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.

Monday, March 8, 2010


We're excited to bring you some huge news on what we accomplished today. This morning we met with the Director of Community Development for the Miami Rescue Mission, Marilyn Brummitt. This Non-profit feeds, houses, clothes, and provides a program for over 300 people daily. What we are going to do is go through a 3 day intake program (within the next week or two) undercover with these homeless people in the men's facility to really get the feel for what goes on there without our cameras. Through this, we hope to get a better feel for what some of these people go through on a daily basis all while taking notes, meeting the homeless, and after the program, getting interviews on camera.

That's not the big news, the biggest part is the willingness and passion of these people to help us through helping them...not only are we going to have a place to stay, we have a place to keep all of our equipment safe, we have a place to keep our car parked instead of sleeping in it/driving around in it, we are also going to be able, if we choose, to get meals from the shelter. What has been extended to us will be a more authentic experience and it affords us the opportunity to meet many homeless people from different walks and get them on film if they so choose.

What we saw today in that shelter was awesome and breath-taking...the Miami Rescue Mission does incredible work at getting homeless people off of drugs, out of gangs, sleeping on the street, and gives them a second chance that is almost too good to be true. Surprisingly to us, 30% of the staff at the Mission has gone through the program and they really show a dedication to getting people out of the mess they were once in.

Through Marilyn, we met a 60 year old man named Carlos who has been in the film industry his whole life. Being unfulfilled by a money oriented life and also being in a bad spot, he turned to the Mission. He went through the program and not 2 years removed from it, he has his own studio in the building where he edits and produces all of the films (which he also shoots) and videos that the Miami Rescue Mission puts out which are incredible. He's going to be a vital asset to our cause because he lived the homeless life without much more than the shirt on his back and now is an awesome success story.

We also met a young man named Joseph Warnell who gave us a tour of just some of the shelter facilities including the education facility, dorms, chapel, medical building, and cafeteria. What was awesome about Joseph was his passion, with an unrivaled ferocity, to be a living, breathing example of a second chance. Joseph confided in us that he was a drug user living in the streets and had a pretty troubled past. Now he is in the program and working his way up to graduation and is excited to give us his testimony on camera. Can't wait for you guys to meet him.

We wish we could express through this blog what we witnessed and will be witnessing over the next few weeks is as moving as it is fascinating as it is genuine. We promise you what we will be filming will be worth your while and we hope to be posting some videos in the near future.

I hope through what you'll see we can help raise awareness and change the perception of what a vast majority think the homeless culture entails. We learned today that millionaires, children of politicians, and people you'd never expect in a homeless shelter end up there because they literally have nowhere to turn to when times are tougher than they can handle.

On a side note, last night where we slept...we saw many tents set-up and cars parked along the bay beach off of the highway and thought people camped there. We found out through the Mission that it was the homeless sex offender community. Oh well, we're safe and had one of the most killer views of Miami we've ever seen, you'll have to wait and see.

Again, we can't express how awesome some things are just lining up for us with this project, we have many goals concerning it and we hope to achieve them but we can't do it without your help. Get your friends to follow us too, one of our goals is to have 10,000 followers on our facebook page so everyone please invite your friends.

We'll have some more big news and hopefully some video soon within the near future. For now, take care guys, and keep following!

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