Olanike, Sergio, and Fikiri settled in Indianapolis after leaving their home countries. After learning to navigate the many challenges of life in a new country, they’ve become dedicated to helping other immigrants and refugees maneuver their own hurdles through the Immigrant Welcome Center’s Natural Helpers program.
Featuring: Immigrant Welcome Center / Indianapolis, Indiana
Run time: 17:11
What started as a state-sanctioned encampment on a seven-acre asphalt slab has evolved into a supportive community for people experiencing houselessness. Since becoming stewards of the site in the summer of 2020, The Other Ones Foundation (TOOF) has collaborated with residents to make the Esperanza Community a safe and dignified home while helping them attain permanent housing and other resources. This film is the first installment in a long-term project to document the community’s evolution into a transitional shelter complex.
Featuring: The Other Ones Foundation / Austin, Texas
Run time: 12:26
When her daughter’s food allergy diagnosis turned her life upside down, Emily became committed to helping other families access nutritious, allergy-conscious food. Her experience led her to launch the Food Equality Initiative, a nonprofit based in Kansas City that provides subsidized, home-delivered groceries to hundreds of families.
Featuring: Food Equality Initiative / Kansas City, Missouri
Run time: 10:23
After surviving a near-fatal stroke, Lotus Rios gained renewed clarity about her life’s purpose and resolved to pour her time, energy, and heart into creating a neighborhood food pantry in her front yard. Hers is one story among many from a rapidly-growing network of mutual aid pantries: the Little Free Pantry movement.
Featuring: Little Free Pantry / Nationwide
Run time: 17:24