Wheeling and not looking

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I'm interested in please check all that apply. You may opt-out anytime by clicking "unsubscribe" from the newsletter or from your. Jessica lights a candle for warmth at a tent encampment in Wheeling, WV on December 20, Jessica did not use the Winter Freeze shelter, which is now housed in a closed mental health facility because of her past experience as a patient there.

This night she stayed close to a friend who made a commitment to stop using drugs and was in the throes of withdrawal. Photo by Rebecca Kiger.

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Kiger, a Wheeling-based documentary photographer, felt that story needed told, she needed to help tell it and she wanted it amplified by as large of an outlet as she could find. She ended up partnering with one of the biggest. The piece provides a window into a pressing issue, chronicling the people living through it and those trying to help.

The idea germinated, Kiger said, after a National Geographic contract editor had approached her looking for a project it could run during the Christmas holidays. She wanted to pitch the idea of what it looks like to help vulnerable people during the pandemic.

National Geographic ultimately passed on the pitch, but Kiger strongly believed people needed to know about the situation. Local social workers told Time that, in a bad year, two to four homeless people in the area die each Wheeling and not looking. That 22 had died during the pandemic showed how dire the situation was for those without homes in the Wheeling area. This photo was one of many from Wheeling-based documentary photographer Rebecca Kiger that was featured in a recent Time magazine project about how the COVID pandemic has affected the local homeless community. Crystal Bauer, the director of staff development and a registered nurse at Peterson Rehabilitation Center, also is the director of Project HOPE Street Medicine, which provides medical services for the local homeless population and helps them link up with services like Wheeling Health Right.

She is among those photographed and featured in the Time. Much of the culprit in the precipitous rise in deaths, Bauer said, was not just the physical toll of the pandemic within the homeless community, but the mental and emotional toll.

The lockdowns and the distancing were tough enough for those who are housed.

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For the homeless, that despair jumps exponentially. Those without homes depend on services not only for warm places and food to eat, but for a sense of community, fellowship and camaraderie. Soup kitchens closed, but still provided food to go. In making her pitch to Moakley, she did something normally considered a no-no. With most pitches, photographers send about 20 pictures. She sent Moakley We sat down … and went through the work.

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She told me what it was all about. She took the time to talk to them and learn their stories. She is a Wheeling resident who returned day after day to continue her work. And she also was happy to show the important help so many local organizations provide. I hope that our policies and our larger institutions catch up with that.

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