But as with every interview I’ve done so far at the Rescue Mission, I was humbled by their strength, vulnerability and willingness to share very sensitive parts of their lives with me, a stranger.
The first woman I talked with tonight was 47-year-old Angela. Soft-spoken, she shared her battle with drugs, alcohol, attempted suicide and the death of her two grown children. Despite the darkness that’s surrounded her since childhood, she is hopeful for the days ahead.
I then had the pleasure of interviewing Janice, whose life is an example of unflinching strength and a will to overcome. In her 68 years, she's survived cancer, two abusive relationships and the death of her daughter.
I can’t wait to share their full stories with you later this week. Stay tuned, and for behind-the-scenes updates every night, follow me on Twitter.
Last month, I launched the website for my latest photojournalism endeavor, Project Hands. Many of the stories come from guests of the Rescue Mission, a comprehensive homeless shelter in Roanoke. Check it out at StoriesWeHold.com.