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Photographer's Journal: The Advocate (video)

Photographer's Journal: The Advocate (video)

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AUBURN–The holiday season is a time when many people think about the homeless. For Mary McLaughlin, PhD, it’s a subject she thinks about 365 days a year.

McLaughlin has made her passion her life’s work. Her mission is to house the homeless and help them get the medical and psychiatric services they might need.

Her tenacity has sometimes puts her at odds with local agencies but she continues her advocacy work in her tireless pursuit to eliminate homelessness.  

Her car is her office and the streets of Auburn and Syracuse her territory. She makes contact with a simple “Hello.”  Her unassuming, non-threatening grandmother-like appearance and a South Boston accent immediately puts people at ease as she strikes up a conversation.

Through her unwearying efforts she has helped to house countless individuals over the years whom might otherwise have perished on the unforgiving streets had she not stopped and say hello.

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Today’s Photographer’s Journal entry is a video story titled "The Advocate"

Photographer’s Journal is my new weekly online photo/video blog, and it will post every Monday at It will be photo essays and video documentaries celebrating ordinary people doing ordinary things. Stories that embrace the simple moments in our lives and our communities.

I look forward to you joining me every Monday for a slice of life here at and on Facebook at Kevin Rivoli Photography and Twitter @kevinrivoli.

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