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Lowcountry company hopes to take homeless initiative nationwide

Lowcountry company hopes to take homeless initiative nationwide

They're placed by the hundreds in downtown Charleston -- the hollow silhouettes of the tri-county's homeless.

"We saw a need," James Meadors said Friday. "I guess I've seen that need for years."

Meadors and his team at Meadors Incorporated are raising awareness. Even though Tent City is cleared, the homeless still wander.

For Meadors, the project is as much a passion project as it is one of self reflection.

"Maybe I'm the only one in the world but occasionally I won't look at them," Meadors said. "I'll keep looking forward. Why'd I do that?"

"When we were creating these figures we wanted them to be human scale," Christine Bozigar said. "We wanted there to be men and women and families."

The same men, women and families living on city streets. The idea -- anyone can one day be homeless.

"We're not trying to create a new organization to deal with homelessness," Meadors said. "We're trying to connect the community to the organizations that already exist."

Each cutout has a QR code. If you scan it, it takes you to a website for more information on the installation itself. On that site, information on nearly two dozen tri-county organizations working to end homelessness.

"We still need to be talking about it and the community still needs to be involved," Bozigar said.

Now this installation is looking to go national. With the help of Mayor John Tecklenberg, Meadors is sending a letter to the Mayors of each US capitol city. The idea, to get one cut out in every state, making this footprint greater than the hearts and minds of Charleston.

"A city is truly judged by the way we treat our weakest members and so that's something that we need to continue to focus on as a community, and hopefully as a country," Bozigar said.

The cut outs have been up since July 1 and will come down Monday.

Each will be recycled or reused around the Lowcountry in other installations, or in the homes of homeless advocates.


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