One of my most memorable moments in Detroit came from an encounter I had at this building. Liger and I were exploring one of the floors when I saw a giant mound of blankets covering a man sleeping on a mattress. It startled me for a second until a friendly voice under the blankets acknowledged our presence.
He didn’t want any trouble or ask us for anything; in fact, he told us to be careful and even offered us some of the little food and drink he had with him. I didn’t see any 40oz beers, liquor bottles, or any drug-related items. He was getting by in his own way and sharing an incredible warmth and spirit with everyone he passed by. Liger and I gave him a few bucks and he thanked us for allowing him to get something hot in his stomach.
A couple of hours later, we run into this man on the way out. He looked rejuvenated, said he just got a hot meal in him and thanked us again. He told us to pop by any time we were in the area for a snack or drink in his little space. This is just another shining example of the incredible kindness I see in the people of Detroit. Despite having nothing, they ask you for nothing but will give you what they have. People everywhere can learn a lot from this man.
Note: This story has nothing to do with the picture. The image is a three shot stitch with a 24mm TS-E lens.
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