The Voices of Our City Choir, a local choir comprised of adults who are experiencing homelessness, recently joined up to sing with the Chamber Choir's debut concert of the San Diego Children’s Choir earlier this year. Aaron, a ninth grade Premier & Chamber chorister, was asked to reflect on how this collaboration shaped his view on homelessness. Aaron found that his experience served as a realization that people experiencing homelessness are human beings before they are the things that many of us associate them with: uneducated, unmotivated, rude, dirty.
Instead, after spending some time with them, he discovered just how underprivileged they were, lacking everyday things that he himself had taken for granted. Aaron witnessed the joy and liveliness of the adult choir when they sang together, and he said, “After this experience, I would now describe homeless people this way: misunderstood.”