This Crowdfunding Site Helps the Homeless Get Their Life Back

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Jan 29, 2018
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A screenshot of the Beam homepage

Social crowdfunding sites have become increasingly popular in recent years, funding anything from community projects to lifesaving and expensive medical treatments.

The makers of Beam saw this incredible potential for doing good and decided to use it to help homeless people get back on their feet and reintegrate into society.

Homelessness rates in the U.K. are high with over 8,000 people sleeping on the streets and another estimated 200,000 "hidden homeless", who live in temporary accommodation like hostels.

Beam employees work with registered homelessness charities to find individuals who have shown a willingness to reenter the workforce pair them up with a mentor who will help match the new member with a job that suits their unique experience and talent.

The mentor will also help the member to set up an online campaign to raise the funding for their job training and supports them while they work towards sharpening their skills and landing a stable job.

The program is already making a huge difference for many who once struggled to eat regular meals. Tony, a former Beam member was positively shocked when he saw the donations start coming in.

“When I read the messages from my supporters, I just didn’t have words. Thanks to Beam, I’m now training to become a fully-qualified electrician,” he told the Independent.

As many participants finish their training and land jobs, they’re eager to ‘pay it forward’ and pledge to repay the value of their campaign to future Beam members on their way to a bright future.

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REBECCA WOJNO, CONTRIBUTOR
Rebecca is passionate about reading, cooking, and learning about people doing good in the world. She especially loves writing about wellness, personal growth, and relationships.

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