Homeless-Care iPhone Apps

Homeless-Care iPhone Apps

Feel as if you need a “protege” as Carole Lombard did with William Powell in the 1936 movie, “My Man Godfrey”

Irene Bullock (Lombard’s character) took in Godfrey (William Powell’s character) to serve as the family butler.  Godfrey, a millionaire, had laid aside the robes of riches to “get away from it all.”  He took on the life style of the homeless, living in a dump and scrounging for necessities.  That’s where Irene (In competition with her sister) met Godfrey and offered him the job as butler, and took him under her wings as her protege.

Well, with the help of the iPhone fad, you can now play the part of Irene Bullock. The iHobo App brings a new perspective on the homeless and living on the street. Housing a homeless man on your iPhone, this application gives you the option of taking care of him for three days.

In doing so, he may then survive unfortunate street conditions, attaining the food and shelter he needs. However, if he is ignored, he may make the wrong decisions which would result in unthinkable circumstances.

In the movie, “My Man Godfrey”- “set in the depths of the Depression, a party game brings dizzy socialite Irene Bullock to the city dump where she meets Godfrey, a derelict, and ends by hiring him as family butler. He finds the Bullocks to be the epitome of idle rich, and nutty as the proverbial fruitcake. Soon, the dramatizing Irene is in love with her ‘protege’…who feels strongly that a romance between servant and employer is out of place, regardless of that servant’s mysterious past…” Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

You might not fall in love with your homeless protege, but this iHobo App definitely gives you something to think about when it comes to the homeless and provides a different approach in how you could help.

The free app was created (pro bono) by Publicis London to raise awareness of Depaul UK, a charity devoted to youth homelessness in the UK.