This photograph was taken in the morning, before work in Chicago’s Loop, which if not familiar is right downtown where all the El-trains meet. Even as a social worker, I’m often guilty of just walking by – the problem is too big, what am I supposed to do to help…etc. I was once asked by a relative how best to deal with the panhandlers she encounters and I suggested whether she gives money or not, make eye contact and recognize humanity, theirs and ours. Something that makes homelessness even more difficult is the feeling you’ve become invisible.
In the days I’ve spent working with people who are struggling, it’s what I’ve been told by them time and time again.
Have a nice day.