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April 23, 2010

Portraits of Homelessness

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Lecture and Reception - May 6
5-7 p.m., Third Floor Atrium,
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Exhibit Dates: May 6 - June 20, 2010

Lydia Bailey’s Portraits of Homelessness exhibit features 40 photographs and stories of the residents served by the 2100 Lakeside Men’s Emergency Homeless Shelter. Run by the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, the shelter is the largest in Ohio and serves more than 3,000 men each year.

Ms. Bailey, Coordinator of Volunteers at the 2100 Shelter explains, “I have been able to see these men not as an abstract problem, but as individuals with concerns and hopes like yours and mine. Through this show, I hope to convey their gifts and vital personalities as well as the hopeless, confusing, fearful human elements of homelessness.”

According to Michael Sering, Director of Housing & Shelter at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, “In these portraits of homelessness we can see a powerful microcosm of humanity and society- strength and frailty, brokenness and resilience, hope and sorrow, and indeed potential.”

An opening reception will inaugurate the exhibit. Join us for light refreshments and meet some of the men who are subjects in the portraits. Ms. Bailey will share her experiences creating the exhibit and Cleve Gilmore, Dean of the Mandel School, will provide opening remarks. Additional speakers include:

  • Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development
  • Michael Sering, Director of Housing & Shelter at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
  • Stephen Inchak, Congressional Staff to US Rep. Dennis Kucinich
  • Peter Schindler, Community West Foundation

We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact Kristen Kirchgesler or June Hund at (216) 368-2302 if you have any questions.