Homeless People Can Sleep Overnight in Church in San Francisco

The St. Boniface church in San Francisco has opened its doors for homeless people in need of shelter about 15 years ago. Father Louis Vitale of the church and activist Shelly Roder, started this effort called The Gubbio Project, in 2004. Around hundreds of people pass every day through this church, use the pews to sleep on and get blankets.

According to the Gubbio Project’s website: “No questions are asked when our guests walk into the churches; in an effort to remove all barriers to entry, there are no sign-in sheets or intake forms. No one has ever been turned away; all are welcomed, respected and treated with dignity“.

This church is open for local churchgoers that want to visit throughout the day. But more than half of the church is reserved for the Gubbio project.

A representative of Gubbio said: “This sends a powerful message to our unhoused neighbors – they are in essence part of the community, not to be kicked out when those with homes come in to worship. It also sends a message to those attending mass – the community includes the tired, the poor, those with mental health issues and those who are wet, cold and dirty.

One of the complaints that people have concerning homeless shelters is that they may feel like prisons, and might be extremely dangerous as well. But, it seems that the Gubbio project is different, 95% of those surveyed claimed they always or mostly feel safe at The Gubbio Project, and that those who pass through aren’t treated like prisoners.

Seattle was planning to build razor-wire fencing to prevent homeless populations from camping, in 2017. San Francisco was also using Robots to scare the homeless away from encampments and also to report them to the police. Also, they spent $8,700 installing big boulders under overpasses to stop homeless people from setting up camps. There were many homeless encampments in the area until the people were forced out. Now the City’s government is doing everything possible to keep the camps out of that area. Some activists were arrested in February 2018, for feeding homeless people in Wells Park in El Cajon in California. Even a 14-year-old kid was arrested. Authorities claim that the law aims to prevent the spread of disease. But according to activists, the law is criminalizing the homeless.

Mark Lane said: “It means they are criminalizing homelessness. They’ve created four laws against the homeless. No camping, no sleeping in cars, no panhandling and no feeding the homeless.

Source:
https://www.thegubbioproject.org/
https://www.thegubbioproject.org/about-gubbio/#history

Photographer “Time Travels” by Photoshopping Herself into Old Celebrity Photos

Have you ever imagined if you could go back in time and take a picture with famous people? If yes, you will probably enjoy a similar series in 2013, called “Time Travel” created by an artist, Flora. She is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation in order to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, and dreams. However, today we will mainly focus on how she discovers the possibilities of the well known “selfie” phenomenon with famous people. Let’s admit that it would be pretty difficult to explain the concept of a selfie to a person from the 20th century. But this fact makes these series even more interesting!

“After the first official picture of a black hole was released last week, I decided to look into the Theory of relativity and I’ve been wondering how cool it was, if I could travel faster than the speed of light, ergo I could travel back in time. While I’ve been making a “selfie” with Albert Einstein (photoshopping myself into a picture of him) I decided to celebrate this amazing discovery with a series of pictures, where I travel back in time. ” writes Flora in her website.

Check out the gallery below. Also, tell us in the comment section below; If you could go back in time who would you like to take a selfie with?

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#1 Marilyn Monroe

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#2 Mahatma Gandhi

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#3 John Lennon

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#4 Salvador Dali

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#5 Albert Einstein

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#6 Sigmund Freud

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#7 Audrey Hepburn

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