Mini Bio: Golden Press Card winner, Becky is a former journalist, a current ghostwriter, author and full-time free-lancer with clients internationally. An essay of hers caught the eye of Tim Russert, NBC Vice President, which led him to add a chapter to his best-selling book, Wisdom of Our Fathers, Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons. Three years after becoming homeless, Becky won a writing contest hosted by Dan Pink; best-selling author and former Vice-President Al Gore’s speech-writer. First prize was an all-expense paid trip to TED Global in Oxford. She entered another competition to be selected to speak at TED, was selected for that honor and spoke at Oxford University at TED Global 2009 about her experience of homelessness.
Homelessness: Worked full-time and lived in a 1975 Chevy van in Colorado, Tennessee and Virginia with her Rottweiler and cat for 18 months.
Mini Bio: Using the Pen Name Indy Inn, Carey has written 2 books; “New Descendant” and “Writings From The Driver’s Side”. Carey also manages projects for We Are Visible, a social media aid for homeless people.
Homelessness: As of June 2011, Carey lives in her van in Seattle, WA, with her two young daughters.
Stockbroker, Author, Motivational Speaker | Website
Mini Bio: CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings specializing in the execution of debt, equity and derivative products transactions for some of the nation’s largest institutions. Published an autobiography titled The Pursuit of Happyness, which was created into a movie titled The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith.
Homelessness: With his toddler son, Chris was homeless in San Francisco, sleeping in shelters and a train station.
Elise & Andre Adams
Mini Bio: Elise and her husband Andre, founded Adams Organizing, a business offering homeless and nearly homeless individuals a chance to publish their success stories and survival tips. Adams Organizing’s projects include motivational speaking and a memoir of survival and victory guide published bi-yearly, titled The Adams Family Go2Guides. Elise also has a regular guest show on The Dr. Carol Show titled Living in Recovery.
Homelessness: Elise, 3 years in and out of motels and on the streets; Andre, several months at a time couch surfing and sleeping in his car.
Homelessness: Lived on the streets of Hollywood.
Homelessness: As of June 2011, Mooch lives in his car in Los Angeles. When he started Doing It Homeless in September 2010, his view of homelessness drastically changed. Mooch realized that society has it all wrong, and through social media, he is still inspiring people homeless or not, that anything is possible.
Musician | Website
Mini Bio: A former student of the Julliard School in New York where he played the double bass, Nathaniel had a chance meeting with Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist, while living on the streets of Los Angeles. They developed a unique friendship while Steve wrote a number of columns on Nathaniel’s current state. This led to a book, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music and the film The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. In 2008, Nathaniel’s sister Jennifer Ayers-Moore founded The Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation.
Homelessness: In 2000, Nathaniel moved to Los Angeles hoping to find his father after his mother passed away. Instead, with the help of his ever progressing illness of Schizophrenia, Nathaniel became homeless living on the streets of Skid Row.
Roy Juarez Jr.
Mini Bio: After graduating from Hardin-Simmons University, Roy chose to live homeless, this time with the purpose of helping young people dream. For two years he circled the entire country visiting shelters, schools, universities, and organizations with a goal to inspire over 100,000 youth to never give up on life, their dreams, and the importance of a higher education. Roy appeared on CNN with his mentor in a segment leading up to Latinos in America. His spell-binding story caught the attention of the well-established, New York Times bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In August of 2009, Roy’s story was featured in their latest book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens.
Homelessness: At the age of 14 Roy was a homeless teenager caring for his 9 year old sister and 2 year old brother in San Antonio, Texas. After finding hospice for his younger siblings, Roy packed a bag of personal items he called a home for two and a half years. He couched surfed from home to home with whoever would take him in.
Shay Kelley & Shane Patrick
Mini Bio: Founded the non-profit Insight Projects Inc.
Homelessness: After completed her first tour of the United States in 2010 with only her truck Bubba and dog Zuzu, Shay is currently on her second tour accompanied with her husband, Shane Patrick, traveling the country feeding and supporting homeless individuals and shelters wherever they find them.