Homeless: Lynn Blodgett’s “Finding Grace”

At a Salt Lake City museum in March, we saw a moving exhibit.  Lynn Blodgett, the  photographer, explains,

“I offer Finding Grace in the hope that we can develop the desire and courage to see beyond the myths that all homeless people are lazy, addicted or crazy.  Perhaps we can begin to see people in need and acknowledge our own darkest fears.  I believe that if we look into these eyes, we will recognize our mothers, brothers, and daughters, and we will discover talented musicians, bricklayers, stockbrokers, business women and poets.”

Finding Grace: The Faces of America's Homeless - photographs by Lynn Blodgett - in Salt Lake City Museum

Finding Grace: The Faces of America’s Homeless – photographs by Lynn Blodgett – in Salt Lake City Museum


Someone's grandfather?

Someone’s grandfather?  A Vietnam Vet?  A poet?

Why is this girl homeless?

Why is this girl homeless?










He looks strong.


What is her future?

What is her future?









He has stories.

He has stories.

Can she work and take care of her children if she doesn't even have shelter for them?

Can she work and take care of her children if she has no shelter?

Being homeless doesn't mean you don't love your children.

Being homeless doesn’t mean you don’t love your children.










What is the future of these children? This family needs help.

What is the future of these children? What have they experienced in their young lives?

What does he hope to do?

What are his hopes?









Lynn's explanation

Lynn’s explanation

These photos are only part of  Lynn Blodgett’s fantastic and insightful exhibition.


What can we do in our own communities to shelter those in need?



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Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

5 responses to “Homeless: Lynn Blodgett’s “Finding Grace””

  1. Geri Sue Kliegman Rapp says :

    When I was laid off in 2009 and was unable to find another job, I was sure I was going to be homeless because with no money, there are no choices. It was beyond terrifying. Ever since then, I speak up whenever I hear people making the all-to-usual ignorant comments about homeless people. When I see homeless people, I do my best to help.

  2. reneeriley says :

    Hi Geri: It really can happen to hardworking, wonderful people. I’m glad your circumstances turned out okay for you. Aloha,

  3. Rosita says :

    The photos and phrases are touching. I’m so glad that some persons are making of the world a better place to live 🙂 I’m sad with the terrorism who occurred in Paris and I don’t like none form of violence, to talk the true. I’m a pacifist. I would love to live in a world without poverty, inequalities, violence, only peace and true love. And I help street dogs on my travels around the world, because I feed and play with them. I would like go found a shelter for homeless animals, independently of their species. I believe that if I can’t change the world, it don’t have problems, because I know that I’m changing the world of those poor homeless animals. Visit Costa Rica’s one of my dreams, because it’s a demilitarized country, with a very sympathetic people, and it’s the most closely related with the music “Imagine” of John Lennon. Some persons like John Lennon and Bob Marley were always dreaming dreams of peace, and we are too dreaming dreams of peace, we have to stay always hopeful about world’s peace. My dream is to become a doctor who treats infectious diseases, and I think that the fact of I had chikungunya fever last year and my intense desire of traveling the world increased my interest on this area of Medicine. I’ve born as a Brazilian, but I feel that I have a Costa Rican or perhaps Panamanian soul, but it doesn’t matter 😉 I only know that I would like to visit or perhaps live in any Caribbean country, as such Turks and Caicos hahaha but, talking serious, if, just if, anyone offers me a Nobel Prize of Medicine or Peace, I certainly would refuse it, because I’m just a person, with my own dreams and errors, and the world still a chaos, with all those diseases and wars, so, I obviously don’t deserve that prize. I would like that stop those wars and violence. Only it. Violence and diseases makes me sad, but I think that it’s a constant reminder that weren’t at Paradise, but yet at dreadful and nasty Planet Earth. But we can make of the world a better place, not with guns, only kind words and good acts, because violence only causes destruction, and love causes love 🙂 we need to try to make the world as a better place if we want to live in an earthly paradise. This’s just my viewpoint of world.

  4. reneeriley says :

    Hi Rosita: You are making the world more peaceful each time you help street dogs and when you share kind words. We each must do what we can. You are right about “love causes love.” If you become a medical doctor, you will be able to share your expertise to help people too. But whatever you become, you have good insight as to what will help make Earth a more peaceful home.
    Aloha, Renee
    P.S. I’ve heard that Costa Ricans don’t use bits on their horses so as not to hurt them. 🙂 You are likely to love it there.
    P.P.S. Also, I’m not getting to teach at SHNU this coming spring term, so Barry & I are actually going to Panama for January and Costa Rica for February. You can be sure I will write about our experiences.

    • Rosita says :

      Oh, thank you! Thanks for being too comprehensive with me and giving me hopes about our future. I was really needing it. The terroristic act in Paris made me very sad. Oh, if all of us lived in peace and love and in harmony with nature, like some isolated indigenes tribes, who don’t changed their customs… I simply felt in love with the indigenous reserve of Guna Yala, in some paradisiacal islands of Panama who’re called as San Blas. Maybe you would like to visit those islands. Unfortunately, I never visited Panama, but I heard that it’s pretty idyllic and the capital’s very developed.

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