Veterans of wars — some real, others imagined — neglect, abuse, alcoholism, mental illness, bankruptcy, sub-prime mortgages, evictions, despair, bad choices and the accumulation of uncaring families and communities end up on the streets in Atlanta. Perhaps they find peace on cold nights in one of the myriad churches, non-profits and missions serving an ever growing homeless population.
This image was taken at the Union Mission twenty-five years ago. The math that brought him there has remained the same and a steady stream of others have replaced him. We don’t know their names and avoid their faces as we hurry past upturned palms seeking a small degree of solace in a handful of spare change.