no phone number or address
Today i was at the post office and the woman in front of me had recently become homeless and needed to put her mail on hold. Â she was having trouble submitting the necessary form because she didn’t have an address or phone number. Â After she finished her frustrating conversation (she was very articulate and full of grace), I discreetly pulled her aside. Â I shared with her how she could go to the library to get on a free computer and sign up for gmail and a google voice phone number. Â the email address and phone number are both free and you don’t even need a phone. Â you can check your voicemail through a computer.
I randomly found myself at a picnic last summer with Ayrie and Shiya at a church for GLBT membmers and a lot of the people at the picnic worked with homeless GLBT youth. Â They were talking about how excited they were for google voice because not having an address or phone number was such a barrier to so many things.
glad they shared that tip with me, glad I could pass it on. Â letting you know in case you can pass it on too 🙂
You are beautiful. I cannot imagine the amount of dignity you gave that woman today.
Interestingly, Google first tested their voice services by offering it to the homeless: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9882460-7.html.
Very cool. I had no idea. Thanks for passing it on to us and to the person in need at the Post Office.