Inspired by Rethink Homelessness, an initiative of the Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness, who recently asked a few homeless people to write down a fact about themselves that other people wouldn’t know just by walking past them. The Social Reportage class at Flower City Arts Center is doing just that, though not all are homeless, those being approached facilitate their basic needs by frequenting soup kitchens in the Rochester, NY area. These are some of the stories of our brothers and sisters.
Soup kitchens in America originated around 1929 when the effects of a growing depression began. The need for soup kitchens was felt even more so when the tailspin in the economy worsened in 1932, and 12 million Americans, about 25 percent of the normal labor force, were out of work. It is hard to believe the need for food pantries and supper programs is still great in the year 2017. LOOP Ministries relies on donations of food, time, talent and monetary supplements to sustain the demand of hunger in Rochester, NY.
Upstate, NY has been hit with a #HeroinEpidemic
While covering a story on #HumanTrafficking a local #pimp brought me into the abandoned house where he lived, showing me the #heroin he keeps for his girls. This is real and it is killing our brothers and sisters around the country. We are in a #StateOfEmergency
TGIF….yet?! What a month it has been, many changes happening in the world, at times a feeling of being groundless ebbs in. Read more…