HOUSTON, TX – When we look at Houston’s skyline, we probably don’t see or even think about the homeless men and women who live in the streets. A new exhibit sponsored by “Home Aid Houston” displayed at a corporate building downtown, reminds us of the experiences, suffering and point of view of those who might pass unnoticed to many.
HOUSTON (FOX 26) -Despite having a temporary job for the past year and a half Vernon Spivey has made his sleeping arrangements out on the streets of Downtown Houston.
“That’s a lot of what happens to these dudes, you see them walking around but they don’t look homeless until you see them go to sleep,” said Spivey.
HOUSTON—Driving around the city in a green van emblazoned with the logo of Search Homeless Services, she makes regular rounds on sidewalks and campsites frequented by people living on the streets. One of the sites where she almost always finds homeless men and women sits on the banks of Buffalo Bayou at Allen’s Landing, the birthplace of Houston.
The PICTURE THIS Project, underwritten by HomeAid Houston, a non-profit, empowers homeless people to tell their story through photography. The first agency to participate in this creative project is SEARCH Homeless Services. See what the Katy News has to say!
Photographer and writer Terry Swenson took pictures of homeless people in downtown Houston for years before she decided she had things backward.
Next Swenson approached the president and CEO of Search, Thao Costis. Swenson explained that she was looking for Search clients who were interested in the photography experiment and willing to follow her simple rules.
Soon 48 volunteers promised to use the disposable cameras to document their lives, return the cameras at the end of five days and allow Swenson to show their work in “Picture This.”
HomeAid has developed a number of on-going partnerships with some of Houston’s most notable care providers. Gracewood, SEARCH Homeless Services, Santa Maria Hostel and the De George at Union Station are a few.
Don Hall, a 58-year-old former addict and drug felon who spent time on the streets before he got clean, is dressed this afternoon in a smooth workout shirt and sneakers.
Since 2003, NCHV has sought out successful, innovative Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) practices in providing employment services to homeless veterans. SEARCH is one of the top 20 profiles listed.
Career Gear, is a nonprofit organization in Houston that dresses men in business suits before they go on job interviews. The men are referred through social-service agencies such as Goodwill, SEARCH and SER-Jobs for Progress.
Fox News Anchor Mike Iscovitz interviewed The Tasting Room’s Executive Chef Steve Marks and SEARCH CEO Thao Costis about the 3rd Annual Back to School with SEARCH campaign.