The Real Change Portrait Project was founded by Jon Williams, Art Director at Real Change. Jon wanted to raise awareness of the mission of Real Change as the non-profit Seattle
newspaper expanded from Seattle into Bellevue and Kitsap County. The project gives local artists a chance to paint a portrait of one of the vendors for the paper, all
of whom are either homeless, or low income. The portraits give the general public an educated view of the challenges facing the homeless today, showing an ordinary face
to the often misunderstood views on homelessness.