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"Where I Slept" reveals unseen side of homelessness

October 20, 2009

In the spring of 2007, Transition Projects, Inc., asked residents of TPI shelters to photograph where they slept while living on the street. Their photographs make up the book "Where I Slept," recently released by TPI. The book features contributions from a number of local electeds, including Commissioners Fish and Leonard, Mayor Adams, County Commissioners Cogen and Kafoury, and County Chair Wheeler.

The book also serves as a commemoration of TPI's 40th anniversary as a social service agency working to serve people's basic needs as they transition from homelessness to housing. Windermere Real Estate sponsored the publication.

Says Chair Wheeler, "The most basic thing we can do to help the homeless is to reach out to them and acknowledge them as fellow human beings. The worst thing we can do is pretend that they don't exist."