Bringing Dignity to the Homeless Through Portraiture.

The Central Texas wind and rain pelted the recent South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) event however this could not dampen the spirits of the volunteers of Help-Portrait-Austin who engaged with our homeless community to provide portraits. I had the pleasure of producing the printed copies of the photographs while other team members received our guest, took their picture, and made them feel at home. Our guests received 2 4×6 print copies in a protective sleeve. Help-Portrait-Austin also provided cards and envelopes with postage so our guest could send a photo and note to a loved one. The lead organization was Encast, and Lava Mae, Aveda, and several Austin churches. They had yoga, haircuts, showers, food, drinks, live entertainment, and time to share and have some joy. I am privileged to be working with such an amazing team of volunteers in caring for our community. It really affirms that service to others is its own rich reward.