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 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 the homeless 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. Audrey Haynes is a writer and artist, too, so she shares her story in her own words. Audrey lives just two miles from me, yet worlds apart. Still, we share one important desire: to connect.
This is Audrey's brief video. Next week, I'll share mine. I hope you'll watch both, and that they'll prompt you to share your own thoughts. What connects you to community?
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