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Because everyone CAN do SOMETHING and how I learned what I could do. http://www.whoareweinc.org

My husband has been taking photographs at homeless shelters for years. He returns with prints and gives them to the people. It's his way of giving back. I've always been on the periphery, seeing the faces on paper and commenting on the photography. He has amassed thousands of images - some are so powerful they make you want to cry. But it wasn't until I got an inspiration to help him share these images that I truly began to understand the depth of the need growing in the US for programs to support those suffering from homelessness and hunger. With my urging, my husband is releasing the photos for use in a book which we aim to crowdfund. We're earning nothing from the effort. The only people who will benefit from the project are the clients of the programs we aim to assist. I've begun learning something personal about each of the human beings in the photos. I've begun to interact with the people running the shelters and struggling constantly to find funding. I've begun to understand that homelessness has many faces - not just on paper in a photo, but real, live human beings with beauty and dignity and a story to add to the tapestry of life. Families, teens, veterans, and a dozen other labels describe those falling through the cracks. But one label applies to all of them and to all of us - human. We're one human family and we are all interconnected. What happens to you, happens to me. And everyone of us can do something to make the world a better place. Using the talent given to my husband and the inspiration given to me one night out of the blue, The Who Are We Project aims to bring awareness of that connection to the public eye. We hope to create something beautiful - not just a book of photography, but a legacy to those in need and in the process to raise funds for the important programs that are making survival possible for so many. I'm changed as a result - deep in my soul. I'll never see the world the same again. From now on, I'll wonder what I can do to make it a better place. And that's my giving story.

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