- Chase Hansen was only four when he and his dad, John, agreed to help homeless people by creating human connections.
- They started Project Empathy, a social organization that develops friendships and relationships with homeless people.
- To date, they have shared over 150 meals and have gone as far as Las Vegas and Phoenix to share meals at shelters.
Homelessness is a complex social problem with various underlying factors and requires complex solutions. But for kids who do not have complex thinking and look at things with simplicity, it is just as simple as talking to those people that make a difference.
Ten-year-old Chase Hansen is that kind of kid.
Homeless people lack human connection which is a basic need they don’t get all the time because they are always ignored. Chase and his dad, John, are determined to change that.
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Chase was only four when he first saw homeless people at The Gateway outdoor mall in Salt Lake City. He wondered why they didn’t have a place to go so his dad explained how people can get into trying times. After that, they made a vow to help them.
The father-and-son tandem launched Project Empathy, a social organization that aims to develop friendships and foster human connections.
They started with the simple handing-out of smoothies to taking them out to lunch every week.
Being wiser than his age, Chase knows the significance of feeling some importance. That is why he makes sure to ask questions and get to know his new friends a little bit more.
“I know now that they’re people just like us,” he told Washington Post. “They want to make a connection and not feel so alone in the world.”
To date, they have shared over 150 meals and have went as far as Las Vegas and Phoenix to share meals at shelters.
“Chase and I realized that the country needed an army of people to practice empathy, and that by doing something as simple as taking a homeless person to lunch, we could maybe inspire others to do the same,” John said. “Any time you can help to give someone a voice, it’s empowering.”
Recently, Chase was recognized for his service and was awarded by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. Surely, John is very proud of his son.
Source: Inspire More