We see them on the streets, caring their belongings and asking for money. The homeless situation here in Fresno has really unfolded. The homeless can be seen everywhere. No longer are they downtown, they have migrated up to the north end of Fresno where we haven’t really seen them before.
The first thing most people do when they see someone down on luck and out on the streets is feel sorry for them. We wonder how they got there, why they are on the streets, and how we could help. Many of us tend to pull out some money from our pockets and kindly give to them while we wait at the traffic light. I have given money to the homeless not knowing where it was going. Do you know where your money is going towards?
I was recently hired to create two promotional type videos regarding the homeless here in Fresno. Leadership Fresno, class 33 hired me and explained what their project was. They wanted a mini-documentary that explored the homeless situation here in Fresno. They wanted questions such as why they are homeless, what type of categories there were when it came to the homeless population, and how we as a society could help them. Does money truly hurt them? We spoke to many of the folks who work with the homeless population, and you will be amazed on what they said. Watch this video I produced for Leadership Fresno, and for more information please visit: www.realchangefresno.org
Shooting this mini-documentary was a real eye opener. As a Christian, you are told to give to others; however this type of giving seems to only make it worse for those who face homelessness.
Here is another great video that I shot and edited. The piece was written by Seth Scott, a member of the Leadership Fresno class of 33. Seth did a great job directing the talent. Very powerful words are spoken here.
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I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.