Scott Streble

For over 40 years, Scott has worked with nonprofits and NGO’s, photographing over 50 homeless shelters—including Denver Rescue Mission for 15 years—food banks, hospitals, family farms, and international relief organizations.

What inspired you to take photos for nonprofits/Rescue Missions?

Initially I wanted to be a fashion photographer but was given a chance to take photos for the Los Angeles Mission and felt like this is the work I should/need to do. I believe in the missions of those I work with, and I realized that photography can be used to shine a light on both the need for services and the results of the good work that is being done by those I am working with. Denver Rescue Mission does such valuable work especially considering the large number of people they serve. Everyone is gracious and welcoming, and I consider it an honor and privilege to work there and use photography to help people.

Are there any memories that stand out to you during your time with Denver Rescue Mission?

I photographed David waiting to check in for the night. He wrote me an email saying, “I know a lot of people out there are way too narrowminded and prejudge anyone at a shelter. I would be glad to do my small part if I can, to possibly reshape a few minds to change their thought process to think all sorts of people can find themselves homeless.” David felt empowered to be able to help the Mission and clearly felt like he was being cared for, which is the best-case scenario.

This post is part of December’s Changing Lives Newsletter. This month, we’re sharing Jerome’s story of finding a home and finding hope in: A Place to Call Home.

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