The stories that fill the Fifty Sandwiches website bring out a range of emotions. Some are heartbreaking and others inspiring. However, they all serve one purpose: to “close the gap from perception and reality.”
The Fifty Sandwiches project attempts to humanize the homeless community and give a rare peek into their personal stories. The creator of the project, Justin Doering has dedicated his life to gathering these stories, but now he plans on taking it a step further. After raising funds on Kickstarter, Doering has embarked on a cross-country trip to uncover even more of these forgotten parts of humanity.
With more than half a million Americans finding themselves homeless, it is more important than ever to draw attention to this subject. Doering hopes he can shed some light and educate people on this underprivileged community.
“No one talks to these people … I used to just try to avoid eye contact with them,” says Doering. “But these are people that no one really knows anything about and are choosing to ignore. So I figured their stories are a really great one to tell.”
Doering won’t just be interviewing his subjects. Like the project’s title suggests, he will share a meal with each of them as they share their stories.
“The plan is to toss the mattress in the van and travel the country to try to capture the experiences and stories behind the homeless population in the United States to show that there isn’t just one kind of homelessness,” says Doering.
You can get more information on the Fifty Sandwiches project and how you can help on the project’s website, fiftysandwiches.com.