Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Community Voice Mail

"A lot of shelters have a pay phone that's in the community area," said Shannon Stewart, executive director of The Employment Project, which offers voice mail to the homeless in Chicago. "When you ask if John Doe is available, you hear the phone being thrown down and the screaming down the hallway."
Community Voice Mail gives each homeless person a phone number and each records a message.
The numbers can't be used for outgoing calls, but people can check their messages from any regular or pay phone. The service costs the providing agency as little as $7 per number per month.
Read the whole article here.
Very cool. Now that is a relief and community development project that is really really tangible.

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