Portraits of Homelessness Exhibit

Exhibit: October 20-November 5
The Gallery at Trinity
Dean’s Forum: Oct. 20, 10:10 a.m. with Michael Sering, Vice President of Housing and Shelter, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

Reception: Saturday, Nov. 2  6-9 p.m. (poetry readings, 7-8 p.m.) Finding Voice, Poetry and Portraits from 2100 Lakeside Men’s Emergency Shelter by Annie Holden, Poetry Facilitator

The Portraits of Homelessness collection features 45 photographs and stories of residents from the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside in Cleveland.

According to Lydia Bailey, on staff at the shelter and creator of the collection of portraits and stories, “When you see the expression on a person’s face; hear the inflection in a person’s voice; work with a person who is homeless and know their strengths, begin to know their challenges — you pick up on the individual. These are 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 confusing, fearful and damaging elements of homelessness. It’s gratifying to have recorded the stories and photographs of these individuals who feel largely invisible; who feel loss living in a shelter and on the street. Stories can help address that loss — uncovering who the person is; what they most love and long for; their deepest hopes and concerns.”

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Men’s Shelter is the largest shelter in Ohio, serving more than 4,500 men who are homeless each year. The collection has been showing throughout the Greater Cleveland area since 2010, including Cleveland’s City Hall. Full funding for the exhibit was provided by The Dominion Foundation and Community West Foundation.

Michael Sering, Director of Housing and Shelter at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry said, “In this show we can see a powerful microcosm of humanity and society — strength and frailty, brokenness and resilience, hope and sorrow, and indeed potential.”

Related: The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America