In my younger years, when little girls are expected to play with Barbie dolls and chase the neighborhood boys around, I had other interests that may have raised some concerns. I was constantly curious about the homeless and how life on the streets worked. I never understood the concept of someone only having the concrete to call home and I was determined to understand why. I have always believed that understanding someone’s story can completely alter the way we look at the individual. As time went on, my interest had never changed. Upon my anxious arrival to Grand Canyon University, I felt this overwhelming support to follow my passion. Even if others didn’t understand it, I made it my mission to change their perspective of individuals who are homeless. In October of 2016, I started Can You Spare A Story in my freshman dorm room. With a camera and notepad in hand, I went out to speak with members of the homeless population to find out who they are and what I can do to help them be who they aspire to be.

Can You Spare A Story started simply as a blog to end the negative stigma attached to the homeless population by providing their real-life stories right at your fingertips. Can You Spare A Story is more than just interviews with the homeless, it’s making genuine connections with those who are normally overlooked by the general public. I have met dreamers, creators, mothers, fathers, veterans, singers, and just about everyone you can imagine. The truth is, they are all just like you and me. As more followers joined our blog, Can You Spare A Story saw an opportunity to truly change the relationship between the average and the homeless individual. With help from the Can You Spare A Story family (our volunteers & readers) and my friends who are homeless, we became an official 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization in the summer of 2017.

As Can You Spare A Story continues to grow, so does my passion for the homeless community. A passion project has nothing to do with the individual who runs it, but everything to do with those who are so deeply influenced they feel the need to hop on board. Our organization works tirelessly to provide our readers with understanding and our homeless clients with the feeling of individuality once again. To tell you my story, I must tell you theirs. I encourage you to think of our stories the next time you see someone begging on the street. A wise homeless man once told me, “Accept me as I am, not as I look.”

Welcome to the story,

Sydney


600,000+ People Are Homeless Any Given Night



1:4 Of The Homeless Are Children



57,000+ Homeless Are Veterans



1:5 Homeless Suffer From Untreated Severe Mental Illness