The Concept is Simple
To create a Blog for homeless individuals worldwide. Starting June 6th 2011, 1 Blog will be created for a homeless individual upon request for free. After speaking with a homeless person and learning what domain (mywebsitename.com) they would prefer, one will be purchased for them for $20. Then a WordPress Blog will be installed and hosted on a secured website hosting server provided by Bay Area Website Designer. After installation and setup of both the domain and hosting, the homeless person will choose from a selection of free WordPress themes. Finally, they will be shown on how easy it is to control and update their very own Blog.
The Reason is Simple
Having a Blog opens a world of possibilities – literally. Nowadays, our lives and our world is online. Giving a homeless individual a Blog enables them to improve, progress and change their lives. A Blog gives them a global voice to not only state to the world “I AM VISIBLE”, but also the therapeutic practice of venting their frustrations, networking with others locally and abroad, learning from and teaching others how to survive, and telling their raw stories to the world. Their Blog will be the place to host their resume, create and communicate with friends and family, showcase their passions whether it’s writing, drawing, handmade creations or even develop a barter network where they can trade items they find on the streets.
The #NoBoxBlogs Project doesn’t only deliver a free Blog to a homeless individual, but also office-like software (such as documents, spreadsheets and presentation software provided by Google Apps) behind the scenes in which only they can access. They can keep track of their contacts, brainstorming ideas, and other resourceful notes to help them improve and progress their current situation. Most importantly, they will also be provided an Email account such as email@example.com where potential employers, clients, friends and family can communicate with them. Their Blog will have a Contact page allowing anyone to Email them at anytime. And if they have a bank account, they have the option of adding a Donate button provided by PayPal, where anyone in the world can donate money to them and help them get back on their feet.
How do homeless people get online to Blog or Email?
Anyone can get online from almost anywhere at almost anytime. If a homeless person does not have a laptop or phone capable of getting online, they can take advantage of computer rooms provided by public libraries or colleges and universities. Thankfully, even some shelters, non-profits and coffee shops have computers accessible free of charge. If a homeless person does have a laptop or phone capable of getting online, they can use WiFi services made available for free at numerous public locations such as McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants; coffee shops such as Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee & Tea, public libraries, FedEx Office locations, Panera Bread Bakery, or befriend a local resident and use their public WiFi connection. This is only a small example!
Who started the #NoBoxBlogs Project?
Allow me to introduce myself – my name is JL Faverio and I run a small business called Bay Area Website Designer. Since 1996, I’ve been heading projects such as designing and developing websites, custom graphic design work such as logos and print media for small businesses, non-profits, authors, sports teams and more. I also give free lifetime support to all clients no matter their project because I appreciate them allowing me to turn my passion into my profession. Without my clients, I would not own a business, and I would not be capable of heading the #NoBoxBlogs Project.
I also used to be homeless myself, living out of my car in southern California from September 2010 to October 2013. I never had a Blog until 3 weeks after living in my car. I started it up to keep track of my progress as I aimed to better my life by saving as much money as possible, while continue to build my business from the ground up – literally. Before ‘Doing It Homeless’ I had a small handful of clients; today I have 100+ in 5 countries on 3 continents. So I can personally testify how much having a Blog can benefit a homeless person.
I’m currently using my own money to support the #NoBoxBlogs Project, but if you agree this simple concept can profoundly change real people’s lives, I encourage you to help support this not-for-profit project anyway you can. Whether it’s sharing this website with your friends and family or someone you think can help make a difference, or even donating as little as $1 via the Support The Project page. I am not a nonprofit organization, so I cannot offer you a tax write-off. I am simply offering you the chance to help support a simple idea that is proven to help homeless people worldwide in a unique way.
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