Our newest partner, Interfaith Association NW, opened an art show Saturday January 22 (in conjunction with the monthly art walk in Everett and the One Night Count this week). The show is designed to increase awareness around homelessness through art – which was produced by adults and youth who have experienced or are experiencing homeless. The artwork is very moving, and is a true expression of the pain and challenges – as well as a feeling of hopefullness– people face when they lose their home. The art created by the youth from Cocoon House was most moving to me – knowing the struggles these children/ youth have faced in their lives, and what they can expect to face in their future. Here’s a link to a story in the Everett Herald on the show.
The FFH project supported the show through a special showing of a film on Sunday afternoon for local faith communities. My Own Four Walls offers children and youth a place to tell their story … how they became homeless, and how it affects them. The packed room was silent for a several minutes after the showing ss the men, women and children digested the powerful message. We then offered a space for the audience to share their feelings, insights and ask questions. Attendees were then encouraged to take action – and teFaith and Family Homelessness project was one of the several venues they could explore.