It’s a word that strikes up emotions, instills fear, and sets forth stereotypes. Yet, one third of society is one paycheck away from being that word.
Perhaps it’s the word itself. When we allow ourselves to equate people to a word, we package all of the stereotypes we’ve learned over time into syllables and forget about the person. Doing so makes it easy to draw conclusions from statistics we’ve read in a paper or heard from a friend, but what if we actually learned the story behind the person? How might we move beyond a series of letters strategically placed together to understanding the lives of our neighbors? Our homeless neighbors.
Combined, the mosaic of stories shared weaves the fabric of the Fort Wayne community: Homeless and non-homeless; business leader and educator; caring neighbors and neighbors who need a friend.
This is a snapshot of lives. This is Fort Wayne’s story.
Download the PDF of the book, “Facing Homelessness in Fort Wayne.”
An Unfairy Tale — Alicia’s Story. Age 22. By Doris Graham
Bicycles — Matthews’s Story. Age 46. By: Joseph Carpenter
Birthday Blessings — Allison’s Story. Age 37. By: Nicole Dynes
Choices and Changes — Neil’s Story. Age 38. By: Michael Skeeters
Healing — Michelle’s Story. Age 45. By: Gina Brooks
The Hamburger Guy — Eddie’s Story. Age 55. By: Bethany Pruitt
I Did it for Her — Joe’s Story. Age 59. By: Baldemar Silva
I Just Blinked — Danielle’s Story. Age 25. By: Katherine Pruitt
Helping the Invisible be Seen — Miss Sally’s Story. Age 45. By: Sarah Sandman
How I Became Homeless — John’s Story. Age 32. Self Authored
No Regrets — Caroline’s Story. Age 41. By: Cheryl Pruitt
Nothing Else Mattered — Dwight’s Story. Age 60. By: George Henry Scott, Jr.
Outside Living — James’s Story. Age 56. By: Danee Pye
Stepping Stones — Mary’s Story. Age 30. By: Jennifer Renner
The Man in the Last Pew. By: Curtis L. Cristler
The Smell of Hopelessness — Oscar’s Story. Age 51. By: George Henry Scott, Jr.
We Are All the Same — Amber’s Story. Age 26. By: Jennifer Boen
What’s Next — Linda’s Story. Age 50. By: Heidi Kaufman
If you were moved by these stories, learn how to start a Facing Project in your community.