She doesn't know if it will help mend her relationship with them, especially with her mother, whom Kellner said she hasn't seen in more than four years. But at least her parents will get to see the next best thing - a smiling photograph of their daughter.
Dozens of homeless Milwaukeeans flocked to daytime shelter and resource center Repairers of the Breach, 1335 W. Vliet St., Friday to benefit from Help-Portrait Milwaukee, a local branch of the global initiative to take portraits of those in need and deliver them their photographs. More sessions are planned at other shelters this weekend.
The objective of the program, according to the Milwaukee Help-Portrait website, is to show homeless or at-risk people that "they are valuable, respected and important members of our communities. That they may be looked past on a daily basis but . . . they are beautiful and worthy people who may just need to see it in their hands to understand what we mean."
The events are put on for free by local amateur and professional photographers, licensed hair stylists, makeup artists and other volunteers. They have been held for the last several years at local shelters, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes around the Milwaukee area. And they are part of a worldwide effort; to date, more than 200,000 portraits have been taken by more than 16,000 volunteer photographers in 60 countries, according to the international organization.
"They don't get told on a regular basis that they're beautiful," said Matt Heltsley, the Help-Portrait Milwaukee event organizer. "Here, we can say, 'You look great,' and then show them in the picture that they're beautiful, too."read source article