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Submitted by Jake Maguire on

This week, Encore.org announced the 2015 Purpose Prize fellows, an inspiring group of people, all over the age of 60, who are using their middle and later lives to make a positive impact. We are thrilled to share the news that Linda Kaufman, national movement manager for our Zero: 2016 initiative, has been named one of this year's fellows.

"I am charged with being the movement’s public heart and voice," Linda wrote in her application. "As such, I stir the spirit and will of folks who have thought that ending homelessness is impossible. It is not."

Heart and voice, indeed.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

Wal-Mart may be the most recognized retailer in the world. In the U.S. alone, the company has over 4,000 stores, and over 90% of Americans have shopped at one at some point in their lives.

Another thing you may not know about Wal-Mart is that, at any moment in time, the company can account for every single piece of inventory sitting on any of its millions of shelves worldwide.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

Danny worked as a carpenter all of his adult life, until an accident injured his back and caused him to lose his right eye. As a result of his injury, he found it difficult to continue working and contractors stopped hiring him, citing the insurance risk.

Danny soon lost his home and began moving from couch to couch. He eventually ended up outside, living in the woods of southern Mississippi for six years. As Danny's health issues worsened, he lost most of his mobility and began to depend on others living in the encampment, where he "became part of the environment of the camp."

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

We talk a lot about data here at Community Solutions, and with good reason -- we firmly believe that you can’t solve a problem that you can’t properly dimension. That's why Zero: 2016 communities across the country have set clear measurable goals, known as Take Down Targets, to measure progress and optimize resources as they work toward an end to chronic and veteran homelessness.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

James, a U.S. Army veteran, first became homeless when he was 9 years old. In 1986, after being discharged from the Army, he immediately fell into homelessness again and has constantly grappled with it in the 29 years since, most recently in the Zero: 2016 community of Jacksonville, Florida. Adding to his struggles, James faced substance abuse issues while homeless and copes with mental illness and PTSD.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

We’ve all been there -- stuck in a seemingly endless project, out of ideas, unsure of next steps or uncertain about how to measure progress after finally settling on a path forward. It’s a physically and mentally draining feeling, with which even the most serious problem solvers contend.

Submitted by Jake Maguire on

We’ve all heard the ubiquitous Fish Proverb: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” The message, of course, is that it’s more useful in the long term to teach someone how to do something for themselves then to do it for them.

Submitted by Adam Gibbs on

Once a month, we highlight the most uplifting news we can find from across our work. This month, we're telling the story of CC, a 15-year veteran of the US Army who battled homelessness and recently found a home through one of our Zero: 2016 partner communities.

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