Facing Hunger from Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kansas)

The Story of a Helper

I never expected to end up in Manhattan, Kansas, especially coming from a place like…

The Story of a Futurist

Hope is easy to find when you’re young. Open the door and walk on through.…

The Story of a Gardener

I’m addicted. Addicted to daylilies. I’m in three daylily clubs. One in Salina, Topeka, and…

The Story of a Librarian

Hunger can happen to anyone, from any background. You never know how quickly things can…

Jolie Marie’s Story

Jolie Marie’s Story 19 The age my life changes forever. Nevada highways on a Harley…

Improbably Vulnerable

What you can’t see in the photos of Jason and I walking through the woods…

Living Truth

  This summer, I went on a dream trip to France: sleeping in an ancient…

Coming Back to Life

I was studying to be a minister when I fell in love with another minister.…

Curls

My family cried when I cut them off: half a spine’s length of corkscrews that…

Kind of a Funny Story

The real reason Dracula could not see his own reflection in the mirror   wasn’t…

Questioning My Way to Queer

I have not always been comfortable sharing my own story. Raised in a conservative, Pentecostal…

Just Ask Me

I’ve always known I wasn’t straight. I thought it was completely normal to be attracted…

On Bowling Together

The very first time a middle-school student told me they were trans, they were very…

Keeping the Light On

When I was seven years old, I went through a phase where I was convinced…

Coming Out of a Mindset

I became a youth pastor to help kids and teens grow into healthy young adults.…

My Body, My Prison

My dad still mourns the loss of his son. His Facebook posts show me with…

Finding Where I Belong

Do you want the short version or the long version? I didn’t even know who…

No One

We were sitting on the couch and they came in and said, “Your daddy passed…

Cycles of Life

In some sense, where I am today completes a circle in my life path. From…

Man on a Mission

Understanding Christianity did not become real to me until my senior year at Ball State…

A Square Peg

I am the oldest of seven kids. We were raised in middle class by strict…

Limbo

There is nothing more heartbreaking than listening to your child cry “dada” while he is…

An Open Door

When I was younger, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to…

Not Just a Driver

I am a driver, but not just any driver: a deliverer. Most people see me…

The woman on the treadmill

A college student, decides that self-love is more important than letting other people define her…

Love shouldn’t hurt

Think about the mothers, daughters, aunts, and friends in your life as you read this…

Politicized

Jacqueline Patterson’s Story I remember great Grandma taking me into the voting booth with her.…

They Still Call Me Coach

John Ivory’s Story I’m just glad to be from North Dayton an’ Dayton. Dayton’s been…

Full Circle

Mary Jo Dahm’s Story I was born in Old North Dayton to my fabulous mother…

The Story of Me

Linda Burks’ Story  I grew up in a large family; I have four sisters and…

My Neighborhood

Joan Means’ Story  My husband, Michael, and I, along with five children and a dog…

The Ties That Bind

Dorothy Woods’ Story I don’t know why they took away the Priority Boards. They were…

My Grandbaby,

Linda Woods’ Story Have I ever told you the story of how you got your…

Influence to Dominance

Dev Bailey’s Story When I was growing up I spent most of my time outdoors.…

Changing Neighborhoods

Mama Nozipo Glenn’s Story I lived in Africa until ’72, lived in Nashville, TN until…

Community: Common Unity

Gwen Buchanan’s Story Community activism was huge in my upbringing. It taught me the importance…

Community Centered

Barbara Pinson’s Story  The first time I saw Carillon we were riding down Stewart Street…

Investing in Our Community

Mary Varnado’s Story  I’ve been in the neighborhood since ’62. Almost everyone I know is…

Lighting the Way

Niki Fitzgerald’s story as told to Gabriella Fluhler Just another move. Just another school. Nothing…

Is Teaching Worth It?

An anonymous story as told to Todd Smekens  When you grow up with a father…

Facing Education

An anonymous story as told to Kate H. Elliott My classroom mascot is a Yeti,…

A Teacher’s Heart

Felicia Gray’s story as told to Beth A. Messner I was born with a teacher’s…

United We Teach

Jenni McGalliard Marsh’s story as told to WaTasha Barnes Griffin I was a teacher’s kid…

The Story of 2017

2017 was a year of growth for The Facing Project. As we count down the…

Life After High School

  As told to Ian Cree Life After High school             It was my junior…

Finding My Voice

Sota Fujimoto as told to Amanda Trogus Finding my Voice             My name is Sota…

Pathway Through Transitions

Cody’s Story as told to Victoria Ternes   Pathway Through Transitions             I thought…

More Than My Chair

Morgan’s story, as told to Sammy Voors More Than My Chair When I was first…

The Story of a Mother

As told to Autumn Snesrud. I woke up this morning with a feeling in my…

Drugs Destroy Lives

As told to Kelly Sickafoose. I had a great mom and dad, both pillars of…

What is Not Love

Kiara’s story as told by Katrina Brown and Megan Caldwell.   It all started a…

School Social Work

Danielle Age, 35 I always tell people the easiest way to understand school social work…

Pride and Change

Peyton’s Story Age, 22 During the Spring semester of 2016, I had an internship at…

Housing: The Cornerstone

Mark Age, 28 I am an Assistant Public Defender. Any felony case that gets assigned…

Home Sweet Home

Jonathan Smith Age 34 Homelessness. When I think of homelessness I think of underprivileged, injustices,…

Having A 4G Life

Jah-Boo Age 37 Growing up in Albany, Ga. in my early 20’s, there was a…

Have Faith

Margaret Age 49 Food always felt like a connecting point, food could help break the…

Facing My Giant

David Age, 54 I have faced many struggles in my life. These struggles make and…

Behind the Scenes

Brandee Age 30 I’ve always been a helper, which is how I ended up here.…

Bad Habits

Raymond Age 49 I’ll be 50 next April. I’m a Taurus. We can be mean…

Against All Odds

Kay Age 20 I went to seven schools in Atlanta, lived in three hotels, a…

Being the Key

As told to Abby Walton by Lisa Combs. Lisa’s story. She is 48. I first…

Taking Flight

Meredith’s Story / 19 years old written by Megan Haynes I have faded scars. Some…

Finding Home

As told to writer Cindy Baldwin I lay on the floor of my silent mobile…

A Lesson in Gratitude

As told to Cathy Shouse Journalist, novelist, author of Images of America Fairmount & Community…

Missing My Sister

Jennifer’s story written by Christine Rhine God, just let me die, I whispered. Everybody will be…

Helicopter Mom

“I hope when my daughter grows up, I will be her best friend like my…

What’s on the Menu?

“My parents and the R.A.C.E. Group that we attend have taught me, through dialogues and…

Text Message Received

“This time I texted back right away, and let this person finally know who I…

The Question Mark

What separates us: Black . . .White . . .Yellow . . .Brown?

Abdullah Albayk’s Story

Abdullah Albayk’s Story As retold by Jacob Baum and Ashley Harris The rising sun threw…

Abner Vallecillo’s Story

Abner Vallecillo’s Story As retold by Raquel Osborn Many people think that there are cities…

Andrea Rivera’s Story

Andrea Rivera’s Story As retold by Jillian Lueker I’ve never really seen myself as a…

Chi Tiet’s Story

Chi Tiet’s Story As retold by Kelsie Rose I was 23 with my life figured…

Duong Phan’s Story

Duong Phan’s Story As retold by Michaella Ford As I walked into class on the…

Hanan Alnassar’s Story

Hanan Alnassar’s Story As retold by Mary Rily-Walravin My story is not like my fellow…

Nina’s Story

Nina’s Story As retold by Lauren Gould “If you can dream it, you can do…

Jessica Galindo’s Story

Jessica Galindo’s Story As retold by Brianna Bilodeau When I was three years old my…

Jose Gomez Macias’ Story

Jose Gomez Macias’ Story As retold by Gwendolyn Hopkins Contradiction Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico Most of…

Laura Ybarra’s Story

Laura Ybarra’s Story As retold by Arianna Pittenger Looking back at my life now it…

Maria Martinez’ Story

Maria Martinez’s Story As retold by Rachel Osborn and Debra Gibes What defines me?  It…

Marcella Rahmon’s Story

Marcella Rahmon’s Story As retold by Janasia Thomas-Gant The Move:  Part One My mom is…

Mawa Tabir’s Story

Mawa Tabir’s Story As retold by Rachael Hinton I have been many things in my…

Minh Dang’s Story

Minh Dang’s Story As retold by Elizabeth Draeger “We must let go of the life…

Mohamed Ashmawy’s Story

Mohamed Ashmawy’s Story As retold by Dakota Holzwarth             I am a modest man and…

Mustafa Almahasnah’s Story

Mustafa Almahasnah’s Story As retold by Haley Burnett In 2007, I graduated high school. Honestly,…

Ola El-Wahsh’s Story

Ola El-Wahsh’s Story As retold by Rebecca Parsell I wish there was a universal language…

Pardeep Kaur’s Story

Pardeep Kaur’s Story As retold by Debra Gibes I should be nervous, and I am,…

Rania Khirfan’s Story

Rania Khirfan’s Story As retold by Alyssa Linn To my father, school was never “optional.” …

Regina Hernandez’ Story

Regina Hernandez’s Story As retold by Sharonda Love-Wilson I am the youngest in the family.…

Seema Botz’ Story

Seema Botz’s Story As retold by Anthony Koro and Rodney Summers Walking through winter, I…

Serena Enemodia’s Story

They say girls shouldn’t go to schoolSerena Enemodia’s StoryAs retold to Rylee Fritsch from The…

Shuruq Alshakhi‘s Story

Shuruq Alshakhi‘s Story As retold by Rachel Moffitt My English Dictionary Home/hōm/ Some may think…

Thao Tran’s Story

Thao Tran’s Story As retold by Mackenzie Kato I have always known what I’ve wanted…

Vera Koval’s Story

Vera Koval’s Story As retold by Rachel Gonser My story is made up of many…

Wafa Alwageeh’s Story

Wafa Alwageeh’s Story As retold by Anna Spoelman I was in a supermarket once and…

One Day at a Time

“My father has never been in the picture, so my mom and I were very…

The Life of Tom

“About 90% of the people in jail have had at least one major traumatic life…

Sunrise, Sundown

Then, I understood. This is how hate survives. This is how hatred is learned and…

Doing Both?

“I am a mother first and an attorney second. I had this precious little baby…

Ok I’ll do it |

“Whereas in my last year at my all black elementary school, I was learning algebra,…

‘Our’ Issue |

“Seeing an offender as the actual person they are, rather than just seeing their offense,…

A House by Themselves

“Losing my brother was probably the worst thing that’s happened to me, but having my…

Love Over Fear

“I want to teach children who go through similar accidents or the loss of a…

It’s the Passion

“The problem now is that people are not starting bands at the rate that local…

Breaking Cycles |

“At that time the court only focused on addiction. It never dug into the relationship…

The Anger is Mine |

“What compels me the most about my journey is all the hatred and anger that…

Where My Story Begins

“Just like that, they were gone. Lives were changed as families were separated, leaving tear-stained…

Madelyn’s Story

“We can’t have apathy or ignore something because we don’t think it is our problem…

Mary’s Story

“The bomb from Bikini Island—the biggest one ever—is what lit the sky that morning when…

Reuben’s Story

“If you have a loved one with an addiction, the best thing you can do…

The New Racism

“The racism that I experience takes the form of microaggressions. This is the new racism.…

Just a Tiny Little Scene

“That makes me realize that it’s no longer a tiny little scene, here in Greeley.”…

Ken’s Story

“Research has shown that having a diverse mix of people from various socioeconomic statuses is…

Sink or Swim; in Code

“I was tested over and over. I just made myself irreplaceable and developed skills no…

Stand Up

“You will find that a person that’s going to ridicule someone for something is usually…

Corrie Smith

I can face me because that’s who I had to overcome to get to where…

It Shouldn’t Matter

She never said, “You stay away from the white side of the street.” She just…

Barlina Samson’s Story

As told by Mira Mosle Christmas In 1857, missionaries came from Boston to preach. This…

Taking a Chance

“I’m in my early seventies, and I’ve never actively tried to hide being gay, even…

A Long Road Travelled

“Education is the key to escape the bonds of racism. Both society and individuals must…

Irene Ernest’s Story

“The pharmacists taught us how to take care of ourselves with the medicines that we…

Love, Hope, and Music

“My aunt, who goes to that church, told me ‘If they are going to treat…

Eli Asbury Underwood

“So I changed my major. And I felt alive. I knew this change was necessary…

Who’s on Your Team?

“I fight it in schools. I fight it there because that’s where I needed it…

Always Latina

The fact that I call Greeley home does not mean that I deny my roots.…

Awake

At the end of the day, I realized there is a reason I’ve been called…

Hearts and Homes

Happy PRIDE Month! June is the best time of year to discuss the challenges faced…

Zack’s Story

“We shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can…

Aari’s Story: Change

As told to Diana Serrano I’m from Southfield. In Southfield, I had a great life.…

Mike’s Story

I have seen extreme sadness and defeat. I have also seen the most beautiful things…

Irene Ernest’s Story

As told by Art Roche My mother was Marshallese and my father was Kosraean. That’s…

Mary’s Story

As told by Anna Kelley On the morning of March 1, 1954, I woke up…

Dr. A.:

“My greatest lesson learned is one of perseverance, passed down by my grandfather, and I…

Treasure in the River

“It’s just a reminder of the crazy little fantastical things that happen. Things like discovering…

Where My Story Begins

A story from the Greenly community Family is everything to me, family represents home and…

Addiction

Addiction is something that everyone sees or experiences at least once in their life. Addictions…

First – An Original Spoken Word

This story originally appeared in Facing College: First-Generation Stories, a publication of The Facing Project that…

Signs

Amari’s story as told by Erin Loehr and Alyssa Reisinger I started dating this guy…

What Love is Not

Kiara’s story as told by Katrina Brown and Megan Caldwell It all started a few…

Take Me Seriously

Sarah’s story as told by Kimmi Beard and Natalie Kuss When you think of abuse,…

Even My Best Friend

Shayna’s story as told by Kimmi Beard It took me years to realize that I…

You’re Not Alone

Annie’s story as told by Carli Scalf                 …

Scars

Ellie’s story as told by Keli MacDonald & Kaytlyn Bell Things changed when I snuck…

Concerns of a Friend

Ashley’s story as told by Erin Lichtenfeld My best friend, who I’ll call Beth, is…

Suffering in Silence

Alicia’s Story as told by Brianna Thompson I’m what you might call a second-hand victim…

Slither

Christy’s story as told by Mandy Underwood I heard from someone that you beat the…

A Shift in Reality

Cassidy’s story as told by Anna McAtee and Erin Davenport Life seemed like an endless…

Growing Pains

Kara’s story as told by Jonel Thaller For most teenagers, prom is considered a night…

A Mother’s Story

Roberta’s story as told by Lynne Hellman You know that at age 15, 16 or…

Stepping Stones

Mary’s Story. She is 30 years old. I didn’t plan to be homeless… but then,…

Oxygen Mask

(JOSH, 20) I grew up in Detroit, a little bit outside of Redford. I have…

47,000 Things

(ANONYMOUS, 19) I feel like my mission on this Earth is to help others because…

Wess’ Struggle

Watch this story as a video! The thought of college was never truly scary to…

Austen’s Story

Watch This Story as a Video! Attending MSU always seemed like a good option for…

Well Worth the Wait

As told to Becky Crooks, Student Writer   My journey to Marilyn Ringstaff and the…

Gurp

Watch this story as a video! Looking back at it, this was the most humbling…

Dr. A.

As told to Zack Leonatti I was a young boy growing up in the city…

Love Over Fear

As told to Leah Casey Crunch. “Not again,” I think as I feel the toes…

Eli Asbury Underwood

As told to Corrie Smith Eli isn’t short for anything; it’s just what mom chose. …

Corrie Smith

As told to Eli Underwood How do I do this? I’m not really sure how…

Zack’s Story

As told to Albert Akyeampong I did not know the next direction in my life…

Three Days Later

As told to Dustin Rieman I was driving to Ohio Northern University. I was with…

The Lucky Shot

As told to Samson Frendo As soon as I’d heard the news, I came to…

Finding My Passion

As told to Sara Florian Nervous butterflies fluttered around in my stomach as I stared out…

Am I in the Right Place?

As told to Nick Schalitz As soon as the teacher’s voice began to drone through…

Sam’s Story

Watch This Story as a Video! My name is Sam. I am a sophomore lacrosse…

Luis’s Story

Watch this story as a video! Being a first-generation college student isn’t very easy. Nor…

Matt’s Story

Watch This Story as a Video! Hey guys my name is Matt and I’m a…

Jacquelyn, Transfer Student

 I transferred from Macomb Community College (Go, Monarchs, ha ha!), which is located in Macomb,…

Hannah’s Story

I’m Hannah Jung. Daughter. Sister. Christian. Athlete. Korean-American. Elementary Education major with a focus in…

Running from Demons

It was a Saturday night. My husband and I sat down to watch the 10…

A Home Again

It’s not uncommon to read about a house being seized because its resident is cooking…

Extinguishing the Fire

This disease of addiction wants you to remain in a state of obsession and compulsively…

Artificial Happiness

I believe in artificial happiness. That is the only thing I have known. You don’t…

Having Hope

  I started using a substance ever since I was 12 years old. I started…

The Fifth Vital Sign

As told to Colton LeTourneau Since 1991, the U.S has seen a tremendous increase in…

Leading Horses to Water

I work at Meridian Health Services as a licensed clinical-addictions counselor. Most of my time…

My Void

As told to G. Looker & S. Barker The alarm clock blared from the side…

I Stopped the Cycle

Rebecca’s Story As told to Victoria Engelhardt   It had been a perfect date. I…

Halfway Across the World

Sophomore, International Student from Beijing, China As I was sitting in my room watching Gossip…

Comin’ to America

Field hockey is one of the most popular sports in Scotland. We don’t have field…

Changes for the Better

I love that in America I have freedom and all the decisions that come with…

Ahmad’s Story

Watch This Story as a Video! Growing up as a Muslim in Dearborn, Michigan, I…

What’s in a Name?

Konner Paxton’s story as told by Lisa Renze-Rhodes I want to use my name. I…

Made In Muncie

Meranda Herbert’s story. She is 22. As told to Suzanne Clem   When I hear…

Taller Than the Trees

Nathan Barnett’s story. As told to Kira Childers I took a walk in the woods…

Independent Prayers

Kelly Miller’s story As told to Casey Smith It’s always been so nice to be…

Choosing To Be There

Annette Craycraft’s story as told to Sarah Connolly When I was growing up, there was…

Choosing to be Present

Anonymous As told to Rachel Lauve If I hadn’t gone to youth group that day,…

A Club of Leaders

Tony Benford’s story. He is 29, As told to Ron Groves   I was born…

A Brothership Memoir

Kelsey Timmerman’s story. He is 37. Written by Michael Brockley           Potential…

My Person Who Knows

Sue Godfrey’s story. She is 42. As told to Stephanie Fisher   In college my…

Unique Monique

Monique Armstrong’s story. She is 33. As told to Kelsey Timmerman   I felt like…

Hurdles

Crystal Ivy’s story as told to Jennifer Stanley   My name is Crystal Ivy and…

Hearts & Homes

Hearts & Homes Katie’s Story I’ve taken great care in constructing my home. Not the…

Project Update Feb. 17

Our “Facing Depression in Cache Valley” project is well underway. The response from the community…

Make A Difference

Through the Facing project, many can change lives by telling their story. You may think…

Meet The New Team Members!

Our team has gained two new hardworking, dedicated volunteers! Meet Madeline and Amanda! Madeline Grosh…

Drugs Destroy Lives

As told to Kelly Sickafoose I had a great mom and dad, both pillars of…

The Day That She Left Me

An anonymous story She left me on a cold winter day. Christmas decorations still lined…

Life of an ER Doctor

As told to Abbey Jauregui As an emergency room doctor, it is hard to explain…

Drugs Ruin Families

As told to Kelly Sickafoose Before the problems started with my dad, our family was…

Both of Me

As told to Tim Ehlerding I’m lucky to be here, that is both of me…

A Look Through Their Eyes

Just because someone is from another country doesn’t mean they need to earn our respect…

Acknowledgments

To begin with, I would like to thank Professors Devin Bryson and Emily Adams, who…

Scene 9: Politics

RACHEL: I like the American Government. I like it because they give the candidates the…

Scene 7: Marriage

JEFFREY: In Africa how the family is is very different. Here what your family is…

Scene 6: Traffic

ANIMA: In the US you leave cars unlocked and no one touches them—and everyone has…

Scene 5: Cultural Differences

YUHUA: Are Americans different than you thought they would be? HATEEYAT: It’s always different from…

Scene 3: Language Barriers

(Airplane/airport noise. MCABRAHAM enters, in America for the rst time, and speaks to the audience.)…

A Lost Sister

As told to Hannah Dull When I see how relatively healthy people choose to abuse…

Through it All

Below is Lonna’s Poem. This story was first seen in the Facing Racism project a…

Mike’s Story

Mike Henry’s Story /// I have seen extreme sadness and defeat. I have also seen…

‘Our’ Issue

‘Our’ Issue /// You know, growing up, my personality was always that of a helper.…

Breaking Cycles

A story of breaking cycles. /// My parents were teenagers when they had me. My…

The Life of Tom

Sheila’s Story: Mental Health and Veteran Court Coordinator /// Tom has been sent to jail multiple…

Ken’s Story

Ken’s Story /// My name is Ken Adler. I represent one of the many faces…

Reuben’s Story

Reuben’s Story /// Alcohol was always around me. I knew it’s effects and the way…

BOOK LAUNCH

Hello Everyone! We are so happy to announce that the books are finally published and…

Infographics

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the Honors course Health, Science, and Power created…

Download our ebook!

Download our ebook featuring 39 stories of Facing Racism in Muncie. Facing Racism ebook (hi-res)…

It Shouldn’t Matter

WaTasha Barnes Griffin story written by Seth Carrier-Ladd Tasha is 41 years old “Madeline, what…

The Anger is Mine

Richard McKinney’s story written By Tom Steiner. Richard is 48 years old. I didn’t start…

Sunrise, Sundown

Daniel Stallings story written by Jackson Eflin Daniel is 49 years old Heavy fog was…

What’s on the Menu?

Deanna’s story written by WaTasha Griffin. Deanna is a pseudonym and is in 7th grade.…

I Was Mad, Real Mad

Rashid Shabazz’s story written by River Lin Rashid is 73 years old Mad. Real mad.…

The New Racism

Mia Johnson’s story written by Andrea Wolfe Mia is 36 years old About a year…

Ok I’ll do it

June Payne’s story written by Travis O. Graves. June is 65 years old. There were…

Hospitality

Mina Samaan’s story as told Josh Holowell Mina is 28 years old Everything was quiet.…

Time Warp

Vivian Morrison’s story written by Sherri Beaty Vivian is 60 years old I’m black, so…

Sink or Swim; in Code

Ruby Cain’s story written by Aimee Robertson-Fant Ruby is 64 years old I didn’t know…

A Long Road Travelled

Charles Payne’s story written Steve Knote Charles is 74 years old Education is the key…

Who’s on Your Team?

Renae Mayes’s story written by Taylor Wicker Renae is 30 years old I played basketball…

Good

Tonikia Steans’s story written by Anna Groover Tonikia is 41 years old I was born…

Enemies Out of Allies

An Anonymous Story written by Ari Hurwitz I would say some things are better in…

Uprooting Racism

Jason Donati’s story written by Josh Holowell. Jason is 36 years old. “What did you…

Fighting Racism with Love

Mary Dollison’s story, written by Lauren Bishop-WeidnerMary is almost 74 years old Although I was…

The Question Mark

Maria Williams-Hawking’s story written by Lizz Alezetes.Maria is 63 years old. Question marks fill the…

A Battle to Fight

Ella McNeary’s story written by Lenore AllenElla is 72 years old I came to Muncie…

On Not Feeling Safe

An Anonymous story written by Resa Matlock Storyteller is 44 It was our destiny. I…

Facing Racism with Help

Sam Abram’s story written by Lauren Bishop-Weidner Sam is 78 years old My father, Lonnie…

In the Punch Line

Jayla Scaife’s story written by Travis Graves Jayla is 18 years old They always make…

The Dreams of the Hopeful Youth

Emily’s Story, Written by Maggie West Emily is 12 My parents taught me that I should never judge people. Everyone is equal and everyone is a person. My dad is the reason why I have a strong interest in these issues. He is a student and is studying Social Work. I love to go with him to talks and meetings about dealing with race and religion issues. It teaches me how to be open-minded and I feel that it makes a good impact on me. It all started before I was born. My aunt told my mom that she was ruining my life. I am mixed. I’m Mexican and American. My aunt believed that I wouldn’t be accepted by my Mexican or…

Lonna’s Poem

Lonna Jordan’s story written by Michael Brockley. Lonna is 53 years old. Do You Hear…

Awake

Avery’s Story How do we know who we are? It’s that big mystery in life;…

Our Geographical Palette

Our Geographical Palette Rick’s Story Most of the time I don’t feel like a Springfielder.…

Culture Fest

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Culture Fest and who stopped by…

An Exercise in Compassion

Hey Everyone, Check out our article on Wittenberg University’s website. We are so excited to…

Interfaith Walk of Peace

On Saturday June 25th Miami Valley Islamic association organized a peace walk in remembrance of…

Joey Feek Passes Away

Joey Feek, half of the country duo, Joey+Rory, passed away on Friday, March 4. On Tuesday,…

A Lesson in Gratitude

Being 79 years old and a retired nurse, I have seen hardships over the years…

Hope Pulls Me Forward

Since I am a seventh generation Yorktown person, I know most of the folks in…

Nuances of Poverty

Not living in poverty ourselves, we don’t always recognize the sort of difficulties that can…

The Color of Muncie

I was born in Muncie in 1945 and grew up in the Whitely neighborhood. I…

A Thousand Pieces

I was brought up in an upper middle class family where everyone knew of my…

It’s Not Your Fault

The basement looked like an ice rink. Kids might have wanted to play on it…

Hope is a luxury

Hope is a luxury, not given into easily–Such a frightening thing Hope is. Reaching out…

Muncie Mayor is Cancer Free

Muncie’s Mayor, Dennis Tyler spent the month of January 2016 fighting malignant melanoma found on…

New Year, New Phase

You may have seen the news last week during Giving Tuesday, but we’re delighted to…

Featured Story: Mine

This week’s featured story comes from Muncie, Indiana, where Interlock used The Facing Project model…

Don’t Wait

Please don’t wait until it get worse. Watch the video and reach out!

What’s in a Name?

Konner Paxton’s story as told by Lisa Renze-Rhodes I want to use my name. I…

Missing My Sister

Jennifer’s story written by Christine Rhine God, just let me die, I whispered. Everybody will be…

Taking Flight

Meredith’s story / 19 years old / written by Megan Haynes I have faded scars.…

The Perfect Façade

An anonymous story Every week, I meet with a small circle of fellow students. We…

An Unspoken Issue

An anonymous story Little did I know that, in joining a campus sprawling with individuals…

Lucky

An anonymous story, written by Summer Abiad Sometimes, I just have a great day. Most…

An Efficient Obsession

An Anonymous Story, written by Rosie Major Efficiency really drives me. It is essentially perfectionism…

Seeing the Signs

He or she wouldn’t do this unless he or she loves me. It it all…

Put on Your Teal!

Spread awareness by wearing teal this month. Help teens by talking about consent, and no…

Speak Up

Watch the video below and hear these teens speak up against dating violence

April Fools!

Teen Dating Violence is not a joke. It’s not funny. Help stop the violence. Spread…

A Timeless Classic

Jeff Ross’s Story as told by his mother, Ann Marie Ross Written by J.R. Jamison…

C.U.R.E

Check out this public service message!

You are an Advocate

Sharing your knowledge through your own personal story, or through someone you know who has…

Parents and Teen Dating

As a parent you want to protect your child.  Keeping an open conversation and giving…

One Love

Check out One Love Foundation (https://www.joinonelove.org/) that was created in honor of Yeardley Love, who…

That’s Not Cool

Where do you draw the line when it comes to phone calls, texting, emails, social…

Did you know?

* 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner a year.…

What is Facing Rockbridge?

By Kamryn McPike While a Rolling Stone article is making sexual assault on college campuses…

I’m a Fool for Christ

Neil’s Story As told to writer Sarah Hendrix /// You’ve heard of a 12-step program,…

A Personal Connection

Throughout my life, I’ve had relatively little exposure to people who have struggled with depression.…

New Beginnings

I was born in Windsor, England, a stone’s throw away from the Windsor Castel. Though…

Breaking the Cycle

I grew up in McPherson and graduated from MHS. My parents weren’t really well-off financially,…

Looking Ahead to 2015

Last week we shared our 2014 Year in Review and payed homage to our hometown…

2014 Year in Review

Since The Facing Project is headquartered in Muncie, Indiana—which happens to be the home of…

Dreams

At 52-years-old, I recently graduated from the Circle Leader Training and became a Circle Leader.…

Kind People

No matter what anyone says, I always did the best that I could. I’m not…

Learning to Trust

My mom left my dad when I was two. I was little but still recall…

Building Character

Why the heck did God let all these horrible things happen to me? I’ve always…

What I Know About Me

Back when I was a year and a half, my older brother and a couple…

No Negative Energy

When I was 16, I walked to school every day with my sister and our…

To Begin Again

This story of how I ended up living in poverty in McPherson, Kansas. This is…

Butterflies

A Poem by Kristie Huhn We are like butterflies, caught in the hands of life.…

Finding Home

I lay on the floor of my silent mobile home praying to God that there…

My Tribe

When I got sick, everything went to hell. I have Graves’ disease. It is an…

Facing Suicide Part 1

In 2010 I traveled to Ireland to research suicides. The gap between the loveliness of…

Abuse is No Secret

Susan’s Story As told to Sarah Wilder /// Pharmacy school prepares you for a lot…

I Stopped the Cycle

Rebecca’s Story As told to Victoria Engelhardt /// It had been a perfect date. I…

Live Your Legacy

We recently had the opportunity to travel to Rome, Georgia, to speak at the Bonner…

Jolie Marie’s Story

as told to and written by poet Jeffrey Own Pearson 19 The age my life…

Daddy’s Little Girl

As told to Yewande Austin /// Pretty girl is what they always call me. A…

A Matter of Trust

As told to Desmonique and Ravane and performed by Little Debbie Youth from Playmaking for…

Souls for Sale

As told to Soul Scribe the Poet /// When do little girls learn about the…

PIMP

As told to Alphonso “A’Qen-Aten” Jackson /// P . . . I . . .…

Dear Mom and Dad

As told to Jeff Perri Dear Mom and Dad: There were two defining moments from…

Sharing Stories

I’ve been working with the Facing Project for 4 months now. In those few months,…

I’m Empowered

Edward’s Story As told to Missy Reid /// I signed a Division I football scholarship…

Want to be in a video?

  Calling…well everyone! We are making a promotion video for the facing project and we…

Do Something

As told to meeK –The Pedophile, the Pimp and the Sex Slave–   There is…

Blue Dragon Avatar

Brian’s Poem. /// In the fourth grade, I asked my mom why I had a…

Being the Key

Lisa’s story. She is 48. Watch the reading of Lisa’s story from the Facing Autism…

Changing Normal

Kim’s Story.  She is 41. /// I didn’t learn that my daughter, who is now…

All I Can Give

Haley’s Story. She is 36. /// You know, some people think that you are valuable based…

Pay Attention

The Facing Project is a community storytelling project that connects people through stories to strengthen…

Journaling

Becca’s Story.  She is 30. /// I decided that in spite of what the doctors…

Drive

Marie’s Story.  She is 36. /// It started with the virus, when Leslie was three. …

This is My Son

Belinda’s story. She is 42. /// Gabriel, my 13-year-old son, has been a better gift…

Mine

Christine’s story.  She is 43. /// People often ask me if—knowing what I know now—would…

My Son, The Prom King

Emma’s story. She is 42. /// My story is a lot different than parents who have…

Well Worth the Wait

My journey to Marilyn Ringstaff and the Women of W.O.R.T.H. organization was not a short,…

The Other Side of Me

“I never imagined this could happen to me.” Everyone says that but it is true.…

Taking the First Step

I first connected with the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth when I became…

A New Day for Angel

As my daughter Angel neared high school, I became more nervous for her knowing graduation…

Ready, Willing, and Stable

Without the Rome, Georgia chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), I’d probably…

The American Dream

It was a hot and stifling night. As I lay drifting off to sleep, my…

No More Bad Things

Dear Diary,                                                                                                     28 April 2011 I am writing to you in secret because Mommy…

A Hand Up

Our eldest daughter came to live with us, bringing our grandchildren and a suitcase of…

Four-legged Philanthropy

I have always loved animals. It’s not an uncommon interest I know, loving animals, but…

A Breath of Fresh Air

Chronic bronchitis. All the doctors kept telling me that’s what it was when I was…

Will Work For Treats

Compassionate Paws, Inc. is an affiliate of Pet Partners. It was originally created July 5,…

The Long Road Home

“The court orders that the defendant shall serve a sentence of 40 years in state…

His Way

If you need something and I’ve got it, I’ll share what I’ve got. That’s the…

It’s not Your Fault

The basement looked like an ice rink. Kids might have wanted to play on it…

Ask

Dana’s Story. She is 39. /// Ask. Ask why she doesn’t always make eye contact.…

Chloe’s Story

Chloe is a twelve-year-old girl who is a sixth grader at Clay School. She lives…

Healing is Believing

Angela’s story. She is 43. /// The circus curtains in the boys’ room were iridescent.…

Thriving in the Unknown

Allison’s story. She is 34. /// It rocks your world.  It really does. Having a…

Calling All Writers

Drug abuse is a growing problem in our community. And to combat that, Union College…

Home Plate

Dennis’s Story. He is 32. Watch the reading of Dennis’s story from the Facing Autism…

Tackle

Chad’s Story.  He is 36. Watch the reading of Chad’s story from the Facing Autism…

Kiyah’s Story

Kiyah is a 12 years old. She lives with her mother and younger sibling (sister).…

Nikki’s Story

Nikki is 15-years-old and attends The Crossing High School at The Kroc Center where she…

Zeai’s Story

Zeai sees the world as “an opportunity to be a beacon of light for her…

A Troubled Teenage Girl

Teenage girlsAre comparable to a natural mineral or gemstoneWhen a mineral or gemstone is first…

My Anger Can Go

My anger comes andmy anger goesWhen it comesI often forgetTo think about myself and the…

Carissa’s Story

Carissa is 19-years-old and graduated from Clay High School in June 2013. Graduating is a…

Gabby’s Story

Gabby is 11-years-old and is going into the 5th grade. She was held back when…

Katrina’s Story

Katrina is a 16-year-old girl who attends Clay High School in South Bend, Indiana. She…

Allie’s Story

Allie has attended four schools because her family has moved many times during her childhood.…

Tiara’s Story

Tiara, age 16, says that being a teenager in South Bend, Indiana is a “struggle…

In America I Trust

Daniel’s story. Age 21. Oregon.  What’s your story? Join the project and share.  /// In…

Welcome to Our Blog

Union College has teamed up with The Facing Project to share the stories of those…

White Girl Born in America

Daisha’s Story. Age 33. Georgia. What’s your story? Join the project and share. /// A…

Amilcar’s Journey

In 2005, I traveled to Honduras because my T-shirt was made there. Silly reason, I…

Welcome to Our Blog!

Thank you for visiting Facing HOPE in Rome, Georgia, an affiliate of The Facing Project.…

What’s Next?

Linda’s Story. She is 50 years old. Life was moving all around me, but I…

We Are All the Same

Amber’s Story. She is 26 years old. I remember hearing my mother cry, though she…

Stepping Stones

Mary’s Story. She is 30 years old. I didn’t plan to be homeless . .…

Outside Living

James’s Story. He is 56 years old. I been living outside for awhile now, but…

Nothing Else Mattered

Dwight’s Story. He is 60 years old. I was a juvenile delinquent and I never…

No Regrets

Caroline’s Story. She is 41 years old. My journey to homelessness began when I took…

How I Became Homeless

John’s Story. He wrote this account himself. I am 32 years of age, a community…

I Just Blinked

Danielle’s Story. She is 25 years old. Everybody has a story. Stories matter. People need…

I Did it for Her

Joe’s Story. He is 59 years old. I spent some time in the service. I…

The Hamburger Guy

Eddie’s Story. He is 55 years old. Sunday nights are a little crazy at McDonald’s…

Healing

Michelle’s Story. She is 45 years old. In August 1993 I was homeless. I cannot…

Choices and Changes

Neil’s Story. He is 38 years old. Well I lost my job, and that was…

Birthday Blessings

Allison’s Story. She is 37. It was five or six years back, around 2008, when…

Bicycles

Matthew’s Story. He is 46 years old. Homelessness isn’t a disease or a political issue…

An Unfairy Tale

Alicia’s Story. She is 22 years old. When my sister and I were young, we…

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