Fathers are homeless too

Doug Winter captured this portrait of Friendship Park guest, Andre. 

Doug Winter captured this portrait of Friendship Park guest, Andre. 

In honor of Father's Day, Loaves & Fishes celebrated its guests who are fathers.  

Gail Filter, Doug Winter and Theodore Goodwin captured stunning pictures of Loves & Fishes guests and provided them with two copies of their likeness -- one to keep and one to send to their loved ones. (Keep scrolling to see their beautiful portraits).

Joe Walker livened up Friendship park with his piano playing and singing. And, staff and volunteers provided guests with cards to send to their dads and children. 

"It is such a privilege to be able to recognize these men who perhaps haven’t been in contact with their family for years," Hannah Ozanian, the Director of Friendship Park said. "You see it in their eyes when you elevate them and ask them to get their picture taken professionally. It is such an honor for them to realize that they deserve to have their picture taken as much as any other father." 

Many guests at Loaves & Fishes are estranged from their children because they've been surviving on the streets for so long. And many serve as fathers to those who are young and vulnerable and also experiencing homelessness. 

"Father's Day is an opportunity is to be with our guests who cannot reach out to their family and to make them feel as if they are family," Goerge Kohrummel, the assistant director of Friendship Park said. "Our guests get to share their day and their thoughts with each other."

Check out these pictures of our guests who we are so lucky to say belong to our family at Loaves & Fishes: 

Ryan captured by Doug Winter

Ryan captured by Doug Winter

Robert as photographed by Doug Winter. 

Robert as photographed by Doug Winter. 

John captured by Doug Winter.

John captured by Doug Winter.

Manny photographed by Theodore Goodwin

Manny photographed by Theodore Goodwin

Michael photographed by Gale Filter

Michael photographed by Gale Filter

Anthony captured by Theodore Goodwin

Anthony captured by Theodore Goodwin

Calvin photographed by Doug Winter

Calvin photographed by Doug Winter

Kenneth photographed by Theodore Goodwin

Kenneth photographed by Theodore Goodwin

Herb captured by Doug Winter

Herb captured by Doug Winter

Gustavus captured by Theodore Goodwin

Gustavus captured by Theodore Goodwin

Cesar as captured by Doug Winter. 

Cesar as captured by Doug Winter. 

Felipe photographed by Theodore Goodwin

Felipe photographed by Theodore Goodwin

Felix photographed by Doug Winter. 

Felix photographed by Doug Winter. 

Gerald captured by Theodore Goodwin. 

Gerald captured by Theodore Goodwin. 

Floyd captured by Doug Winter. 

Floyd captured by Doug Winter.