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Google gives Durham homeless phone access

Posted November 15, 2010 12:35 p.m. EST

— 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.