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This Homeless Man’s Beautiful Piano Skills Made Him A Star

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Ryan Arcand has been homeless for 30 years. When Roslyn Polard of Edmonton, Canada came upon him playing an outdoor piano in town, she knew she was witnessing something special and pulled out her phone to record the moment. Polard told her that he’d written the piece and that nobody taught him to play music. In the days since the video was posted last month, it’s attracted attention from millions of viewers. However, little was known about Arcand or his story. When CBC News crews set out to find him, it took them three days to track him down. Keep reading »

Homeless Army Veteran Gets A Life-Changing Makeover

Homeless veteran Jim Wolf gets a life-changing makeover

Look, this might sound terrible, but I’ve got to say it: this time-lapse video of a homeless U.S. Army veteran’s voluntary aesthetic transformation makes the case for vanity if there ever was one. Jim Wolf has struggled with alcoholism since leaving the service and has found himself, like many others like him, without a home. This is where Dégagé Ministries of Grand Rapids, MI comes in. The church-funded non-profit shelter for the homeless and disadvantaged collaborated with Design 1 Salon & Spa and Rob Bliss Creative to clean Jim up real nice and show people — and most of all, Jim — that beneath the scruff and the patina of rough living, he is still a respectable man deserving of a better life. With a shave, a haircut (and color!), and a sharp new suit, Jim liked what he saw when he looked in the mirror. And you know what he did? Post-makeover, he started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for the first time ever, and he’s now scheduled to move in to his own housing. Looking good isn’t always enough to make you feel good, but sometimes, when you’re at your lowest point, it can be the first step to lifting your spirits and reminding you of your own worth. [Buzzfeed]

Boise’s Homeless Population Now Legally Required To Be Nice

Boise's Homeless Now Legally Required To Be Nice

Last night, Boise city council passed an ordinance that will force its homeless to be friendlier when asking you for spare change. The new legislation, which goes into effect on January 2, will make it illegal to solicit for money in certain areas of the city. People will still be allowed to panhandle — but only at sidewalk cafes, ATMs and in roadways. In addition, the ordinance specifies that panhandlers must not be “overly aggressive.” What does that mean exactly? Keep reading »

In Sweden, You Can Pay To Pretend To Be Homeless For The Night

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You’ve always wanted to know what it would be like to be homeless, right? (No, not at all). Wouldn’t you like to pay for the privilege of pretending to be homeless for the night? (No, not really). Faktum Hotel, in Gothenberg, Sweden, will give you the opportunity. For just $10, you can get to be a real live homeless person. (Okay). Says the “room” description: “Feel the city’s pulse from dawn to dusk at Gullbergsvass. This delightful dwelling is just a stroll from the romantic Dreamer’s Quay: a source of inspiration to musicians and artists alike. And all under the noble eye of the Skansen Lion from his centuries old fortress.” Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On SXSW’s “Homeless Hotspots” And Trolling For Charity

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BBH, the same ad agency behind Axe body spray’s noxiously viral campaigns, have hit the streets of massive internet partyapocalypse South by Southwest this week – well, actually, they haven’t hit any such streets. But they have outfitted 10 homeless men with 4G wireless devices and T-shirts stating “I Am a Homeless Hotspot.” Internerds struggling for web connectivity are prompted to tip the men $2 for each 15 minutes of access. That’s just enough time to refresh your own Twitter mentions and stew in your own complicity in what now passes for charity. Keep reading »

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