Local Photographers raise funds for homeless shelter
In the twinkling of an eye it could all be gone. Loss of home, job or addiction brought on by depression and inability to cope. No matter what the cause of homelessness is, the results are the same. Instead of your neighbor, it could be you.
According to event chairperson, Katie Bartel of Yale, eleven local photographers donated photographs they illustrated with the “Instagram” application. Bartel said all proceeds were going to benefit the “Blue Water Area Rescue Mission” efforts to replace items such as aging heating and cooling systems at the shelter. “I knew they (the shelter) were in need because funding from the city was cut,” said Bartel.
According to Bartel the “Instagramers of Port Huron” photographers wanted to help by using their photography skills.
Bartel explained the event took four months to plan with participating photographers shooting images throughout the Blue Water Area, including Saint Clair, Marine City, Marysville and Port Huron. “We wanted to show our support by taking beautiful images,” said Bartel.
Blue Water Area Rescue Mission Assistant Executive Director Debbie Koontz, Port Huron, said the fundraiser came at a good time.
Koontz said the shelter’s stove doesn’t work. “We need a new stove. If you use the oven, the burners don’t work,” said Koontz. She explained there are 16 men currently receiving services at the shelter. “We try to get the gentlemen staying with us off on their way to a better life,” said Koontz.
According to Bartel, the event raised over $120 dollars. Bartel said her group is always looking for more photographers. She said anyone interested in participating in the next Instagramers shoot should visit their FaceBook page- “Blue Water This is Us”.
Koontz expressed her thankfulness for the group’s assistance. “I think it is a good thing, it brings life back to Port Huron,” said Koontz.
Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the shelter can contact Koontz at (810) 956-0769.