Seeing Hope Through the Lens of a Homeless Child

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (Wednesday, July 30, 2014) The Salvation Army of Wake County’s Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope houses a 93 bed shelter for women and children experiencing homeless. It is only fitting that award-winning photojournalist, Linda Solomon, chose to bring her nationally acclaimed program “Pictures of Hope” here. On Wednesday, July 30 at 3:30pm, Ms. Solomon will provide a photography lesson and empower the children (ages 6-15) living in the Women & Children’s Shelter to capture photos of their hopes and dreams. Following this photo exercise the children will be surprised by Ms. Solomon and Mr. Mike Desmond, LMA President, Central Carolina Chevrolet Dealers with digital cameras graciously donated by Walgreens. With the help of volunteers, the children will immediately go on their photo assignment to capture and reveal their hopes and dreams.

In August of 2013, The Salvation Army opened the Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope facility, nearly tripling the number of beds in the Barbara L. Goodmon Women & Children’s Shelter. Since January 2014, the shelter has been a home to over 226 children. With the increase of residents, it is particularly helpful when organizations like Pictures of Hope partner to not only provide material goods, but help to raise awareness of children experiencing homelessness. Shelter Program Director, Katie Gonzalez, comments, "although the children residing in our shelter have been through so much, they are still just kids...funny, loving kids with hopes and dreams. So we are excited for the ‘Pictures of Hope’ event, where they get the chance to not only be creative, but to share their ambition with so many.”

 The hopes and dreams of children in Raleigh will then be transformed into holiday greeting cards which will be sold through The Salvation Army of Wake County. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the “Pictures of Hope” greeting cards will benefit the many women and children who receive services at The Salvation Army of Wake County due to the generosity of the Central Carolina Chevrolet Dealers. “The 25 Central Carolina Chevrolet Dealers are proud and honored to have the opportunity to support these children through Pictures of Hope,” said Mike Desmond. The children at The Salvation Army of Wake County will see their "Pictures of Hope" cards for the first time at a celebration and Meet the Young Artist Reception at Hendrick Chevrolet in October or November. During the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas customers who purchase a new vehicle from the Central Carolina Chevrolet Dealers will be given the “Pictures of Hope” greeting cards as a gift. A matching donation will be given to the shelter from the Central Carolina Chevrolet Dealers. 

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