Crusader Clinic displays photos from the homeless Dec. 5-21

In March 2005, homeless clients and advocates from the Crusader Clinic Healthcare for the Homeless Program used disposable cameras to express what is important to them and what they experience as part of the “Day in the Life” photography exhibit.

Three of the photos have been selected and are available for purchase as 8-inch by 10-inch color prints for $10 each. Also, a black and white calendar featuring 12 of the photographs is available for $20 each.

Twenty of the photographs will be on display at the Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford, from Dec. 5 to 21. These photos were on exhibit at the National Healthcare for the Homeless Conference in Washington, D.C., in June 2005.

“Our community will have a rare opportunity to view the unique world of homelessness through the eyes of a new group of photographers who happen to be homeless,” said Gordon Eggers Jr., president and chief operating officer of Crusader Clinic.

This project was supported by the Susan Lundquist Memorial Fund. This special fund was established in memory of Sue Lundquist, a practice manager at Crusader Clinic who was instrumental in establishing the Healthcare for the Homeless Program at Crusader Clinic in 1988. She died in January 2005.

The Crusader Clinic Healthcare for the Homeless Program provides health care, substance abuse and mental health referrals, assistance with housing options and entitlement services to the homeless population at 15 locations. The program employs outreach workers who seek homeless individuals and families for the Homeless Program services. During 2004, the Healthcare for the Homeless Program served 2,272 individual clients.

Proceeds of the sale benefit the Crusasder Clinic Healthcare for the Homeless Program clients. For more information about the “Day in the Life Photography” project or to place an order, call the Crusader Clinic Healthcare for the Homeless Program at 815-490-1680.

From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005, issue

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