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|Comments:||Dear Carey, my name is Rana (Renee) I'm a 47 year old woman living in Columbus in the women's shelter called Rebecca's Place. I was successful, and had it all up until 2005. I never in a million years thought I'd ever become homeless, but I am. I've gone from homeowner, employee of the month at Nationwide Children's Hospital, mother, missionary (Kenya 1998) and wife to committing a crime to support a $300 a day drug habit (which began with prescribed medication) which led me to Marysville (ORW) for a year. Since my release, I've ended up in Rebecca's Place, to a transitional home where I couldn't pay my rent due to being unemployed to back to Rebecca's. I'm losing my will to go on, I just can't see my way out of my situation. I seen you photos today and ran into some of the people in your photos at the Grubb Street soup kitchen or walking downtown. Why I'm writting all this to
you, I don't know. I'm in desparate need of a job, and housing. If someone would just give me a chance?!!! I want to begin to live again. I have a background in Marketing in the Healthcare arena and managed a physician referral line for Children's Hospital for 11-years prior to my felony. I'm bright, articulate and just need a chance. Maybe someone will hear me. I'm fortunate enough to have a bed at the shelter for now. I've been clean for 2 yrs., 2 months and 17 days. My life is a mess and I feel so beat down. Maybe you can point me the right direction or to an organization that may be able to help me? My email address is RRMiller05@yahoo.com or you can leave a message at Rebecca's Place by calling 614-251-2937. God Bless you and your work is amazing. What is the solution to homelessness? My dream is to open up a homeless facility (old motel or apartment complex)for men and women and children with long-term success, not just a bandaid. I'm praying for God's grace through this time in my life and that someone will hear me and show me the way out of being homeless. Sincerely, Rana Miller
|Comments:||Hello, old friend. I like your website a lot. Much beauty and creativity. If you have some time free in the future, maybe we can get together for coffee.
|Comments:||Thank you Carey, for taking the pictures you have and posting some of them here. The names by people's pictures make them real. The "clean-up" process will not, and hopefully never, leave my mind.
|Comments:||that was such a great story. it nearky made me cry trying to think people actually live like that. im so sorry for anyone who are homeless or knows anyone that is.|
|Comments:||that was such a great story. it nearky made me cry trying to think people actually live like that. im so sorry for anyone who are homeless or knows anyone that is.|
|Comments:||Very nice.Thanks for sharing
|Name:||Donald J. DeHart|
|Comments:||Great story and pics on the homeless....God bless you & them.|
Thank you for donating your time and artistic ability once again this year to take and print professional pictures for the children and families living in poverty or low-income situations in the community surrounding New Life United Methodist Church. Our children were so proud to take the pictures home to their families. We all enjoyed having you at our gift-making event; you added lots of love and joy.
Christmas blessings now and always,
|Comments:||Your wonderful captures of the Good Neighbors Picnic are priceless and visualize the essence of the event. You cannot distinguish the volunteers from the guests. Perfect!
Thank you so much for your support of our mission while drawing more attention to this important community need.
What a beautiful site you have created. You have filled your life with meaning and shown what good will is really about year round.
Thank you for being such an inspiration to others around you and now reaching out even further through this medium.
|Comments:||me and my boyfriend are homeless right now and just looking at the pics you have on here just makes me want to cry and we are hopeing before it gets to much colder we will be off the streets of ohio and then we can help out the homeless some day to..|
|Comments:||I've been homeless off and on, I'm also a bit of a amateur photographer. More into playing with light then photographing life.
I've seen your work on here. I think their is alot of misconception about being "homeless." For me personally it is a preferred way of life, a simple nomadic style of living. I can honestly say that I can hold a job and have been very successful at it, moving up the corporate later, succeeding in college and the like. But to be completely honest, I'm miserable.
When I was homeless, for the most part that is, I was very content with life. The only down side is the hassle from the police, and the fear of incarceration. But with better planning I hope to last more then last time, as of now the longest run I've had was 2 years, I hope to avoid normal life for at least this long as I set out again, to claim a truly independent life style, that doesn't rely on foreign trade to make it day to day.
I really just wish more people understood that its not able being lazy, or addicted to drugs, because I have neither problem, nor is it mental illness, as I don't believe in the majority of that nonsense. But it is for some people a better way of life.
When you have to worry about what your eat next, instead of what thing you want to buy next, life just seems so much more simple and honest.
|Comments:||I am "mentaly ill" but also thought of as a "genius" but I am presently unable to hold a job due to anxiety and other things in my mind. I will be getting back on S.S.I. and S.S.D.I. soon. I want to use my money from Social Security to live off of the land and I need advice on different things. I want to be in the perfect and civilized nature. I want to learn how to trap and eat meat cooked over a campfire and loose my fat and feel awesome about everything that I experience. Please help.|
|Comments:||life is fragal, we all take to much for granted. We all could be homeless at any given time in our lives. I due thank God for what I have and pray to my higher power every day for guidance and to learn from each experance.|
|Comments:||Once again a fabulous work of art. Your pictures always instill in me the need to help out more. Thank you for enlightening me once again. Happy Holidays.
|Comments:||I am a teenager. Christmas is nearing and I can't wait! Yet around this time, when I walk outside into the cold weather, I get this great sense of depression. I myself am cold, but there is always someone else out there who has no place to call home. No place to go to stay warm. And I feel terrible. So this year, I've decided to do something. I have made flyers, and I plan on handing them to family, friends, and neighbors. I ask them to donate blankets, sheets,towls, etc. I plan to give them to shelters around town. I know this isn't a big thing, but at least I will be abe to know that I put a smile on someone's face this holiday season! I would like to comment your pictures, and tell y ou they touched me, and influenced me to help out! Keep up the good work! You can inspire many more teenagers like me!|
|Comments:||I was homeless in Houston Texas during the winter of 1980, at age 20. How that happened is a long sad story. The main reason was because I had just gotten out of the US Army and had nowhere to live. Nobody seemed to care about helping the homeless except the people at the Mission down town. There were a lot of people there. The price to stay there was reasonable for people with no money at all. The price was listening to a sermon. They preached to us before they gave us something to eat. After we ate they gave us a place to shower and a bed for the night. At least one or two days a week we could trade our dirty clothes in for clean ones.
The Salvation Army wouldnít help me unless I had money. There were many nights I had to look for a safe place to sleep like, under a bridge or in an empty building. If I had $5 and got to the Salvation Army before the beds were filled I could stay for one night. If I didnít have $5 all the beds could be empty and I would have to sleep outside in a cardboard box, if I could find one. Once a week I would sell plasma so I could buy a little food and stay at the Salvation Army for a night. It felt good to sleep in a real bed instead of outside somewhere or on a cot at the Mission. Most other people took their money from selling plasma, bought alcohol so they could get a moment of peace from lifeís big disappointment, and slept under a bridge. I donít know if they didnít want to get off the street, or maybe they felt like all hope was lost.
Itís tough to work your way back up off the street. I, like most people in the down town Houston area trying to get off the street, went to a place called ___power looking for employment as spot labor. Everyone would wait for hours hoping to get work. For almost everybody it was a waste of time. I was told if you got lucky enough to get work the pay was only enough to afford rent, bus fair and food. I never did get hired out of there so I canít confirm that statement. I went to construction sites looking for work. I carried my hammer, tape measure and nail pouch that I bought when I was 16 years old with me. I knew if I kept them I would get a job using them. I still have my 32 oz Estwing hammer today. Eventually, I got a job and rented an apartment. Since then Iíve been lucky not to have been without a place to lay my head at night that I could call home.
I hope I didnít put anyone to sleep with that story. I was on the street for months. Today I am still bothered by how people are overlooked in our own country because I was, and sometimes still feel like I have no home. Where do I belong in life? I know that statement probably doesnít make sense to everyone. I think lives are fragile and can be torn apart in a moment. If you are all alone with nobody you can count on when that happens, ďGod help youĒ.
|Name:||debbie (ellis when i was in Ohio)|
|Comments:||Carey, did not know you were so talented with a camera too...among your many other talents. It is nice to have a wee bit of touch with the Columbus community again. Loved the pics of the pride parade.|
|Comments:||i grew up in columbus myself and from the age of 14 till 16 i was homeless, and i lived underneth the greenlwan bridge. i had company with another teenager cherri and a friend cindi. we were runaways except for cindi she was older and showed us how to live off of the streets and not get into trouble and stay alive. we came from diffrent parts of columbus as well, i grew up orginally on the hilltop on midland ave went to west highschool, cherri was from german village and she never talked much about why she ran away or much about her past neither,. during the winter we stayed at several shelters along broad ave and high st. and ocassionly we lived in abandond trailers at the hudsun st trailer court. i'm now in my mid 20s and looking back now i still would have done things the same except i would have tryed harder to take cherri and cindi with me when i went home, they were my best friends when i was a teenager. and i wish i could find them again to thank them for helping to shape the person i am today.|
|Comments:||i soo wanted to go to PRIDE but had to work, t looks like a lot of fun, but i guess theres always next year.|
I am going to be the first entry in your Dreambook for the year 2007!
I looked at your web site recently and saw that you had added a bunch of new photos. It looks good. I like it.
You said that you were saving your best photos for your showings and a book.
Did you ever finish your book? I'd like to buy a copy. How much does it cost and where can I buy it?
I have used my own skills in photography, computer composition and book layout to prepare a sample book for you that is built around your photographs and uses your own words.
I'd like to show it to you. If you like it we can get it published.
I want to meet with you.
I will follow this entry in your guest book with both an E-mail and a phone call. Attached to the E-mail will be some .jpeg pages I created to give you a preview. I will include a couple sample pages from the book I did for you, some photos of me in Washington,D.C. to help you remember me, plus an invitation to meet me downtown.
Then I will call yo and we can arrange both the time and the place to meet that is mutually convenient.
I look forward to seeing you again.
March 9, 2007
|Comments:||Kudos to you!!!!! What a wonderful site and great thing to do. The world does need more good folks that just want to help others and ask nothing in return.
May God bless you in many awesome ways!!!!!
|Comments:||Hey there, WOW, NICE WONDERFUL pictures, it absolutely shows your good heart and wonderful intentions to be helpful for the homeless, and those less fornuate. This planet needs more people like you. George Bush could the leader of world peace if he wanted to, instead of the leader of causing terror throughout the world. How many people died of AIDS throughout the world under his watch because of his refussal to recognize anything other than promoting HALIBURTON or helping the Saudies? He has done more to hurt America than Benidict Arnold. It is good that planet Earth has someone like you. Thanks.|
|Comments:||You are to be commended for all your charitable efforts to capture the beauty and the saddness that is reflected in your photos of God's creations. It is said, that "a picture is worth a thousand words". I pray, that many will reflect on the scenes displayed and their hearts will be move to help and assist you in the work needed, especially the need's concerning the poor. More often than not, it is easier for one to not focus on our homeless
situation in our nation. It's as if one say's "out of sight, out of mind". Like the story associated with the good Samaritan,in the Bible. It is easier to pass by the one who is in need, rather that assessing what can I do with the resource that I have available, to supply a need to help another individuals. I pray your continued success in all of your endeavor's to sensitize us to this growing problem. Thank you, for sharing your gift, and talent with us.
|Comments:||They call it sin to perform acts that God's Word clearly states as "shameful," and you call it hate? (Romans 1:27)
They speak what for they have witnessed to be true, in an effort to protect people from burning for an eternity in a hell that God doesn't want them to go to, and you call it hate?
They call it murder to kill an innocent life, which has begun, there is no if about it, and you call it hate?
They stand up for what they believe in, and you call it hate?
Please get your priorities straight!
I always knew how beautiful you were, inside and out...but your efforts of love show the world.
I'm so proud of you and what you are doing.
Miss you! Wish we didn't live so far apart!
I'm the 'topless lesbian' *lol* who showed up at the end of OSA here in Columbus to give them a lovely send off. :-D Sad, I can't find any pictures of me here. Nice site. Keep doing your part to piss of the American Taliban!
|Comments:||Good work.If the word was feeled with more people like yourself then the pictures you display would not exsist.|
|Comments:|| your pictures will be a imprint on my live and will forever change my life work. Iam still learning how to serve those in need. You are blessed in more ways than you know. Your work is so insightful and shows your caring heart.
You touched my heart.
|Comments:||Cool Pics. I skipped the homeless ones, I really liked the winter pics, I liked to trapse through the woods in late fall, right before the leave drop. Anyhow, give me a call so PCDR can do the deed.
|Comments:||carey you rock!!|
|Comments:||Thank-you for allowing me to see a small part of the world through your eyes.I enjoyed your photographs alot|
This update to your site shows your dedication to this project.
|Comments:||Your website is so inspiring Carey...the pictures moved me greatly. I am writing Bill Casto and seeing where I can be of help. Thank you for sharing your marvelous works with us.
|Comments:||Carey, i think you're awesome girlfriend.Had to share your site with my mom.
|Comments:||Great photos I can't wait to see more|
|Comments:||Your photos are very powerful and can't wait to see the Homeless photos seems like there is a lot of interest in them.
Would love to hear from You on a personal basis.
|Comments:||I wonder how often you check on your web site for new comments. The last activity was May 29th.
We met a few months ago at the annual meeting of the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless where you had you homeless photos on display.
I enjoyed them.
I think I can help you make some money from your pictures.
I'd like to meet with you. I will send you an E-mail to follow up on this note.
Do you remember me? I'm the man with the white beard who looks a lot like Santa Claus.
I took some good photos of you with my miniature credit card sized digital camera. I think you will like them.
Most Sincerely yours,
|Comments:||You are a very good photographer.
I do not appreciate you naming the one section "the voices of hate." Sometimes people need to stand up for what they believe in or else their voice is not heard. I believe you have freedom of speech in the USA, yes?
To me, the worst hate is gossip, but also I see referring to conviction as hate as hate in itself.
|Comments:||I saw the pictures that were at the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless annual meeting. I really thought your pictures were respectful and honoring of the individuals in them.
I have a great idea for a photography book on homelessness and yet I need a photographer. If you want to discuss it, e-mail me.
Your pictures of Winter in Columbus and the Hate Tribe really clarify the beauty and harshness of being in this world.It seems that your artwork truelly brings out the "truth" of people's being-fearful, hateful, acceptance, and just being.
Keep sharing. Thanks for your vision.
your photographs are inspiring and beautiful just like you!
|Comments:||Love your work girl. When are you going to put up
your homeless pictures?
The pics are great and each a story of it's own!
|Comments:||I am one of the two Ministers who carry the banner in the Gay Pride march saying: "Separate Church and HATE." Yet I was raised my mistake Baptist, so I understand these misguided hell promotters. HERE IS MY OPEN LETTER TO THE Rev. HATE types of otherwise good religions voices. (I respect all belief systems, just not their intolerance of sister religions and lifestyles.) Now the Open Letter...
Dear Honorable Conservative Friend:
Thoughts On Public Speaking: I think the most important two, personally.
1.) Do I believe what I am going to say will be received well?
2.) Do I feel there is a higher purpose in my public speaking at the time?
Example for me is performing WEDDINGS AND UNIONS.
I work out in advance with the couple everything that is to be said during this event. Both persons joining together -- it's their celebration, my words, the but extra emphasis on their words. There is NOTHING to worry about when all language is chosen by the customers gently and carefully in advance. I want to help them create a service that is totally theirs, hopefully we can get the speaking roles up to 1/3 for each of us. It's a have it their way focus of celebration. Plus the added dimension of helping people who would otherwise find it difficult to hire someone who was willing to accept their beliefs and/ or lifestyle. This is were I feel, it is NOT me up in front, but I can let go of and yield to something greater than myself. Because I see it as a ministry of reaching out to the rejected or discriminated against. I know you can relate to giving yourself over to a higher power (yours is clearly more traditional for our culture). We just are at times being pulled in different directions. I have the highest respect for your beliefs, and please allow others their beliefs.
Rev. Scott Gratitude, 614-436-2902, or
toll free within Ohio @ 1-877-410-3588.
Title: In performing WEDDINGS AND UNIONS./
Subject Direction: As if writting directly to one of these (Hater of non-mainline love) in a loving tone of "Respecting A Conservative Friend." With gratitude, for a better tomorrow./
Suggestion: If you want to share this with a Conservative Friend, please leave off my intro. prargraph and delete from my phone # and on down.
Thank you, Careyspics, for your important Ministry.
|Name:||robert, mr. wonderful|
|Comments:||Hey there, the Winter pic were great, then I looked at the pics of hatred.....UGH....such a contrast, uh ??....there are 6 billion people on this planet, and we all have to learn to live together...If you want to help the world look at the person in the mirror....I think everyone in the world needs to have more orgasims, it's difficult to hate anything or anyone after having a really big one....it will promote more love thoughout the world....I will forward this site to some of my friends....thanks for your endevors...el roberto|
|Comments:||Great work, Carey!
The first set was beautiful and the second set was so sad.
Thanks for sharing.
|Comments:||Both sets of photos were very powerful...and what a juxtaposition of the two.|