Daily Snapshots from an Urban Community Assistance Center
It is hard to visualize what goes on in low-income communities unless you make the effort to put yourself in a position to observe the day-to-day happenings of such places.
Most Americans never really "see" the people of the inner city or their struggles to "get by."
Even though I am surrounded by this urban context every day, I miss things as well.
Not long ago, a supporting church presented me with a disposable camera and asked that I take photos of what I encounter as I work. The images on this page are just a few of the scenes captured by this little project.
Each scene tells a story all its own.
A couple of the photos are of friends who have come a long, long way.
Others catch strangers taking advantage of our process here at Central Dallas Ministries.
Each image has a hope about it, even though buried in the sadness of a typical day in the life of our neighborhood.
Especially poignant to me is the photo of the little girl and her siblings and mother who trail along after her at the entrance of our Resource Center on Haskell Avenue.
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Rising from Ashes
Larry James' Urban Daily
A repository of ideas, resources, commentary and opinions concerning the issues facing low-income residents of the inner cities of the United States and how mainstream America largely forgets or, worse, ignores the day-to-day realities of urban life for the so-called "poor." Written and edited by the President & CEO of CitySquare. Please visit CitySquare.
Today and throughout 2013, we need your support to continue our life-changing work in inner-city Dallas. Every day hundreds of our wonderful neighbors arrive at our doors seeking our assistance, offering their help and prepared to pursue a better life. Frankly, the folks we "serve" make essential contributions to the scope, nature and soul of the work we attempt. At CitySquare we honor and recognize the amazing value and richness of our low-income neighbors. During 2012, almost 55,000 different people received the benefit of our wide-ranging services designed to assist in the process of building better lives. We need your help TODAY as we continue to respond to the needs of our community. Even more, we need you to become our PARTNER in the work of compassion and community renewal--work that continues day after day at CitySquare.