We met Don and baby Cassie the morning. She is a beautiful child and he a proud father. He did not object to having this picture made. He told us they took the bus to the Breakfast because they don’t have a car. He said his wife was at work now (7:30 AM). He said they finally have a small apartment but they had been homeless in the recent past. He told Kathy they were getting by but it wasn’t easy. He seemed so protective of his baby all wrapped up in blankets against the cold. We were very moved.
The good work at the Sunday friendship Breakfast continues on into late summer, as do my photographs documenting the folks who come. I see the same faces week after week. I hear the same stories. I have gotten to know many of these folks by name and I often chat with them. Usually drugs, alcohol, mental illness are part of the story. So is lack of opportunity. They all say they want decent housing but is hard to get and you must get in line. You get a number and if it is finally called you suddenly realize you will need a real bed and furniture.You usually have to pay some amount of rent with the little money you have coming in from the state so buying new furnishings isn’t an option. You don’t have a car so if furniture happens to be offered to you by some good person or organization you can’t easily go get it. It becomes so complicated that it might just seem easier to live on the street or a shelter. That’s the way it is for many of the people pictured here. CLICK TO ENLARGE...