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.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Through the eyes of the homeless

Hey I'm Raivis Gerix i'm from Latvia, small town village "Vilgale". I come to United States many months ago i am an explorer. This is my biggest mission in my life and always happen with me so many good things, and i'm very lucky to do this, but its very hard living homless. nobody can tell that i am homeless when im looking for job or place to stay in the daytime and i never know where i can get a place under the roof after midnight. The nightlife on streets is terribly dangerous, i move from NY city like a month ago to Miami South Beach.

After two weeks on streets walking around i meet so many peoples and then one day i was sitting on chair close to Ocean Drive and thinking so many things and i was very scared and then i meet Kevin Saftner and Galen Sisco and Drew A.Dayton. These guys was something amazing, they are doing so much good things for so many peoples, and i appreciate when they give me a chance to do what i really looking for, exploring America and wanting to see a lot of happy faces everywhere and im so lucky to do that.

This mission to is very dangerous life, and its very difficult to survive homeless, its the hardest life ever, and so many peoples just laugh to see the faces but they do not how hard is it to survive in night. Its very hard to see that when somebody eat a ice cream, or enyoying a cigarette and you have a empty pockets, and is no chance to get something, and then your feelings is terrible, but i know that because i was and i am, in the same situation. Now i have a chance to go back and work, get money, family, and im looking forward to this journey and i'm going to help them how much i can, and together we can do that !

Yesterday we come from Miami to North Carolina - Charlotte, today we are going in wild, looking for place to stay and food and to find the homeless and get stories and help them. I want to see whats happen with their lives and just survive every single day.


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