Tonight I had the urge to look at the latest Frankie magazine. I only discovered the softly printed indie-crafty magazine while rushing up a supermarket aisle two months ago. So far I can’t explain why I love it, it just resonates with me (possibly it taps into my creativity, just not sure yet!). I don’t pick magazines up much, but Frankie is full of images and short articles, so it is easier for my short attention span to manage.
So tonight I flicked through the pages of the magazine and read just a few bits and pieces. Except, there was one story that I read all the way through. In fact, the pictures accompanying the story won me over and then I gave the article a chance. It was a one page article about a guy in Oakland California who makes moveable mini houses for homeless people to live in. His name is Gregory Kloehn. There were many of the little houses pictured. They are cute, all designed differently, made mostly with materials found dumped on the streets, and look well made and tough. But most importantly, these mini houses provide a home for some of the people stuck living on the streets of Oakland, year after year.
Reading this article, my mind just blew up.
What a fantastic thing to do!
What a great project to channel one’s creativity!
What a valuable service to do for the city!
How much rubbish must get taken off the streets and repurposed?!
How does he come up with the designs?
What designs could you use?
How hard are they to make?
How much do the homeless people love their mini houses?
Is there a rule about where they can be placed?
Would this work in my city?
Could this program work all over the world?
What other projects could be done to help homeless people?
What help do homeless people want?
Why is it that this article is stimulating my tired mind?
Why am I inspired by stories about helping others?
Reading about people like Greg makes me wish I had more control over my mind and my creativity, the confidence to take my ideas somewhere and the confidence to help more people.
To read about the project, go to Homeless Homes Project.