Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pictures of Hope: Greeting Cards Made from Photographs Taken by Homeless Children

By Karen Navarro

This year you just might want to purchase “Pictures of Hope” greeting cards to send as your holiday cards @ $25.00 for 16, or give the boxed cards as presents:  Sixteen children who were either living in the shelter or in housing programs offered by the Barrett Foundation were selected to be ‘guest artists/photographers’ for this project.

Award winning Photojournalist, Linda Solomon of “Pictures of Hope,” taught the 16 children photography skills, and then Galles Chevrolet surprised each child with their own special camera. Their assignment as young photojournalists: to capture their “hopes and dreams” on film. These photos are now beautifully featured on the greeting cards. Hopes and dreams expressed include: 

I hope to care for my family.  
I hope to make a difference in the world. 
I hope for people to have food, water and clothes.  
My dream is for people to get homes.

“When you show children that you care about what they wish for in life, perhaps a child who never felt he or she had self worth, now will,’ says Linda Solomon. Read more about the project in this article in The Deseret News

100% of the proceeds benefit Barrett Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that serves homeless women and children. Barrett House, the emergency shelter, offers 28 nights’ lodging and services to homeless women and children, and Barrett Foundation also has three supportive housing programs. Visit the Barret Foundation Web site  for more information about this wonderful homeless services agency and to view all 16 cards!

To order, send a check in the amount of $25.00 made payable to“Barrett Foundation, Inc.” and mail to:

Barrett Foundation, Inc. 
Attn: Pictures of Hope 
10300 Constitution Ave. NE 
Albuquerque, NM 87112 

Or call the Barrett Foundation, (505) 246-9244 to pay by credit card.

(For more information regarding the Barrett Foundation’s “Pictures of Hope” project contact Barrett Foundation’s Resource Development Officer, Michele Romero at mromero@barrettfoundation.org or call (505) 246-9244 and ask for Michele Romero).

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