From Concept to Creation

Needed Change is a seed from which "change" can grow. With the recent tumultuous political and economic situations, many adopted the slogan, "Change we can believe in." But in most instances, we found it only to be a slogan. As time has passed, the hunger for "change" has starved itself out of the picture. Like numerous others, we felt our job was done and we could wait for this so called "change" to show itself.

Personally, we have not been able to find the change and dreams recently promised. Economic stability, careers, doing what we love, and making a difference have eluded us almost completely. From our own experiences in the workforce or with personal business endeavours, we found ourselves in the same boat as many Americans and citizens of other countries, barely afloat.

Instead of wasting one more valuable minute waiting for this so called "change" we have put into place a plan to submerse ourselves in the homeless culture that millions across the world are suffering from. Our goal is not just to document problems like many before us, but to help make the needed change. By doing so, we hope to better understand and address this horrible epidemic.

By becoming one with this forgotten society we will need to learn to survive all over again. From life's basic needs such as food and shelter to handling the mental strain of life on the streets, this will be a test of will and core beliefs.

Kevin Saftner, Galen Sisco, and Drew A. Dayton are taking the first step in creating change. The first step is not words or feelings, but actions. Our journey will take us to the streets of Miami and undoubtedly many more places. With photography, film, and pen we will document our experiences in this whole new world we will be entering. Together we hope to find solutions for the Needed Change.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Feeling the Chill

Our hut had somewhat of a mishap yesterday.  During the two hour downpour our roof caved in.  We were able to get it fixed with some driftwood and random pieces of string lying around.  It held well through the very windy night.  The blanket situation did not do as well as the roof though.  The wind cuts right through the thread.  It was probably the toughest night of sleep yet.  I am just thankful though for the tarp roof and having a blanket at all.  There are still many others that are much worse of than us.

Moment of motivation - I saw a man in a suit bum a cigarette from a homeless man.  It was an interesting situation.  I'm not sure who it said more about the homeless man or the business man.  The fact that this man with nothing would give one of his few items or that a man in a suit and getting out of a jaguar had the audacity to take from one with nothing.  Seems to be all too common.  But this project is focused on the creating positivity and I will choose to remember the man with nothing giving what he has over the latter.

- Kevin

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