Google gives Durham homeless phone access

Posted November 15, 2010

— Google and a Durham non-profit organization are working together to distribute old-fashioned calling cards to local charities that work with the homeless.

The cards, which look like business cards, list a Google Voice phone number that the user can have forward and ring at any phone. Individuals can make calls anywhere in the U.S. and Canada and access voicemail for free using Google Voice.

Henry Kaestner, cofounder of DurhamCares, anticipates that the homeless can use the phone number to "search for jobs, maintain family connections and take care of other personal matters, such as securing living arrangements," he said.

Genesis Home, TROSA, Housing for New Hope, Durham Rescue Mission, Dress for Success and Sales and Service Training Center will share the 500 Google Voice cards.


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  • 4Cats Nov 17, 2010

    I wish Durham would do something about all the panhandling on the streets...just makes our town look bad to see all these folks out and about. Especially when they have animals.

  • Supie Nov 16, 2010

    sometimes I think people spout half baked opinions in order to get others to help them think things thru. People who are so poor that they are homeless often have problems with health issues, safety issues, difficulites organizing their childrens lives etc. having a phone is SO important to making their lives better, good for Google for thinking about this.

  • Mugu Nov 16, 2010

    These homeless people need a phone number for one thing and one thing only, to fill in the blank spot on a job application form and the only people they should receive phone calls from are potential employers.

    Outside of that, this is a waste of resources.

  • BlueSkys Nov 15, 2010

    this is neat