Project Wake Up Call: Spokane Uncovered is an art project that is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Blessings Under The Bridge, a nonprofit devoted to feeding the homeless and restoring hope, purpose and dignity to those lost on the streets. Now, through Blessings Under the Bridge, you can make a difference. Get Involved.
From the beginning, Blessings Under the Bridge has offered unconditional love to the homeless by restoring hope, purpose and dignity to the hearts and lives of those lost on the streets. An upscale server for the homeless, founder Jessica Kovac and her husband, Mike, have served over 100,000 meals under an I-90 overpass in Spokane since 2007. With help from community donors, they also give away bags of groceries, haircuts, clothing and blankets, along with hot coffee and sacks filled with gourmet treats.
Dean Davis brings a unique perspective to the photography field. Having spent seven years in the Middle East and Europe courtesy of the U.S. Army, his work is infused with honesty, respect and utmost professionalism. Based in Spokane, Washington, Davis began his commercial photography career in 1997. Since then, he has captured compelling and effective images that receive consistent praise and recognition.
Dean is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and serves on the Arts Committee for the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. Notably, he is also on the Advisory Committee for the Spokane Falls Community College Photography Program.
To bring Project Wake Up Call to life in Spokane, local photographer, Dean Davis, was tasked with creating a photo series that uncovered the living situation of the homeless community in the Spokane, Washington.
Captured in the front of the building next to Dean Davis’ studio, the man pictured is seen here nearly every day.
Under the freeway in the very early morning, these benches offer a place off the ground to sleep.
This garbage enclosure behind an old Chinese buffet offers a bit of protection from the wind. Not so much from the rain.
This mattress, while filthy, offers a softer surface to sleep on than the nearby pavement.
One of many encampments found along the river. These camps are built in hard-to-reach places.
Encampment along the river in daylight.
“It became impossible after taking on this project to not be affected by it. After searching out and photographing camps along the river, photographing people sleeping throughout the city and taking intimate portraits of this transient population I have learned much and have a deeper sense of empathy and compassion for them. The people I met and the stories I heard have taught me that these are real people with real and rich histories. They may sleep under bridges and covered doorways or down by the river but they are mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts. They are someone you went to high school with, or served in the military with, or maybe someone you used to work with. They may have ended up homeless but they are people. They have a sense of humor, a sense of dignity, a sense of family. They laugh, cry, sing, read books, write poetry and play cards. They are much like me and you, they just don’t have a place to sleep at night.”
Situated on the Spokane River, Hotel RL is located in the heart of the city across from Riverfront Park. Locals and visitors alike can get a taste of the local scene with artisanal coffee and unparalleled views of the city. Both local experts and active members of the community, associates pride themselves in being a part of Project Wake Up Call that supports this charming city.