Storytelling Blog

Why count the homeless in a census?

Mar 16, 2019 11:58:30 AM / by Ashley Rhodes


River City Church


Watch the story of how Patrick Aitken, Missions Coordinator for River City Church, leads a group of volunteers to serve the homeless in their community every fourth Saturday and performs a monthly census check on the homeless population because put simply, they count

Here's a Q&A below with our Chief Storyteller and the creator of this video, Caleb Hawk. 

  • How did you find out about this story? 

    "I heard about Fourth Saturdays at River City Church and wanted to do a story on it. The week I was doing covering that story ended up also being the week of the MACH homeless census, so my story expanded to include and even focus on this aspect of the bigger story here."
  • What was your initial approach to telling this story?

    "I didn’t really have one until I met Patrick. His love for the homeless community was my story. I knew focusing on his love would grab viewers' attention."
  • What did you learn from telling this story?

    "Homeless people have some of the greatest stories around, and most of them are extremely approachable and would love to talk to you."  
  • What do you hope to accomplish by telling this story?

    "I hope more locals in Montgomery come and help on Fourth Saturday at River City Church. Nationally, I hope more people will treat homeless people as people with dignity."

  • What is something you hated to cut from the video that had to go because of time constraints? 

    "We met a guy named Tommy who lived in an abandoned building who gave us a tour of his place. I hated to cut it, but the video was just too dark and grainy since there was no light in this building."




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Ashley Rhodes

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