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Exposed: Hidden Victims of Homelessness

  • Published: May 08, 2012

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Alicia Nestle (585) 389-2457

Exposed: Hidden Victims of Homelessness

Nazareth College hosts a riveting photographic exhibition, Exposed: Rochester’s Hidden Victims of Homelessness PhotoVoice Exhibit, from May 15 – May 31, 2012 in the Lorette Wilmot Library lobby on the Nazareth campus. There will be an opening night reception on May 17 at 6 p.m. in the Lorette Wilmot Library that will include remarks from multiple PhotoVoice participants exhibiting their photos and writings, the Chair of the Homeless Services Network Carrie Michel-Wynne, and Daan Braveman, president of Nazareth College. The exhibition is free and open to the public.  Please visit or call (585) 389-2129 for library hours. To request more information on the PhotoVoice Exhibition, please contact Alicia Nestle in the marketing and communications office at (585) 389-2457. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. 

Refreshments will be served at the opening night reception.

About the Exhibition:
Exposed: Rochester’s Hidden Victims of Homelessness PhotoVoice Exhibition allows members of the homeless community to share their daily living conditions and struggles while stimulating new ideas and solutions to the epidemic of homelessness. The exhibition features 30 photos and writing pieces created by the participants and will also be displayed at the City Hall Link Gallery in November in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month.
In fall 2011, Leanne Charlesworth, associate professor of social work at Nazareth, initiated the PhotoVoice Exhibition in an effort to bring awareness to homelessness in Rochester while also building the participants’ photography and writing skills. The PhotoVoice participants not only took pictures of their daily lives but also wrote short paragraphs reflecting on their captured moments.

Kodak donated cameras to the project, which were distributed with the help of Homeless Services Network to individuals who have accessed housing support provided by the Center for Youth, Mercy Community Services, Sojourner House, Wilson Commencement Park, and YWCA.

This exhibition was made possible with support from the following companies and organizations: Center for Youth, Gateway and Company, Homeless Services Network, Kodak, Mercy Community Services, Sojourner House, Wilson Commencement Park, YWCA, and Ben Werzinger, Co-Founder, PluggedIN Co. Internal faculty and staff of Nazareth College also contributed to this great cause, including Assistant Professor of Art Paul Porrell, Professor of English Ginny Skinner-Linnenberg, Associate Professor of Management Deb LaBelle, and Director of Community Service Adam Lewandowski.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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