Thanks Mashaun D. Simon for writing a piece about the Dignity Museum for Duke University’s Faith & Leadership. We’re grateful the immersion experience is still having an impact on people’s perceptions of those in poverty locally and nationally.
You can check out the full article by clicking [HERE]
For almost six years, we have walked closely with people experiencing homelessness and poverty.
We have seen people get employment, restore relationships with loved ones, find help during depression, secure housing, receive acceptance in community, and come to faith.
As we approach 2020, we are planning to launch our largest campaign that echos the message in this video.
Thank you to those of you that have supported us this far and we can’t wait to share what is next.
We are looking forward to hosting a team from Chick-fil-A Corporate in a few weeks!
We were asked by Chick-fil-A to lead a group of 30 engineers through a service learning day to learn more about poverty, and the team will experience a full day of serving opportunities and education.
Our hope for this time is that each individual will walk away with more empathy, and also to be in close proximity with our community.
We’re very excited about this Serve Day, as this jumpstarts what we’re going to spend more of 2020 doing in terms of empowering those in leadership positions.
This past week, we got a chance to build a prototype for the VR in partnership with 48in48. Additionally, we have and also have had several people test the prototype and the response has been amazing.
We just wanted to give a huge thank you to 48in48 for aiding us in building a solid prototype.
Over the last month, many people have wondered what we are doing with the shipping container we purchased as an organization.
We’ll after years of advocating for those experiencing homelessness, we have decided to do something disruptive to ensure people that are being displaced all over the country are never forgotten.
Therefore, we are launching the first museum for homelessness and poverty by converting a shipping container into a immersirve space that will travel and educate people about a issue that should be addressed in our country.
We are calling it, “Dignity Museum.”
The Dignity Museum will create an interactive experience for visitors to immerse themselves in the stories of those experiencing poverty and homelessness.
More than 1 million people are homeless in the United States, a quarter of those being children. Historically, homelessness has been viewed as a character flaw, a personality defect to be looked down on. Many of those experiencing homelessness have not been given an opportunity for another option.
Homelessness is systemic, generational, and often times as a result of long-held misconceptions about those experiencing the plight. Their lives are overlooked on street corners, under bridges, and on metal bunk beds in shelters across the country.
The Dignity Museum shares the stories of the forgotten, while presenting the unjust causes for the disparity in resource allocation. The stories of those who were born into poverty, those who became homeless as adults, the kids holding cardboard signs at the stoplight, and their collective fight to beat their circumstances.
Through interactive technology, research, storytelling, exhibits, and thought-provoking questions, visitors will confront their ideas of homelessness and what it takes to escape it.
The museum is designed to take the guest through a journey to promote a hopeful future of equality, opportunity, and justice.
Dignity Museum is the first of its kind in Atlanta. This innovative, living museum aims to help Atlantans and national tourists understand the suffering and struggle that many people face that are experiencing homelessness and those who face extreme poverty.
More importantly, Dignity Museum seeks to offer an up close and real view of the conditions in which people live in a way to create empathy and action among those who do not understand the reality of poverty.
Incorporating videography, Dignity Museum’s curated content will capture people caught in the rawness of their struggle in a way that gives them a voice and honors their journey as humans.
To contribute to this project and help us raise the last $6,000 we need to finish our project click [HERE]
Today, we have started the process of building out the container. We are grateful that we have a crew starting this process. Huge S/O to our friend John and his crew for starting this process.
We are extremely grateful.