Idaho Native Seeks to Call Attention to Nation’s Homelessness
While this time of year many are taking time to reflect on those less fortunate, one Coeur d'Alene native has taken the issue a step further. Justin Doering has spent the last three-and-a-half months working on a project called "50 Sandwiches." He's gone to places such as New York, San Francisco, and Orlando interviewing homeless people around the country in an effort to give the nation a better understanding of their plight and their situation.
Doering says,"That's the entire idea of the project is try to shed some light to the public on what being homeless really is. I'm trying to capture their stories and experiences that I think often go without being heard."
Doering's efforts has lead him to interview roughly a hundred homeless people and shares what he has learned about them along the way.
"I've been turned down many many times, but I would say it's about 50-50. Some of them are simple situations, like I lost my job, but so many of them are just one thing after another as if almost homelessness was where they were destined to be."
Doering continues, "universal principle that every single person, homeless person that I've talked to, would be without a doubt, treating them like their people."
Doering has been writing a book chronicling his experiences. No word at this time as to when it will be finished.