Mike Yankoski

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Mike Yankoski Willingly Homeless For 5 Months, Author of Under the Overpass

What is it like to be homeless? How do people survive? What's the best way to help?

Mike Yankoski did more than just ask hypothetical questions. With only a backpack, a sleeping bag, and a guitar, Mike and his traveling companion--Sam--set out to experience  life on the streets.

For more than five months in six different cities, Mike and Sam experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection. They wanted to discover learn what it means to be homeless in America, and how those who aren't homeless might respond with real, effective compassion. 

Michael is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Notre Dame in Theological Ethics and International Peace Studies, has served on the Board of Directors at World Vision US, and is the author of four books. 

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Event Reviews

"The presentation was absolutely wonderful. People loved his message, his passion, the humility in which he presented, the challenge he gave to Christians to think about putting faith in action....Mike's experience and his ability to share it were absolutely appreciated and impactful. I would recommend him to anyone. I very much appreciated that Mike began communicating with me directly and has since done that with follow up emails. He makes himself available and I just love that. More of his humble approach. I wish him nothing but blessings as he continues to serve the Lord. He is a gift for sure."

— Volunteers In Service


“Mike was so gracious and everyone enjoyed hearing him speak. From our evaluations of the banquet, we were told that the speaker needed more time. We appreciate Mike’s endorsement of the ministry and we pray that God will continue to bless him through his ministry outreach. God bless you all.”

— Miracle Hill Ministries


“Mike was engaging, passionate, and inspiring. We accomplished everything we hoped and much more by scheduling him to come and speak at our annual banquet. We also launched a homeless awareness luncheon in order to build better relationships with other social service providers and local businesses. Mike was outstanding in presenting the need in an eloquent and intelligent manner that resonated well with this group.”

— City Rescue Mission of Saginaw


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