In the daily struggles of the Great Depression, people gathered at 400 Crawford Street in Portsmouth, Va., at the Helping Hand Mission. They sang hymns. John Vachon, a photographer working for the United States Farm Security Administration to document American life in the, was there in March 1941, capturing the images:
These photos are some of more than 8,000 Vachon took. Many of these photos are made publicly available by Yale.