This story is so emotional that I had to ask @kblakeway permission to reblog this. There are three parts. This is the first one.
Beyond HELLO (Helping Everyone Locate Loved Ones).
Five years ago, my students and I began Project H.E.L.L.O. (Helping Everyone Locate Loved Ones). Each year at Christmas and Mothers’ Day we head to the streets of the Downtown Eastside and invite the homeless to reach out and re-connect with friends or family who they may have lost touch with by sending one of our handmade greeting cards. We then return to the schools and use the internet and phones to search for families. To date, we have successfully connected over 300 homeless people with loved ones through cards, phone calls and a special face to face reunion.
The experience has been life changing, as we have gained so much more than we have given. We have experienced many moments we will never forget, when the rough edges of the Eastside dissipate for a minute, and individuals search their soul to find just the right words to say to…
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