On Sunday, Feb. 2nd 2014 one of our interviewees, Dana Robinson, was killed on Putnam Ave, Cambridge in the early morning. Although the details around his death are currently unclear, we want to send our deepest, warmest condolences to the family members, loved ones, and people his death has impacted.
Exactly one year ago, we met and interviewed Dana Robinson for this website. At the time, he was homeless and acting as the nursing assistant for his elderly mother. He often lovingly talked about his mother and his 19 year old son. He agreed to be a part of this project because he believed in its objective to bring greater awareness around the plight of homelessness in society. Having later been interviewed in stories related to this project on NPR (National Public Radio) and in the Cambridge Chronicle, he detailed his struggles to the public for the betterment of his fellow men and women. We honor his efforts on raising awareness on homelessness. REST IN POWER Dana Robinson.
- C Hope
howdoyoulikethemeggrolls asked: Great shots. Any word on if and how much the signs have increased the money they get?Thanks
The first phase of this project has never been about “increasing the money” they get from the new signs. We pay them for their original signs, and I help many of them try to find housing and work in the Boston area. But in fact, many of the homeless individual’s original signs in our project are not soliciting for money. The signs become an extension of each individual’s self-expression (since they contribute to the design and we use their original text), and act as an invitation to conversation. We as a society cannot solve homelessness without first humanizing the homeless. This means recognizing they are a historically excluded group that suffers great prejudice, in addition to knowing that the experience of homelessness is dehumanizing itself.
We ask for compassion, as people learn more about the reasons why people are actually homeless. Now, there is a strong possibility that the next phase of this project may explore more direct solution-oriented programming. So please stay tuned!