a team without a home
Last November, I was assigned to shoot a homeless mother and her children at Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora, Illinois.
I had never been to Hesed House but I knew that my friend Rob Finch had done some amazing work there during his days at the Beacon News.
Chicago Tribune reporter Liam Ford and I were met by the overnight emergency shelter program director Jason Holmes. After a tour of the facility and a quick photo shoot, I was preparing to leave when Holmes blurted out, “Have you ever heard of the Homeless World Cup?”
I said, “No.”
Holmes went on to explain the tournament and the fact that he had just organized a homeless soccer team at Hesed House.
Ding, ding, ding! Thank you photo gods for another story falling in my lap.
So, over the past months, I have followed the team as they have learned soccer from scratch. My original plan was to follow them through June and the World Cup qualifier but due to the possibility of the story being run by another paper, it was published today.
I still plan on following the team through the rest of their journey but I have a feeling there will be a lot more cameras present at their upcoming matches.