Featured Story of the Week: Don’t Believe in Stereotypes

Featured Story of the Week: Don’t Believe in Stereotypes

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A pharmacist has changed how she operates behind the counter. A teen broke the cycle and finds peace through her poetry. A man lost everything important to him but rebuilt his life through his faith. Their common thread: addiction. Eleven stories of survival, hope, and rebirth are showcased in the … [Read more...]

Facing Suicides in Ireland Part 2

Facing Suicides in Ireland Part 2

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In 2010 I traveled to Ireland to research suicides. The gap between the loveliness of the people and grimness of my topic was wider than the Atlantic. I had the world’s worst response to: “Welcome to Ireland! What brings you here?” I’ve carried a lot of stories over the past twelve years I’ve been … [Read more...]

Facing Suicide Part 1

Facing Suicide Part 1

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In 2010 I traveled to Ireland to research suicides. The gap between the loveliness of the people and grimness of my topic was wider than the Atlantic. I had the world's worst response to: "Welcome to Ireland! What brings you here?" I've carried a lot of stories over the past twelve years I've … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: Abuse is No Secret – Susan’s Story

Featured Story of the Week: Abuse is No Secret – Susan’s Story

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“I’m lucky enough to say that my personal life hasn’t been directly affected by drug abuse, but my professional life definitely has.” Powerful words spoken by a pharmacy tech in Barbourville, Kentucky. This is one side of addiction—a side we don’t often hear. That’s why we chose, “Abuse is No … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: The Long Road Home

Featured Story of the Week: The Long Road Home

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Imagine standing in a courtroom and being sentenced to 40 years in prison.  Hear your mother weeping. See the disappointment on your father's face.  Imagine your lack of future. This week's featured story comes from Facing Hope in Rome, Georgia, and it follows a young man from such a courtroom … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: “Dear Mom and Dad”

Featured Story of the Week: “Dear Mom and Dad”

Facing Sex Trafficking

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth account for the largest percentage of homeless teens on the streets. Forty-six percent of those youth are on the streets from being kicked out of unwelcoming homes, and a staggering 59% of those homeless LGBT youth have reported being sexually … [Read more...]

National Attention Reminds Us that Stories Build Community

National Attention Reminds Us that Stories Build Community

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In the past week The Facing Project has been featured by The Huffington Post, Soul Train, and Harlem World Magazine as one of three “oral history” projects everyone should know. Before last week, we’ve had the honor of being highlighted in newspapers from Atlanta to New York and have had Facing … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: “Drive: Marie’s Story”

Featured Story of the Week: “Drive: Marie’s Story”

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When Kelsey and I brought The Facing Project back to our hometown of Muncie, Indiana, last fall and focused the project on “Facing Autism,” the stories shared definitely hit closer to home—not just geographically, but personally. For Kelsey, his wife Annie told her story about coming to terms … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: “In America I Trust.”

Featured Story of the Week: “In America I Trust.”

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As 52,000 children wait in detention at the US-Mexico border, I can’t help but think about all of their stories. Why aren’t we hearing the human side of their existence? Perhaps not knowing is easier because if we knew, it might be harder for us to think about “sending them back” or “not letting … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: Amilcar’s Story

Featured Story of the Week: Amilcar’s Story

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In 2005, I traveled to Honduras because my T-shirt was made there. Silly reason, I know. And it felt silly once I showed up at the factory where it was made to meet the workers. I met Amilcar who was 25. We chatted for a few minutes and then we went our separate ways. I became obsessed with where … [Read more...]