Filmmaker Wants To Restore Homeless Man’s Faith In Humanity

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/04/homeless-man-obediah-tyler-mann_n_7508170.html

In the video, Obediah shares the story of his journey from a comfortable existence to a life on the streets. He explains how he was convicted of felony drug possession and after serving time, found it impossible to get a job or a place to live.

“They’ll give a pedophile an apartment before they will me because I had a drug charge,” Obediah said. “The hard part of becoming part of society again was they didn’t want me … so I just decided fuck it, I’m going to sleep in a tent, and I’m going do what I love for a living, which is playing music.” …

On Tuesday, Mann launched a GoFundMe campaign in Obediah’s name. The goal is to raise $5,000 to get him started on a new life, and to show him “that people care.”

“Obediah changed my life overnight,” Mann wrote on the campaign page. “So now I want to change his … C’mon Internet. Let’s do this. We can get him off the streets.”

So far, more than $3,300 has been raised for Obediah. Mann told The Huffington Post over e-mail Thursday that several netizens have also offered to give Obediah a job. Some have also offered Obediah recording deals, he said.

“There are literally offers coming in from all over the world,” Mann said. “People genuinely [want] to help him.”

4 thoughts on “Filmmaker Wants To Restore Homeless Man’s Faith In Humanity

  1. More people need to listen to this. The assumptions people have about the homeless, parolees and the mentally ill, leave too many people thinking they have no self worth. It starts with the change in thinking of one person. We all need to remember that. Sometimes even a smile or just saying hello can make a difference.

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    • It pisses me off when I read comments under articles about the homeless, many of which describe negative experiences of them begging for money. And these “stories” are so very different from my own experiences that I know they’re lying.

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      • I agree. I lived in key west for a long time and we had a high homeless populations. We knew the regulars that had their own doorways they slept in. You saw the same ones all the time. One Christmas a made a big batch of cookies and bagged them up and rode my bike around handing them out to the homeless. The the city said it was a negative experience for the tourists and made them all go to a different island and put up a big tent where they could eat, and they had a curfew to be back. It had pluses and minus, too. they managed to segregate them. I never had any problems with them. people are people. I’d rather be homeless in Florida than homeless in NY

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