About Portraits of Homelessness

Photos and stories of men who are homeless

The Portraits of Homelessness collection, featuring 45 photographs and stories of residents from the Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside, will be on display at Ursuline College’s Wasmer Gallery from November 2 through January 4, 2013 with an opening reception on Friday, November 2nd from 5-7p.m. In January & February 2013, it will show at Old Stone Church on Public Square, Cleveland, including a forum on homelessness at Old Stone on January 13th. In April 2013 the exhibit will travel to Washington, DC, to be part of Lutheran Services Association National Conference.

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside is the largest shelter in Ohio, serving over 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.

According to Lydia Bailey, Volunteer Coordinator at the shelter and photographer of the collection, “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.”

Michael Sering, Director of Housing & 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.”

For further information on Portraits of Homelessness, contact Lydia Bailey at 216-649-7723.

The Portraits of Homelessness collection features 45 photographs and stories of residents from the Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside

Read some of their stories below

Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson

2100, a place so supposedly dismal, is where I had the opportunity to garden and do murals. I always lived in apartments, never had the opportunity for gardening or for painting; I never had the space, never had the equipment. I learned about vegetable gardens - even...

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Robert Moncrief

Robert Moncrief

It's lingered in the back of my mind: I served my country, protected people, and now, being a veteran, nobody seems like they give a damn whether I do or don't. When I first arrived at 2100, I was so stressed out that I just wanted to end my life - go down to the...

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