ST. LOUIS, MO/April 11, 2017 (STL.News) A new approach is being taken aimed at providing a better insight to homelessness in the St. Louis region.
Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service is launching a new project called “”In Plain Sight”, which uses photography, in an effort to expose the realities of homelessness. The project will provide 100 homeless members of the community with a disposable camera and a mission to tell their story from the street.
Project leaders say the goal of documenting life on the street will create more awareness and give the homeless a voice and ultimately encourage them to be part of a solution.
“We want to shine a bright light exposing homelessness in our area, and provide an outlet for members of our community who are not hiding, but are In Plain Sight.” according to Pam Struckhoff, Director of Program Services at the Care Service.
“We also hope this project will raise funds to directly assist homeless members of the community to find safe, affordable housing.” Struckhoff added.
Distribution of cameras will begin on April 18th and 19th.
Photographers will have seven days to tell their story through photographs before returning the camera to a drop-off location. They will receive a t-shirt with ‘photographer’ emblazoned on the back, a $10 gift card for food and a backpack of toiletries for their participation in the project.
A team of community judges will then select the top 20 photos that will be displayed at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre from June 29-August 20. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite photo with a donation.
The project will conclude with an evening event on August 19 that will include a live auction of the artwork at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. The top three winning portraits will receive a grand prize based on the individual’s needs. Additional photos will be part of a traveling display.
“In Plain Sight” is being sponsored by Ameren Missouri, Calvary Church, and Behlmann Automotive in Troy
Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service offers programs to individuals, families, and children facing crisis or homelessness in the tri-county area of St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren.