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Oct. 21, 2016

"Portraits of Homelessness” featured in City’s Vision Gallery  

Chandler’s Vision Gallery will host a “Portraits of Homelessness” exhibition from Nov. 3-12, with an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5-7 p.m. The Vision Gallery is on the first floor of Chandler City Hall and is located at 10 E. Chicago St. The exhibit will feature photographs and stories of homeless individuals from the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging System (I-HELP). The program is administered by the Chandler Christian Community Center. 

The exhibition was spearheaded by Chandler City Councilmember Kevin Hartke (who also is pastor of Trinity Christian Fellowship) and the late John Power, a longtime community volunteer and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Bill Rotondo, I-HELP coordinator. 

“The exhibit is eye-opening and by looking at the photographs, you wouldn’t be able to tell they were homeless,” said Councilmember Hartke. “The photographs and accompanying stories will challenge the stereotypical view of homelessness and also share the incredible success of the I-HELP program.” 

Power took most of the photos, but passed away unexpectedly a few months ago. Robin Finlinson continued taking photos for the gallery to complete the exhibit. Each photograph has a written narrative completed by Lynne Hartke, Penny Boese and Hannah Boese. The exhibit will be dedicated in Power’s memory. 

I-HELP provides a safe place to sleep and a hot meal for homeless adults every night of the year. With hundreds of volunteers who contribute more than 14,000 volunteer hours a year, I-HELP assists the homeless in acquiring job placement, emergency shelter and a place to call home. The program also offers case management services to connect homeless individuals to resources needed to regain stability and break the cycle of homelessness. 

For more information on I-HELP, visit chandlerfoodbank.org/i-help/.

Note: Free parking for the Vision Gallery is available in the City Hall garage located on Washington Street, between Frye Road and Chicago Street.