A former homeless addict turned businessman is trying to end youth homelessness in Canada. Joe Roberts is pushing a shopping cart 9,000 km across Canada to raise support and awareness for his cause with his Push for Change campaign.
December 10th marks day 224 of his 517 day trek. Roberts usually travels about 24km a day on his feet, but he spent this day speaking at the Quinton Warner House, an addiction treatment program run by the Mission Services of London.
If you believe, like Roberts, that youth homelessness needs to end, there’s a lot of ways you can get involved. You can support him at community events, make a donation on his webpage, and follow him on twitter and facebook. But he says one of the simplest but most powerful ways to help, is to let politicians know this is a problem you care about. If you visit his webpage, thepushforchange.com, there’s a link that will allow you to directly contact your MP about this issue.
Roberts went on to say that any social movement starts with awareness. He explains that we don’t tolerate drinking anymore because of an awareness campaign. He hopes the same can one day be said for youth homelessness.