OUR PURPOSE IS TO EFFECT SOCIAL CHANGE BASED ON THE NEEDS IDENTIFIED IN THE INTERPRETATION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND NARRATIVES RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY
Rev. Paul Watson
This picture have me in it going out on the streets to bring food and talk with the homeless in the city of Allentown at American Parkway. We sometimes complain when we clean out our refrigerators about all the spoil food that we throw away. Thishomeless man that I was sitting within this picture just wished he had food to eat.
New Christian Harvest Church believes in Diversity and Communities! Last year 2015 New Christian Harvest Church hosted the "Jesus Saves Revival". Evangelist Eugene McDuffie and Reverend Paul B. Watson "Against The Slate" a feature Band at West Park Allentown Pa. The Park is located between W Linden street and W Turner street. People from different cultures and backgrounds came together in Unity to Worship, Pray and Fellowship together in harmony.
Here is a picture with a young man that was 19 years old and he was homeless. This young man was forced to choose to live on the street or stay with his stepfather that was verbally and psychically abusing him and beating his Mother. As I listen to this young man tell me his story I wept! Few words about this picture: Sometimes people become homeless because they are running away from those that are harming them. I could definitely relate to this young man story in the picture. I had to runaway at a young age and I was homeless to. I believe Everybody deserves a place to sleep safely.
Ismael Rodriguez Jr.
Top of PPL at the flag pole.
New friends motivating each for a better health and body by working out at Rose Garden.
"If no one told you they loved you today, I do."
I take pictures of parts of the Lehigh Valley and when they aren't usually seen to show the beauty of the little parts.
Sharon K. Merkel
I have been walking the streets of Allentown for the past 10 years shooting the architecture as form. I find the new construction as well as the old are beautiful in their own way.
Started working in Allentown when the company I work for moved to the 5th floor in the new 3 City Center building.
My new cube with an expansive view is beyond words. Keeps my perspective clear.
Clothesline Picture: This is a picture taken from the Crime Victims Council's annual Victims' Rights Vigil. This year a clothesline was created out of t-shirts made by Lehigh Valley residents who have been affected by crime. This picture reminds us all that through hope comes healing.
PPL Tower Picture: This is a picture of the PPL Tower, which our agency (Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley) advocated to have it illuminated teal from April 8th-15th this past year to raise awareness for sexual violence.
Allentown's Coffee House Without Limits is a gathering place where all feel welcome. It provides a needed space for poetry, art, music, meetings, book clubs.
I was fascinated by the heart outline I saw amongst the trees as I looked up one day at Lone Lane Park. It reminded me that hope and love are constantly present all around us.
Winter wonderland at the Lehigh Valley Zoo.
My husband was ill this year and to help him recover we started walking every other day at the Parkway. At first he could only go a little ways, but he grew stronger and stronger. Every time we walked, we saw wildlife, and it motivated him to try again. Now he's fully recovered but we still walk because we love it so much.
Views of an old neighborhood which was redeveloped in the late sixties. In the area of which is now Martin Luther King Pkwy. Wire, Lawrence, Water, Florence & S. Fifth St.
Eric Feinstein in the Allentown Rose Garden. Eric is a ballet dancer and performer with Repertory Dance Theatre. Eric is a well known figure in the Lehigh Valley dance community and has mentored many young dancers throughout the years.
This is my Allentown neighborhood - my home, art out my window and the beautiful art park.
I was raised in Allentown, PA. Each of these images represents how Allentown makes me feel. The streets are filled with many memories of the many times I walked up and down them growing up. Whether it was walking down Hamilton street to go to school or shop at the stores, visiting West park during Mayfair to hear the music in the spring or visiting the Arts Park now as an adult with my own children to enjoy the heart of the city - all these images represent my love for Allentown.
Downtown's first NYE celebration!
The political revolution in Allentown.
In a constantly changing city, some things fall through the cracks.
Little man feeling the water...
Passing through Hamilton Street on a Sunday Night
Kids being kids.
A beautiful image of the PPL building on Hamilton street.
Downtown, where the image has been changed decade after decade. Here is the queen city in all its glory.
My sons first rollar coaster experience on steel force at Dorney park and wildwater kingdom. Upon returning back into the station to exit the ride he said to me "Mom I almost exploded! Can we do it again!?" Of course, my response was "Yes!"
Take me out to the ball game!
The revitalization of Allentown started with its core but the past still shines with lamp posts filled with flowers, an ornate bank door, and the annual reminder of the holiday for generations throughout the valley.
Sunset pictures of the East and South side of Allentown.
Nature is always present. Allentown is a great example of this, as it has so many beautiful parks, gardens and mountain side vistas. Attached are examples of a few of my favorite things "a--la-Allentown." Covered bridges is a given in the Lehigh Valley, and is always exciting to encounter one. Every time I visit the trout nursery, I relax and enjoy the sounds of the water. Finally, the Allentown rose garden brings color and life to me, as I try to mimic the vast garden in my own little backyard. The colors and nature of Allentown surpass anything I have witnessed in my many travels and places I have lived, including Europe. Thank you Allentown and your natural beauty and colors.
With a piece of chalk, and a little imagination, every child in Allentown can be an artist.
Took this photo on top of my gallery.
A young Allentown resident skateboarding the streets with her dog, being awesome.
This photo was taken in front of The Allentown Corps Salvation Army building located on the corner of 8th and Turner Streets prior to our bell ringers going out for the day. Funds raised during this campaign help support our year round social service and youth department programs and services.
The Second photo shows the Reed family excepting an award at our 2015 Red Kettle Campaign Dinner event. Andre Reed attended programs at The Salvation Army as a child and his mother, Joyce Reed-Ebling has since volunteered every holiday season to coordinate the local Angel Tree Program.
I mentor a 3rd grade student from Jefferson Elementary School. Dream, Believe, Achieve is the school's motto. It is only when we dream and believe that we can achieve. This is my vision for Allentown.
I took this picture on a snowy day on 8th Street in Allentown...just around Gordon Street. To me, this picture represents the future of our city. It is a mixed income neighborhood where there are gorgeous homes with homeowners who take tremendous pride in the properties and lots of works in progress including two Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley rehabilitation projects. This photo represents hope to me.