsmatter.org/.
Thank you for reading! God bless!