Photo 101, Day 6: The human connection

A human connection. Maria and Eric.

A human connection. Maria and Eric.

“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.”

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About Jim McKeever

Writer, father, runner, advocate based in Central New York.
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9 Responses to Photo 101, Day 6: The human connection

  1. markbialczak says:

    A winner, all the way, Jim.

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  2. I hope the coat/sleeping bag is the start of a difference if that’s what Eric wants. (I say that because I’ve met some folks who don’t want to return to families and ‘homes’.)

    Like

  3. I love the human connection aspect of your photo Jim! I remember seeing a video of the parka/sleeping bag entrepreneur – an amazing story! ❤
    Diana xo

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  4. Angie Mc says:

    Reblogged this on Angie Mc's Reblog Love and commented:
    Jim’s photo captures practical love in action. He writes, “Eric has been sleeping in a doorway for about three weeks, after a stay in a shelter.”

    Liked by 1 person

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