The idea is to create a video-driven kiosk that can be put in places used by the homeless, such as shelters, the library, public buildings, and even the police station.
Just before New Years, our producer was approached by Tom Chapman, a member of the team of professionals at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and co-manager of an independent street level group called 'Patching the Past'. Tom's goal was to produce a series of videos that would help the homeless find the services they needed in a way that was convenient and comprehensive; that being professionally produced video provided through a kiosk.
Tom then recruited the help of David James Watt, a Georgian College student who is studying Social Service Work and who, along with co-student Michelle White, had spearheaded Beneath the Blanket. The group then went on to recruit and interview Linda Bushell Goodall, the Executive Director of The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen & Shelter, and Jill Dunlop, faculty at the Centre for community-oriented at Georgian College, and Constable Julie Doucette, the Mental Health Coordinator of the Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia.
The production schedule was tight as it was important to get the idea before the right people by a specific date.
In less than two weeks our producer and this group pulled together eight interviews, including three with those who are enduring or have experienced episodic or chronic homelessness. They also committed to shooting on various locations, including at the places where the homeless have been known to struggle to survive. This video is only a promotional tool, intended to help the group to raise the funds necessary for the finished production; however, several other groups and individuals have already shown interest or expressed their support, and the outcome looks good. Our crew at Five Points Media would like to pass on our kudos and thanks to this collection of caring professionals who set aside their valuable time over the holidays to help a colleague who's only goal is to provide support to those who need their collective help the most.
Once proven, the concept of SY-STEM Links will be taken to other towns and cities.