Chevrolet Sponsors Pictures of Hope, Helping Change the Lives of Homeless Children through the Art of Photography
It’s said a picture is worth a thousand words. But for children living in homeless shelters, one photograph can also represent a thousand dreams. In an effort to inspire these children to look toward a better future, Chevrolet and photojournalist Linda Solomon have teamed up once again for the 2013 Pictures of Hope program.
Solomon, who is also an author and the founder of Pictures of Hope, first traveled to cities across the country and presented digital cameras to at-risk children ages 6 to 13 who were living in shelters. The budding young photojournalists were then given a photography tutorial and their first assignment: Capture your “hopes and dreams” in photographs. The results — which have been made into holiday greeting cards and are available for purchase at the Pictures of Hope website — were profound.
“Their hopes and dreams captured in quiet moments tell a story that few adults can imagine,” Solomon says. “When you show children that you care about what they wish for in life, perhaps a child who never felt he or she had self worth, now will.”
One child who has been truly transformed by the program is past Pictures of Hope participant Brittnie, who was invited to take part in the program when she was just nine years old and living in a Salvation Army housing facility. One of Brittnie’s photographs illustrated her wish to go to San Diego State University — and her wish came true. She was awarded a four-year fully paid scholarship — at age nine — from San Diego State after she photographed her dream school for Pictures of Hope.
And she has continued on the road to hope. Brittnie’s family are no longer homeless and are now giving back to their community. This year, because of her drive and determination, Chevrolet surprised Brittnie with the Spark of Hope Award. Vice President of Sales Don Johnson traveled to Brittnie’s hometown on her 16th birthday and presented her with a 2014 Chevrolet Spark in her favorite color. That’s the power of one photograph — one child’s picture of hope.
To see photographs taken by children just like Brittnie and to make a donation to support the program, visit your local Chevrolet dealearship now through Christmas. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit local homeless shelters and facilities. Plus, customers who purchase any vehicle at a participating dealer between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2013 will take home Pictures of Hope holiday cards.
Chevrolet is proud to be a continuing sponsor of the Pictures of Hope program.