Heading Home is an organization trying to end homelessness in the Boston area by providing permanent housing solutions. I began volunteering in 1996 and got to know many of the men, women, and families that they serve by spending time in one of their Cambridge facilities.

As a photographer, I realized that I could help to raise public awareness about the problem of homelessness by taking portraits that would contradict the stereotypes that most people associate with the homeless. The men, women and children that I have had the privilege to meet shared their life stories with me, and told me about their experience with homelessness. Most feel anonymous and faceless, shunned and feared by a society that would prefer to avoid them. These portraits, taken over a two-year period, are an effort to put a face on the problem of homelessness, a problem that has only worsened after the recent economic crisis.

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