Although the world of Kev and Alice is virtual, it nonetheless brings a great insight into just some of the issues facing homeless people – where is it safe to sleep? Where’s my next meal coming from? How can I get clean? These are some of life’s basics that most of us take for granted: Kev and Alice show that not everyone is so fortunate. It’s not just practical issues that are reflected in the story: in Kev and Alice we see how the homeless are often ‘invisible’ – both literally and figuratively; the inconsistencies of caring, denial and hostility shown by strangers; how lack of self-esteem can destroy attempts at moving on; how family ties are often stronger than self-preservation.
Sadly the story of Kev and Alice is all too common: homelessness impacts on millions worldwide, in all cultures, economies and environments. But globally, charity workers and campaigners are striving to bring a change to the lives of those affected.
You can help the Kevs and Alices where you live, by supporting one of the organisations below.
- Jane Heeny, Jimmy’s Night Shelter
- Jimmy’s Night Shelter is a Cambridge-based charity open every night of the year, offering food, shelter, warmth, safety and community to up to 31 people who would otherwise be homeless.
- Homeless Not Hopeless enables homeless people to offer as well as receive help. They believe that homeless people are a massively untapped resource of skills, creativity, knowledge and experience able to contribute positively to their community.
- The Pavement is the free magazine for homeless people in London and Scotland. We are committed to publishing objective reportage, tailored to a homeless readership, and to publicising the complete range of services available to homeless people, to reduce hardship amongst our readers and to enable them to guide their future.
- Shelter (England / Scotland) is a UK charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.
- The Big Issue supports homeless and vulnerably housed people in the UK by giving them the opportunity to earn a legitimate income.
- Emmaus UK.
- Real Change works locally in Seattle to give homeless and vulnerably housed people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income.
- Project Home is a Philadelphia-based charity that helps to provide housing, community development, education and employment.
- Front Steps in Austin, Texas, USA.
- Western Center on Law and Poverty in California, USA.
- People Serving People in Minnesota, USA.
- The Women’s Community in Wisconsin, USA.
- Hale Kipa in Hawaii.
- Mission Australia.
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