The numbers of homeless children in the US are the highest in our history, 2.5 million. One out of thirty children are homeless. The mission of Pictures of Hope is to change lives, one life at a time. We show each child there is hope and they are not forgotten. Pictures of Hope touches the soul of each child we meet.
Through photography children share their innermost feelings. The opportunity to reveal their dreams in photographs shows each child how much their dreams MATTER!
Their hopes and dreams captured in quiet moments tell a story that few adults can imagine. "When you show children that you care about what they dream for in life, perhaps a child who never felt he or she had self worth, now will," says Linda Solomon.
Linda presents a photo tutorial to the children at each shelter. At the conclusion of the tutorial, the children are surprised with digital cameras donated by Walgreens and given their first photo assignment as young photojournalists. Each child has a Picture of Hope card showcasing one of their photographs. All the children in each city celebrate with their mentors at the "Meet The Young Artist" receptions when the Pictures of Hope cards are launched. It's a special day no one will ever forget.
Pictures of Hope has helped children in 50 cities, cities with the highest populations of homeless children and youth. We have brought Pictures of Hope to cities who have sent us emails requesting we help. Our sponsor in Tucson and Denver is skinnytees and skinnytees is dedicated to showing children how much their heartfelt hopes and dreams MATTER!
"When you called us in April to invite us to participate in Pictures of Hope, we were honored. We were excited with the opportunities the program would offer to Shelter of Flint and our families. Yet nothing could have prepared us for what we would see over the coming months. The effects of homelessness on families are devastating. We are working with families at the darkest time of their lives. But this program could not have a better name, because hope is what these families have. They have a resilience that cannot be imagined. Words cannot adequately express our gratitude to you for bringing Pictures of Hope to our families. You are changing lives and we are honored to have been included."
Liz Ruediger, Director of Development, Shelter of Flint
"I am taken back to a time in my life that was not so happy. I am taken back to when I was a 9-year old little girl and living in a homeless shelter. My family was broken but on the road to recovery. It was at that homeless shelter that I met the woman, Linda Solomon, who would forever change my life; it was there that I found hope again."
Brittnie, Age 17
"Because of the new relationships with local businesses and the media attention Pictures of Hope brought and sales of Pictures of Hope cards, we are proud to share that our donor giving was up 42% in the month of October from last year."
Denise Giles, Family Promise, Fayetteville, North Carolina
"I have personally supported Pictures of Hope for the past four years. I can testify firsthand to the remarkable effects of Pictures of Hope on children whose lives have been shattered. I am proud to have consulted with Linda over the years, as she has located her program in one Michigan city every year."
Maura Corrigan, Director, Michigan's Department of Human Services
"I have had the fortunate experience to mentor children through Pictures of Hope for three consecutive years. The children were transformed by the experience. I have seen these young people grow and understand they can have dreams that come true. I look forward to participating for many years into the future."
Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor, Tucson, Arizona
Very special greeting cards from Pictures of Hope cities are now available. Each city has a set of 15 cards, with sample cards from each below. Contact the organization listed below the card to order your set! 100% of the proceeds benefit the shelters!
Order this set online at: OurFamilyServices.org or by phone at (520) 323-1708 x425.
Order this set online at: Denver.SalvationArmy.org or by phone at (303) 861-4833.
Order this set online at: ShelterOfFlint.org or by phone at (810) 238-4711.
During the 90's, Linda created the ground-breaking "It's A SNAP" children's photography program for Kmart/Kodak, donating over one million cameras to children. Every Kmart in the country adopted a school and Linda's photography program was featured in each school, over 250,000 cameras were donated per year. And for the first time exhibitions were featured in Kmart stores, each child had a photo on display (a Solomon idea). "This builds a child's self-esteem", remarked Linda, and that is the reason Kmart and Kodak sponsored Linda's program and provided camera's to over 1 million children.
Linda Solomon has also been a corporate spokesperson and founder of children's branding platforms for Kodak, Eckerd, Kmart, The Taubman Company, General Motors and Saturn. She has devoted her career to teaching her love of photography and journalism. Linda attended The University of Arizona and has a home in Tucson.
Previously, her "My Holiday Wish" program, for children in Orlando, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina homeless shelters, gained national acclaim. Photographs taken by these children were transformed into greeting cards sold through the Salvation Army in both cities, with 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefiting women and children in city homeless shelters.