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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Author's 'bread' speaks for homeless

All the proceeds of the book sales for Photo by Lad Strayer

All the proceeds of the book sales for "Daily Bread" will benefit both the Lenawee Daily Bread soup kitchen and the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.
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Reception today for book, photographs at Shankwiler 123

By Charnika Jett
Sep. 12, 2009    ·    11:58 a.m.


Homelessness has been a serious issue in America for what seems like forever. But hearing about homelessness and seeing it are two different things that bring out two totally different emotions.

Writer Jeniffer Burd hopes to touch hearts and open the minds of people about this growing population of homelessness in two areas of Michigan at her reception at the Shankwiler 123 Gallery on Saturday where her book, Daily Bread will be on sale.

All the proceeds of the book will benefit both the Lenawee Daily Bread soup kitchen and the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.

The book, which is composed of photographs and lyrical prose poems, came together after Burd was given an assignment when working as a reporter for the Daily Telegram in Adrian.

“[My editor] gave me an assignment to cover the homeless for a weekend,” Burd said. “When I went to do these interviews, I spent a lot of times with these peoples before I started doing the story and I went back to the soup kitchen afterwards.”

Burd was so captivated by their interesting stories told by the many she interviewed, she realized she had so much information that couldn’t all be shared in one newspaper story. Instead of just disregarding it, Burd felt obligated to share the information with the world.

“I knew I needed to write about them in another way and it kind of became these prose poems that I think of as portraits of people at the soup kictchen,” she said. “ I just kept doing them and I didn’t plan on doing anything with them for a long time and it just got to be more and more of them.”

That’s when Burd began to speak with Lad Strayer, a photographer who also worked with Burd at the Daily Telegram in Adrian. Strayer had already begun taking photos of homeless men and women also at Daily Bread soup kitchen prior to Burd’s story.

After thinking about how both of their work could amount to something beneficial to the people they interviewed and the public, Strayer decided to put together an exhibit at Adrian College that displayed both Strayer’s photographs and Burd’s poems on sound boards.

“We just thought that this presentation in a way hit home more about homelessness.” Burd said. “It hit home more than all of those newspaper articles I did because it hit more on an emotional level and a more personal level and its important for people to read it and that’s why we published it,” she said.

For those who visit the reception and aren’t able to buy a book, Michelle Shankwiler, owner of Shankwiler 123 Gallery, are making a donation box available where all proceeds will also go to the Daily Bread soup kitchen and the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.

“People can donate money and of course the gallery won’t keep any percentage of the sales,” Shankwiler said. “I don’t want to take anything. I want it all to go the homeless shelter and the Daily Bread.”

The reception will be held at 5- 7 p.m. at the Shankwiler 123 Gallery, located at 35 E. Cross St. For more information, call the gallery at 734.487.9150.



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