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PhotoVoice: “The Struggle of Everyday Life”

Family Promise | PhotoVoiceBy Mel Davis

Community Support Assistant

Family Promise of Greater Denver recently launched a new artistic initiative known as PhotoVoice, offering program guests at our shelter an opportunity to express their experiences through photographs. PhotoVoice projects occur around the world as a way for both participants and viewers to develop a critical consciousness about conditions associated with poverty, joblessness and homelessness.

These issues take many forms, and people from all walks of life may experience them at some point. Photographs, for some, can be far more intimate and revealing than words and statistics alone. Our hope is that these pictures allow viewers to see the humanity of, and feel closer to, those in front of the camera and their experiences. We feel that the act of taking these photos, combined with their viewing, will be beneficial to creating and spreading empathy for families experiencing homelessness in our community.

All photographs were taken by Aylissa D. and Eric M., and all written words come directly from six anonymous family members who were surveyed about the photo project and their experiences with homelessness …

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

“Not having a place for my son to live is stressful. Going from having a home to none is hard.”

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

“(Homelessness has) taken away our freedom and our chance to be independent.”

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

“(We are) constantly stressed and worried.”

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

“It’s very overwhelming at times for me. I’m used to having my own place, and I’ve had to stay with family members and it’s very hard. I feel like it’s been hard to find a way to get an income, childcare, and housing again until now … I’m in a good program that’s giving me the push and motivation I need to do all the things I need to do.”

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

“Having to ask for help from relatives is embarrassing when they say they can’t help.”

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

“(Photographs can) show how we have continued to live our lives and try to look past our obstacles.”

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

“(Photographs can) show the struggle and successes of being homeless.”

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

Family Promise | PhotoVoice

“(Homelessness) has taught me not to take things for granted and that I can better myself.”

For questions or more information regarding the PhotoVoice project, contact Mel at (303)675-0713 or mdavis@familypromiseofgreaterdenver.org!

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