‘Forgotten Faces’ Shine Spotlight on Plight of Lenawee Homeless

ADRIAN, Mich. —Jennifer Burd and Laszlo Slomovits will be the featured guests at “Forgotten Faces,” a program on homelessness awareness, scheduled for Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 PM in Caine Student Center on the campus of Adrian College. The intent of the program is to draw attention to homelessness during a time of year when there is less focus on giving within the community. Titled “A Great Need: Putting a Face on Homelessness in Our Communities” the event combines dramatic reading, music and photography to represent the hours within a local soup-kitchen community.

Jennifer Burd is the author of  “Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men and Women of Lenawee County,” which features the work of local photographer, Lad Strayer. Burd is a former reporter for The Daily Telegram. The book features the news stories she penned for the local paper with illustrative photographs by Strayer, a freelance and Telegram photographer.

“I wrote the pieces for the book after I realized there were aspects of the homelessness experience I felt couldn’t be expressed fully in newspaper reporting,” Burd said.

Slomovits, one half of the award-winning duo, “Gemini,” will provide musical accompaniment to the readings and will perform original songs addressing the theme, “A Great Need.”

Also invited to speak is Beth McCullough, the county homeless student liaison for the Lenawee Intermediate School District. Toiletries will be collected for homeless students in the county and donations of food and cash will be collected for The Daily Bread, a local soup kitchen. The Adrian College Institute for Ethics is sponsoring this program. For more information, contact Johanna Hanley, 264-3258 or via e-mail at jhanley1@adrian.edu.