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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

V.I.P Luncheon

Each day that passes I get more encouraged by what's happening. Today we were invited to the Miami Rescue Mission's V.I.P. Luncheon where we spent the day with some very spectacular people from places such as the Broward, Pompano, and Hollywood Rescue Missions. Everyone was very receptive, warm, and intrigued with our project. We were received by a room full of applause as we were introduced by Marilyn Brummitt, which to me says a lot because we were in a room full of people who have dedicated years and years of service to helping and solving the homeless epidemic. I can't say I've ever really felt the sense of pride I feel now by helping these people who are struggling so hard to make it.

When you take a step back, it's not so hard to realize there are always problems out there bigger than your own personal ones, but when you take the extra step to help those in troubled times it almost feels as if the reward comes instantly and constantly keeps you going. This reward is not monetary, fame-related, or, this reward is watching a person go from feeling like they are a nobody to feeling like a human being with a purpose. I can't say I've ever been moved so dramatically and I don't want this to stop. What we're doing here is just the first steps of what I want to be involved with until I can no longer breathe. The injustices of this world stand no chance against the helping hand and it's high-time I've finally acted upon that. Thank you to everyone involved with the luncheon and everyone who is helping us with this project, I assure you that together we are already making a difference.  -Galen

All of those who have been offering us support are once again being thanked by not only myself but all of the members of "Needed Change". The luncheon today as mentioned above, was a total success, most everyone to this point has been a key factor in helping us meet our goals. On a personal level I feel these few days have changed me for the better.  I look forward to finding what the future holds. The next few weeks should be very humbling and we look forward to keeping all of you up to date with our endevors   -Drew A. Dayton

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