Dismazed and Driven

  • It's Everybody's Problem


     So often you hear, "We don't have homelessness in our town." or "It's a big city problem." or "They could get a place if they wanted to." or "Kids aren't homeless."

     More than 7 million invisible children and youthexperience homelessness across America, in every community.
    They need your help.  Thanks for your interest! Thanks for your support!

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    Details added daily...

    Babes of Wrath Book Tour...Sept. - Oct. 2022



    Charlie Book Released on Kindle!

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    The ever-popular

    Charlie Book: 60 Ways to Help Homeless Kids

    is now available as a Kindle book!


    Click here for info and to order


    December 21 - Memorial Blanket Project 

    US Capitol Lawn, DC

    Blanket Pat DDNHEAR US is joining with the Charles Bruce Foundation to create up to a 19,000 sq. ft. display of handmade blankets (quilted, knitted, crocheted) to commemorate Homeless Persons' Memorial Day.

    More info: www.memorialblanket.org


    ►Watch this NCTV news segmentabout the unique blankets being made in Illinois!

    ► Diane worked with 3 North Carolina communities to create Piggies blankets for babies using Pat Van Doren's iconic "These Little Piggies are Homeless" image. 22 NC piggies FINAL small
    Here's a 1-minute TV newsclipshowing this heartwarming process.
    ► Here are the news storiesabout the Memorial Blanket Project

    ►Here's an adorable look at a "Piggies" event. (2-min)

    New Films by HEAR US!
    Hidden in Plain Sight -
    Families Experiencing Homelessness in New Mexico
    (5/22)Dawn Family Plate

    Four mothers and a dad share their families' experiences of homelessness and
    describe how schools helped them survive

    HEAR Them: Youth Without Homes in New MexicoNM Youth Intro (5/22)

    Six New Mexico teens shared their experiences and insights about homelessness. Three teens are unaccompanied youth--without parents/guardians involved in their lives. The other three are part of a family. (10:09)

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    Idaho Schools: Lifesaving Connection  (1/22)
    4 women share their families' struggles and accomplishments, pointing to the importance of school support (18:30)

    Families Experiencing Housing Instability in Idaho  
    ID mothers share what school support meant to their families (6:50)

    These women offer deep, heartfelt insights about the agonies of housing instability and the impact of support from their children's school communities. 
    Invaluable lessons for all audiences. Perfect McKinney-Vento training tools.

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    Not Homeless Enough (8/21)

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    The agony of parents with no viable options (video 10 min)

    Dane County, Wisconsin, with the capital seat Madison,
    has hundreds of families who have lost housing and have nowhere to go.
    Four parents share their observations and experiences of being
    "not homeless enough." 
    Wisconsin State Journal story 8-8-21

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    Family Homelessness Surging (3/21)

    See and hear this family's struggles being stuck in motels during CoVid in Raleigh, NC. (12-min)

    Jamie's astute descriptions of her family's hardships
    resonate with many families in similar situations. 
     Her textbook lesson that needs widespread sharing.
    More about the film, resources...

    Dismazed and Driven -
    My Look at Family Homelessness in America

    Part memoir of Diane's 15 years 
    chronicling family homelessness,
    part social justice narrative.

    Perfect companion book forChanging the Paradigm of Homelessness

    >>BUY THE BOOK<<

    >> 1-min. VIDEO PROMO

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    Videos match stories in Dismazed and Driven, Diane's new book!

    A textbook that speaks the truth about 

    and offers strategies to address this crisis.  

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    Check out our vast collection of videos featuring families/youth experiencing homelessness!
    HEAR US has made statewide McKinney-Vento films for:

    Texas, Kansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, 
    New Hampshire, New Jersey, Hawaii, New Mexico

    Filming also in:

    Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois,
    New York, California, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, 
    New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Wisconsin 
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