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Small Business Homeless | Glen Dunzweiler | TEDxWilmington

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We have programs to continue to support people who are homeless.
In other words, we don’t have money to get people off the streets, but we have money to give them a sandwich. And another sandwich.  
And then some programs just run out of money because the charity ends, and the giving stops.
So many communities move people to other communities (by giving the homeless bus tickets and thinking “please don’t come back”).
We’ve got to let go of who we think these homeless people are – because you have no idea who they are until you talk to them They could be mothers, children, and yes, they can be drug addicts and ex-cons, and the populations that we feel it’s OK to neglect.
But the one thing they have in common is that they don’t have a personal support network/family to support them in their time of need. 
 
So what i think each community needs is to support those homeless in their community for 2 reasons: 
1) those homeless don’t have anybody else. 
2) that community has a vested interest in it’s own success. 
 
****Now, this has to be self-sustainable. Charity only goes so far; it burns out. So we have to see a direct return on our investment of the homeless. This means we have to find some advantage to us doing this deed, and some reason to continue on in doing this deed.

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Instead of neighborhood watch, why don’t we have NEIGHBORHOOD HELP   
So we say, “hey man, i see you’re on the street, can i do anything to help you? what do you need?” and you start pooling your resources. The good story is in the deed, it’s not in the conclusion.
 
I know a barber that cuts hair for the homeless on weekends.
Everyone needs a haircut. 
And he’s become an Instagram star because of that. 
 
Social entrepreneurship — if your business helps out the community (homeless) then other people will want to do business with you. 

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