In the fall of 2022, Travis approached a man in Lakeland’s Munn Park. The man had cancer and needed help badly. Travis himself was at the end of his funds and acting purely on faith that God had his back. The video of this interaction went viral, raising over $10,000 in just days.
Worth and Purpose, a 508c1a, exploded its media reach and began to really see the power of video. The aim was to give homelessness a face, a name, a story, and to inspire viewers to act on their convictions in whatever small way they could. Rhonda, Jukebox, Bob, Vern, Lloyd, Rick… video after video, the characters transform from a rejected, homeless face into a human with real thoughts and a very real story.
Rick has been in a hotel for three months, thanks to Travis Doodles and the crowd-sourced funding of his media followers. Rick’s head has rested on a pillow for over 90 days straight. He has felt the calm that comes from a roof over his head and a hot shower. Rick has space to think about work now. He is clean with a fresh haircut and beard trim. He can do small jobs to make enough to get necessities on his own. He recounts to me the daily struggle of homelessness: “You have to constantly think about how to get your needs met, where to go, how to get there. Your body aches and you aren’t rested. Your brain spins and it’s hard to think past the next need. You have one pair of shorts in your backpack, and if someone takes it, you have nothing. Then you can’t even hose off behind a building because you don’t have another pair of bottoms. No one talks to you; it is so lonely. And you know what they think of you when they look at you. People go crazy out there on the streets.”