In our latest project we worked with Pictures of Hope founder Linda Solomon to help homeless youth grab a hold of their dreams. Pictures of Hope is a program that works with shelters, like the Drueding Center in Philadelphia, to give children a fresh outlook on life by opening their eyes to new possibilities – through photography.
It wasn’t easy to get the kids to dream for a better life – it took awhile for them to see success as a possibility. When they did, the responses were honest and heartfelt. Some hoped for their mothers to get a job. Some for a place of their own. Some children even wanted to help others and feed the homeless.
After a photography tutorial, the children were surprised with cameras of their own. Their expressions were priceless. It didn’t take long before they started snapping away. Most of us from the Gethrr clan that volunteered are experienced photographers, so we offered to select and edit the final images. In November, Chapman Chevrolet will host a “Meet The Young Artist Reception” to celebrate the children’s photographs. They’ll be sold as holiday cards to benefit the Drueding Center.
A shout out to Linda and Pictures of Hope for bringing the program to Philly, the Drueding Center, who work with these children everyday, and Chapman Chevy owner Steve Wepryk and the volunteers from the dealership who pitched in.
A big thanks to all the Gethrr folks who came to volunteer their time. It was a blast, and we can’t wait to show off the final product of Hopes and Dreams envisioned by these amazing children.
“Our 7 year old daughters helped out too. Here’s a preview of Logan’s holiday card, with Ava and Bella. – Michael & Melissa McManus