I've photographed many of the homeless in Frederick over the last few years, here is someone from the other side of the fence.
Tommy is the Director of Development at The Frederick Rescue Mission, one of the non profits in town serving the homeless through education, food banks, shelters and lunches, not only for those without a roof but with the attitude that if someone is hungry enough to walk through the door, they should be given grace to eat.
I have been blessed to attend an event where Tommy told his story of how he arrived at the Mission as a resident having been a finance high flyer in Baltimore, it is a powerful story of experience, strength and hope. From having everything to having nothing, recovery and dedicating his life and spirituality to helping others transition through traumatic life changes.
It was great to spend a little time with Tommy in the studio, his comment being "There's some hard living in those pictures"...maybe, but there is something else in the eyes - a peace, spirituality and grace for life very well lived in service since those years.