This guy is “39 Pounds of Love”

From the official web site: “39 Pounds of Love is the inspirational and humorous non-fiction account of a remarkable man and a remarkable journey.

“Ami Ankilewitz was diagnosed with an extremely rare and often fatal form of SMA/2 that severely limits his physical growth and movement yet at 34 years of age, he continues to outlive a doctor’s prediction of life expectancy by 28 years. And counting.

“Ami, who weighs only 39 pounds, works in Israel as a 3D animator and creates his art despite the fact that his bodily motion is limited to a single finger on his left hand and in doing so, continues to redefine notions of a ‘limited’ life.

“The film follows Ami’s journey in search of the doctor who predicted his early demise. Along his journey, Ami attempts to come to terms with another major incident from his past and to complete a lifelong dream: To finally ride a Harley Davidson.

“39 Pounds of Love is an emotional roller coaster, a fascinating, humorous and truly inspirational ride through life with someone who embodies the very term, Carpe Diem (Seize the day).”

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Free voicemail helps homeless people get jobs

a whopping 70% found jobs within 2 months“‘Community Voicemail’ offers free voicemail boxes to homeless and unemployed people who are seeking work, so they’ll have a way for prospective employers to reach them. The program is very successful too: ‘workers distributed voicemail numbers to 145 people over 6 months, and a whopping 70% found jobs within 2 months!'”

From CVM.org: “Community Voice Mail is a simple and effective solution to a complex problem — how to help people in crisis and transition stay connected to the very tool they need most: a constant telephone number… Access to a telephone is a basic survival tool… and often one we don’t think of… Once their new phone number is active, users can check messages from anywhere that works for them: pay phones, social service agencies, or the homes of friends and family. A CVM number looks like any other local telephone number and therefore does not signal the client’s status as a homeless or phoneless person. In this way, CVM users are able to reflect the stability and credibility associated with having a personal home answering machine.”

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