Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside is the largest shelter in Ohio, annually serving over 3,000 men who are homeless. The Portraits of Homelessness gallery features 40 photos and stories of the shelter residents.


Lydia Bailey, photographer and Volunteer Coordinator at the Men’s Shelter, said, “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, we hope to convey their gifts and vital personalities as well as the hopeless, confusing, fearful, human elements of homelessness.”


According to Michael Sering, Vice President of Housing & Shelter at LMM, “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.”





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