Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Sonia Raymund — photographer

The FACES project takes us on a remarkable journey; it gives us insight into the lives of some of Jewish Family & Community Services’ (JFCS) real heroes. These are the people who give of themselves without questions or expectations, the ones that never get recognized and very seldom receive a thank you note. FACES also gives us a peek into the lives of the people JFCS fights for. They are the ones in our community who need a hand to get back on their feet, the child whose parents are not involved and the mentally ill adult who has no place to go. I am privileged to have been part of this amazing journey; for at the end, it has helped me become a better person.

When I was first asked to be the photographer for this project, at the time it was but an idea, the first reaction I had was fear. Fear of failing because I am just an amateur photographer; fear of bringing home the pain and hopelessness of some of the people I had to photograph, fear of facing my own sadness and inadequacies because I know I should give more of myself.

I am glad I took on the challenge since I had a chance to see for myself how JFCS makes a difference in so many lives. I was also surprised by the great number of clients who benefit from this organization that are not Jewish. Many people are under the false impression that only Jews can get help from JFCS; hopefully, FACES will make it clear that the only requirement to ask for help is need.

I also wish that with my photographs you have a chance to visualize JFCS’s mission and that they give you the confidence to continue supporting this amazing organization in any way possible.

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