The first Facing Project was launched in Muncie, Indiana, in the winter of 2011-2012, under the title, Facing Poverty. TEAMWork for Quality Living, a nonprofit focused on empowering people in poverty toward self-sufficiency, featured the project as part of Muncie’s first annual Poverty Awareness Week in February 2012. Seventeen nonprofit organizations, businesses, Ball State University, the local newspaper, and a community foundation came on board to partner in the project.
Twenty-one stories were told and compiled into a book to share with the community at large. Twenty local actors from the Muncie Civic Theatre and Ball State University performed two nights of monologues to crowds made up of hundreds of community members. Through the stories shared and dialogues created, The Facing Project helped bring the face of poverty to the forefront, breakdown stereotypes, and open the door for those in poverty, and those who work with those in poverty to have their voices added to the conversation.
Since that time, The Facing Project piloted in five cities across the country:
- Atlanta, Georgia, Facing Sex Trafficking — FEATURED ON NPR!
- Fort Wayne, Indiana, Facing Homelessness – FEATURED ON NPR!
- Rome, Georgia, Facing HOPE
- South Bend, Indiana, Facing the Future through Youth
- Muncie, Indiana, Facing Autism (second project)
The pilots helped shape what The Facing Project could be for other communities, and The Facing Project has now expanded its reach into other communities across the country, from coast to coast. And we want you to be a part of the story! Find out how to get involved!