24 Jun. 2009
Aurora, UNITED STATES
Shoes are placed on a fence outside Mutual Ground's shelter and offices in Aurora, Illinois, June 18, 2009. Dozens of shoes dangle from a wrought-iron fence surrounding a 19th century mansion for battered women and children, which plans to close its doors on July 1.
The flip-flops, tiny pink baby sneakers and crutches are token reminders of those once served by the Mutual Ground Inc shelter, which last year housed 400 people but is now another victim of the crisis in U.S. social services amid a deep recession. Picture taken June 18, 2009. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES CONFLICT SOCIETY BUSINESS)