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For Amherst Homeless, 'Hope' Comes in the Form of a Cow.

Jaclyn Bryson, October 3, 2013, The Massachusetts Collegian


There is a cow in Amherst Center, standing guard outside the Loose Goose Café, quietly watching the traffic make its way down North Pleasant Street. But it isn’t real.


The life-sized cow statue, named “Hope,” was unveiled Sept. 7, 2013 and functions like a giant piggy bank, inviting local passersby to drop their spare change into its mouth in support of Craig’s Place, a homeless shelter in Amherst.


“People feed the cow, they feed Hope and there is hope for people who are homeless,” said Kevin Noonan, executive director of Craig’s Doors...

Amherst's 'Happy Frog' is a cow: New documentary 'Homeless in a College Town' gives in-depth look at local poverty; starts collection.

By Scott Merzbach, August 22, 2013, The Hampshire Gazette


AMHERST — A film documentary that gives Amherst’s homeless residents a voice and examines the challenges low-income people face in finding housing, could premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.


Filmmakers Sari Gagnon and Matthew Heron-Duranti are setting their sights high for the public release of their movie, “Homeless in a College Town,” with an ambition to have it screened at the...

Sari Gagnon Helps Homeless Population with Outreach Statue and Documentary

Hartford Courant, August 29, 2013


A growing and often voiceless population has a new advocate - and vehicle for change. Plainville native Sari Gagnon and Counterfeit Cow Productions, have built a social action campaign and documentary to highlight the issues of homelessness in college towns across America.


On Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at Kendrick Park in Amherst, MA: Counterfeit Cow Productions, creators of the documentary "Homeless in a College Town" will unveil an outreach statue of a "Cow", a gift to the local Amherst homeless shelter, during A Night of Wonder: Carnival...

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