Our Journey Home

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Where we come from shapes who we are, and how others see us. Home gives us a sense of belonging and stability. It’s so much more than just a physical structure. It’s our safety, our refuge, our launch pad. Yet, so many people in the U.S. face housing instability and homelessness. A shocking 76% of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck (Bankrate.com Survey 2013). They are just one accident or injury away from losing everything. Losing a place to call their own. “Our Journey Home” follows three families and examines how their relationship to home has shaped them. Growing up in public housing, Byron Ellis felt judgment from others about the place he called home. He knew people thought he would never amount to anything coming from behind the tall gates of “the projects” where his family lived. But the doubters lit a fire under him. Stephanie Graham’s safety and stability crumbled at the hands of an abusive ex-husband. She moved back home with her handicapped father, who was later killed in a hit-and-run. That was the beginning of the avalanche. She ended up in a Skid Row shelter with her children. Stephanie's story shows us that homelessness can happen to anyone. When Rosalio Galaviz was a baby, his family emigrated from Mexico to the U.S. for a new life. But shortly after arriving, a tragic incident sent his father to prison and left his mother alone to care for five children. Her minimum wage jobs could barely make ends meet. Public housing saved his family from living on the streets and afforded all of them the stability to thrive. “Our Journey Home” challenges our perceptions about people in need of supportive housing. The film examines the role we all play in supporting those who struggle in having a stable place from where they can grow and dream. A place to call their own.
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"Our Journey Home" is an intimate look behind the walls of public housing projects that uses real-life stories to humanize an issue that's often overlooked in our communities.” – Sara Boboltz, Associate Entertainment Editor, Huffington Post 

“There are's a lot of misconceptions about people that are homeless and people in public housing. And the more misconceptions you have, the less compassion and empathy you have for the people who live there. ” –Jewel

“The three stories about these individuals is an eye opener to break the stereotypes of getting public help. I was able to connect with most of the characters because I saw a little bit of me in some of them. The number one thing I can relate to in each story is the determination to overcome the difficulties through perseverance.” -Rosemarie

“I have grown up hearing people talk about how public housing can be a waste of money and resources. This is the first time I have heard statistics actually showing that a little bit of help can go a long way in helping with a fixable problem. Would be nice if more people could hear this message.” -Jimmy

“I was drawn in [to Byron’s story] from the very beginning, shared his disappointment when he didn't get into medical school, and felt the emotion and excitement when he got in...and graduated! That story is the cornerstone of what public housing can, and does, do.” -Jeremy

Additional Information

Runtime: 55 min.

Rating: NR

Genres: Documentary

Subtitles / Closed Captioning: None

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