“Connect” can be represented in many ways, literally and figuratively. I went for a little of both — the item on the table between these two people, and the concept of human connection.
On the right is Eric, 46, a homeless man in Syracuse, NY. On the left is Maria Sweeney, who works tirelessly for others in our city, including the homeless. Eric has been sleeping in a doorway for about three weeks, after a stay in a shelter. The item on the table that “connects” them?
It’s a parka that converts into a sleeping bag. Maria arranged for Eric to have one through a very generous donor in California — Eric’s home state. The coats are made by homeless women in Detroit through a not-for-profit, The Empowerment Plan, begun by Veronika Scott when she was 20.
Its motto: “We believe in giving second chances to those who want it, and providing warmth to those who need it.”