About The Founder
My name is Justin Wilder Doering. This project is about the stories and perspectives behind the American homeless experience, not about me. This is not the platform to share my story. If you’d like to venture into my personal, life feel free to email me or stalk my social media. Otherwise, if you have any questions about the Fifty Sandwiches or opportunities for the project, please do not hesitate to email me using the link below!
I have, however, left the following message on this page from my bio I wrote in 2016 before the Kickstarter to fund the trip began:
“It is not an overstatement to expect this trip to be a major life-changing experience. I like to think my senses for adventure are untamed, restrained only by budgetary measures. This life offers an endless buffet of remarkable experiences and I’m not here just to have a taste. The idea of tossing a mattress in a van and traveling the country with the purpose of getting beat over the head endlessly with culture-shock excites me to no end.
This idea has been evolving in my head for years, sharpening its nails and scratching at my conscious. This is my project. Everything I have to offer will be put into this. There is no doubt in my mind that I will not be able to succeed and show the collective population that there is more to homelessness than portraits of tattered faces and simplified statistics.”
I thought of Fifty Sandwiches when I was 15 years old. It’s been nearly a decade.
I don’t have an agent, a designer, a publisher, or an editor. If I did, it wouldn’t have taken three years to publish. But here we are. To let it out, to see it come together, is surreal.
Thank you for reading and thank you for being a part of this journey.
With deep sincerity and gratitude,
Justin Wilder Doering