This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this moving talk, Joel will have you thinking differently about homeless people, with a greater emphasis on 'people' and less on 'homeless.' He shares his stories of taking medicine out of the clinic and into the streets of downtown Salt Lake City, above all offering dignity as the very best medicine for resilience and hope.
Joel’s life story is made of diverse experiences. He has worked as a cowboy on ranches, assisted a Veterinarian in Ethiopia, served in the US Army for 6 years, and finally found his home as a physician assistant working at a clinic for homeless persons as the medical outreach director. He is passionate about restoring hope and dignity to those who have been deprived of these in life. He has a heart for underserved people groups and likes to create innovative ways to reach them and take reality based care directly to them. Being able to journey alongside others is a very humbling endeavor and he is extremely fortunate to be allowed to walk this path with some very incredible people, many of whom are unsung heroes. He has much to learn from them. Chief of all is the wonderful love of his family and walking through their journey together is his greatest joy in life.
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Thanks for giving this talk Joel:06/03/2016
Joel, you are the ultimate expression of what it truly means to Be Human. I am honored by You, your magnificence.12/01/2015
Thank you for your kind perceptions, actions and words, Joel. I am not quite homeless, but sharing a 10x12 room with my wife after downsizing because of hard economic situations. Currently I have a job working for a couple who were once homeless, but over the years have built up a successful, creative business that we enjoy together. I encounter homeless people here regularly, and wish I could do more than just smile and acknowledge them.24/10/2014