Streets: the Hidden Voices

January 15, 2016


Julie Thompson Dobkin


The Kant Institute Hidden Truths Project presents Streets: The Hidden Voices

The 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress reported on any given night in the United States, there are approximately 578,424 homeless individuals.  One-quarter of this population were children under the age of 18.

Twenty percent of the nation’s homeless individuals reside in California with over 15,300 of them living in Orange County, where affordable housing is well out of their reach.  Homelessness has no age, race or gender discrimination, including the young and old, men and women, chronic and newly homeless, alone and in families.

Someone Cares: Soup Kitchen and Tutoring Program services this community by providing 120,000 hot, nutritious meals annually to 350 guests a day, seven days a week.  In addition, the Soup Kitchen provides after-school literacy and academic achievement assistance to the impoverished and at-risk students in K-4th grade.  It is their motto that feeding the minds and bodies of the children is vital to their well-being and can become a tool to help them overcome the chains of poverty.

Streets: the Hidden Voices is being held on February 20th at the Gray Matter Museum of Art in Costa Mesa, California.  The fundraiser consists of original works of art by Susan Nelson, Brian Peterson (The Faces of Santa Ana), photography by Ryan Gooding, Julie Thompson-Dobkin, Motel Stories: a short documentary by Ryan Esfahani, and documented interviews with guests at Someone Cares: Soup Kitchen by Finn Dobkin .  Through painting, photography, film, and written words, the faces and stories of these individuals living on the streets in Orange County, California were shared.  The art highlighted the human side of those who struggle yet rise above adversity to create their own sense of community.

The beneficiary of the event is Someone Cares: Soup Kitchen and Tutoring Program.

100 % of sales of the artwork is donated to the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen.


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