Homes Within, Communities Without
In the economic meltdown, the specter of homelessness looms over many people who once felt secure. So, when PlatteForum and Lighthouse Writers Workshop gave me the opportunity to create a short film exhibit on the theme of community, I wanted to relate that topic to homelessness. We often hear that Americans have lost their sense of community. I wondered, “Have I?” We often hear that homeless people have “fallen through the cracks.” I wondered, “How do they hold onto community?” "Homes Within, Communities Without" is a pair of digital stories in which a young homeless woman and I each explore our experience of community. For Audrey Haynes, community goes wherever she goes. For me, community begins at home. Audrey lives just two miles from me, yet worlds apart. Still, we share one important desire: to connect.
You can check out her video and mine under the two most recent blog posts on the subject of Community: