The Contour of Luxury Spring/Summer 2018 - Page 224

KV: The best memory I’ll always have is that of helping Chris, the one who inspired me to start The KV Project. My experience with him is shared on our website, TheKVProject.org. But, after launching The KV Project, my fondest memory is when I helped a homeless woman named Jill. I met her back in June of last year. I saw her at A: Inspired by a stranger in need you decided to establish The KV Project™ to use donations to fund random acts of kindness and support ten other charitable organizations such as Feeding America, Friends of Foster Children Forever, and American Humane. What is your fondest memory of a time The KV Project™ was able to help someone in need? a bus stop near my building. She had a look of helplessness and panic on her face so I stopped to ask if she was okay. She asked me if the bus was coming. I told her that I‘m not familiar with the bus schedule. She told me that she took the wrong bus and is not sure how to get back to where she needs to be. I told her that everything will be okay and that it will be my pleasure to take her home. At this time, I had no idea she was homeless. She teared up in relief and reached out to shake my hand and said, “Thank you!” After she got in my car, I asked her for her address so I could put it in the GPS. She mentioned that she was homeless and it is best to drop her off near a futon store where she sleeps. As I was driving, we engaged in conversation and I was able to learn a little about her. And, I was impressed. She has a bachelor’s degree in theater, traveled the high seas on yachts as a cook, and worked for four years as a service technician for Porsche and Audi. She lives off $1,400 of social security and visits a nearby church every day at 2pm to eat. The bishop there provides food for all the homeless people in the area. I enjoyed talking with Jill. We were on the same level. No labels. No judgment. She didn’t judge me and I didn’t judge her. We were just two people enjoying a nice ride and pleasant conversation. She wasn’t the stereotypical homeless person.