Unfortunately, the care and shelter of the homeless is often undertaken by people who are unable to see the complete picture of the homeless population. Either they believe all homeless people are devils or angels. The homeless population reflects our society as a whole. Good, bad, scammers, innocents, etc. If you get to know a person well enough, telling one from the other is not a problem.
” How we treat the vulnerable is how we define ourselves as a species.” ~Russell Brand
Last year winter I decided to produce a series of photo essays on the homeless population in downtown Saint Louis Missouri. One early Saturday morning I headed down to Loctus street near the new library and NLEC [New Life Evangelistic Center] where most of the less fortunate dwell. I had my photographer and son in tow; believing it is important to instill the value of life in children early I felt it was important that he be with me. We stopped to grab several cups of fresh coffee and some breakfast muffins to hand out to those individuals who consented to speaking with us.
Sheltered and somewhat green having grown up in middle class suburbia I was a little hesitant in actually approaching people and asking for an interview. The first person I approached was a woman…
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