At the Welcome Project, co-directors Liz Wuerffel and Allison Schuette believe in the power of stories to make a difference, and with the help of Valparaiso University students, faculty and staff, they’ve been collecting stories in our region for four years. These stories illuminate at a personal level what it means to belong to a community--or not. In some cases, the stories are painful; in some, triumphant; in some, humorous; in some, touching. Through their exhibition at the Porter County Museum, Liz and Allison invite us into the intimate art of listening. Stories, after all, don’t become stories until they are heard. Come, take a seat, alone or with a friend, grab a set of headphones and give a listen.