When Frank, Angela, and their two children are evicted from their New York City apartment, they have no choice but to move into a homeless shelter. After a few difficult months, good news comes their way on Christmas Eve: a nearby housing project has an apartment available immediately – however, Frank needs a job on the books in order to qualify. While the rest of the city prepares for Christmas, Frank and his 10-year-old stepson, Justin, roam the cold streets of New York trying to find a job by day’s end. Where God Left His Shoes is the story of a family that refuses to break apart during the darkest time of their lives and discovers that they will survive as long as they have each other.
Frank and Angela Diaz and their two children have no easy answers, no magic cures, no safety net. Far too many in America are just a few paychecks away from homelessness—and from the kind of desperation that can shatter families and lives.
With Where God Left His Shoes, we set out to make a film that was entertaining and that touched people’s hearts. Audiences told us that we succeeded—and that we did something more as well: we’d created a call to action; a high-profile catalyst for change.
The entertainment and inspirational value of Where God Left His Shoes can be used in a number of ways to make a difference:
- High-profile screenings—fundraisers and platforms to organize action
- Public service announcements using elements of the film
- To inspire charitable donations and volunteerism with organizations such as the United Way
- To ignite action by putting housing and homelessness on the agenda for national and local elections, and by putting pressure on elected officials to change policy
- By using the Christmas element of the film to tap into and expand the public’s seasonal awareness of the issue
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