Michelle Bruch

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Collaborative mural project in Elliot Park provides artistic outlet for the homeless

“My teeth are whiter than that,” joked Patricia Bell, pointing to her painted smiling face on the wall of the drop-in center at Catholic Charities Branch III at 17th Street and Chicago in Elliot Park.

Bell is program director of the center, and she and the guests who face the mirror image of themselves on the wall have heavily supervised this mural since the painting of it began in September.

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