Matthew, 36 -Boise, ID

When visiting the shelter, I use my volunteered service as an opportunity to meet those attending one by one, keeping my eyes open for anyone who may have an unheard story to tell. Many of those I serve food to are, justifiably, in bitter spirits. When the only planned meal of the day is an…

Sara Jean, 18 or 19 – Los Angeles, CA

  Along the sanded sidewalks of Venice Beach, I saw a young woman cocooning herself and her belongings with a large tarp in attempt to protect herself from the wind. When I approached her to ask about my project, she showed no interest and asked me to leave her be. As I walked away, she…

Anonymous – Boise, ID

Interviewing people you meet at a shelter with sole intent of uncovering the personal struggles and experiences of those suffering from homelessness demands levels of maintained optimism. Every individual I talk to is either at the worst time in their life or has recently experienced it. For many, I can center my responses in forms…

Camille, 44 – Boise, ID

Before the shelter closed, a woman I had served soup to earlier in the night had heard about my project and was intrigued enough to approach me.  “You can interview me if you want! I think my story goes well with your project!”  I immediately recognized her from a previous visit. Despite the dreariness of her situation,…

Dusty, 38 – Boise, ID

The comfort and stability a home provides offers considerate leniency for life’s messy circumstances. When your nightly stay is largely dependent on available cots and timeliness, life’s curve-balls a lot harder to hit, especially when injured. Crutches don’t feel quite so heavy when you own a couch to lean them on or a trunk to put them in. When…