By: Jason Tatum

As we listen to each man’s story, as we see the tears fall down women’s cheeks, as we watch the children playing tag across the front lobby, we are constantly reminded that homelessness, poverty, and all of the ailments that go with them are not created in a vacuum.  Each person has a story long with heartbreaks and victories.  People’s scales, wherever they are in their journey, sometimes see the weight tip far in one direction or another.

Our job is to remember the beauty and dignity of each person’s life, no matter their economic status.  We remember their vast potential no matter the track record or rap sheet.  Gateway is a place where the stories from this short film are heard in real time.  We want to be a place, working with our community, to see the pain healed up, and the beauty of each person emerge bright and new.

Check out more from the To This Day project  here.