Jake’s Heart… Helping to solve homelessness in America.
It all started on a trip to Austin, Texas, at the age of 3 years old. Jake was like any other 3 year old, curious and adventurous with an excitement for life. We had just had lunch in downtown Austin and decided to walk around and go exploring.
At that time, Jacob’s idea of exploring was completely different than ours of course, but he always found a way to connect with our ideas. He noticed many adults sitting and sleeping on the streets, their dirty clothes, dirty hands and feet and became very curious to why they were there.
As his parents, we knew right there that we could ignore or turn this into a teaching moment and we better get it right. We explained to him that there are many people in this world that are homeless for many reasons. He listened carefully to the reasons we described and really internalized them for several days.
Driving back from Austin, he couldn’t stop thinking about all the ways he could help those people, the inventions he could make so that they would never be without a home, food, or clothes.
This was 5 years ago and now at the age of 8 (going on 21), Jake continues to have a passion for helping others. In his mind, Jake continues to create ideas and inventions to help the homeless, like all his Robot ideas to help grow food, make food, build houses.
One day Mama, I will have enough Robots to help build many homes and feed the homeless so they never have to go without stuff we have. Mama, I know why I am here. I know why I am on earth. I’m here only to help others. This is why I am here. This is why I was born.”