'Pictures of Hope' changes the lives of homeless children through photography

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Lauren Glassberg has the story. (WABC)

There's an inspiring program in New York City that is giving a special group of children a chance to see life through a different lens.

The award winning "Pictures of Hope" introduces them to the world of photography and encourages them to share their dreams using a camera.

These children are all staying at Hillside House. It's a homeless shelter for families. They don't have much in the way of material goods, but they're each getting a camera and a little lesson on shooting from Linda Solomon, a photojournalist.

"I'm going to teach them about photography and show them they can capture a dream. They're going to realize the importance of their dreams," Solomon said.

By working with mentors, including some celebrities, the kids are encouraged to write down their dreams and share them.

"My hope is to help my mom," one child said.

But for some it doesn't come so easily.

"Sometimes it's hard to express verbally something that's deep within, what's in their hearts," Solomon said.

Maybe those dreams include going to college, having a garden, or just a peaceful sky.

Their images will eventually end up on greeting cards which will be sold through Linda's non-profit, "Pictures of Hope". The proceeds will go to Hillside House.

"There are $22,000 homeless children in New York and the average age is 7, so when you can purchase a card like this you truly can change someone's life," Solomon said.

At Hillside House, something as simple as a camera can change the path for a homeless child.

For more information on how to buy some of the greeting cards please visit: http://www.lindasolomonphotography.com/PicturesOfHope/

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