TWINSBURG -- Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside in Cleveland is the largest shelter in Ohio, serving more than 4,500 men who are homeless each year.
The Portraits of Homelessness collection, a portion of which is now being shown at the Twinsburg Public Library through February, features 47 photographs and stories of residents in the Greater Cleveland area since 2010.
"I hope to give a more nuanced look at those who are homeless, in place of the stereotypes," said the Rev. Lydia Bailey, photographer of the collection. "It's a reflection of my 10 years working at the shelter. 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 and begin to know their challenges -- you pick up on the individual. Here are concerns and hopes like yours and mine."
Funding for the exhibit was provided by The Dominion Foundation and Community West Foundation. LMM serves and advocates with youth-at-risk; people involved in the criminal justice system; adults with long-term care needs; and people who are homeless. LMM serves more than 10,000 people annually with the help of hundreds of partners and thousands of volunteers.
The Twinsburg Public Library is at 10050 Ravenna Road in Twinsburg. The library thanks Melissa Foster, one of Aurora High School's service learning class teachers; as well as students Anna Davis and Jeremy Thorn for bringing this collection to the attention of the Twinsburg Public Library staff. The library is honored to share it with the community.
For more information on Portraits of Homelessness, visit www.portraitsofhomelessness.com or contact Bailey at 216-649-7723.