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Boise man’s cross-country trip will document homelessness in the U.S.

Justin Doering will begin his travels this summer to compile the stories of homelessness.
Justin Doering will begin his travels this summer to compile the stories of homelessness. Justin Doering

Justin Doering has a compelling name for his project, “Fifty Sandwiches,” and a creative idea, traveling cross-county in a van this summer to explore homelessness across the U.S.

Across the continental U.S., he plans to offer men and women a free meal in exchange for sitting down with him, sharing their stories, and having their picture taken. Ultimately, Doering plans to compile the stories into a book.

Through his project, Doering, a recent Boise State University graduate in communications and journalism, is hoping to “humanize the homeless.”

“This project,” he said, “hopes to give a collective face to an issue too often perceived as an inevitable rung in the social food chain.”

Doering ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 to start the project. A new GoFundMe campaign will raise money to support the project as it progresses. If you’d like to donate, find more details on Justin’s GoFundMe page. You can also keep up with Doering and follow his route on his website, fiftysandwiches.com.

Doering said he got inspiration for his project from the popular photography/story projectHumans of New York, which tells evocative, inevitably touching, capsule stories about people on the streets of New York. He said he has worked hard in the past months to spread word about his project. Numerous news organizations, including Boise State Radio, The Atlantic, and Latina Lista, have featured stories about Doering and his project.

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