Ending homelessness is a lofty goal for the Kindling Group, a team working towards solutions for critical social issues. Social Workers aspire to provide safe shelter and resources for vulnerable populations. The @home game may be a way to combine advocacy, awareness, and fundraising all in one app for the smart phone. The premise is that people in their own areas can help to solve homelessness.
GPS identifies where you are and how many people experiencing homelessness are in your area. The game has items for you to find (pillow, cup, etc.) to collect for a homeless move in kit. Move in kits can be purchased in actual life through social media or the game. The game gives you an area to find. Once the participant finds the area, they lift up a phone to the scenery and a video interview of someone experiencing homelessness is superimposed on their smart phone. A vulnerability chart lets the user identify how at risk the person in the video is and then post to social media how he can be helped. The game also moves you to areas where the homeless may live or even a shelter in your area.
14. Find transportation, not your own, to your local VA hospital for services. Arrive at the VA hospital at 8 am sharp.
17. Go through your neighborhood garbage cans looking for aluminum cans, take them to the recycling plant in your area for money, on a bicycle.
Written By Ellen Belluomini, LCSW
App to Experience Homelessness was originally published @ Bridging the Digital Divide in Social Work Practice and has been syndicated with permission.