In the summer of 1987, Jones received a phone call from a woman she hardly knew. “Would you like to cross America with no money, starting only with a car and a full tank of gas?” It was a project she had dreamed up to provide material for a screenplay. The idea was to work your way across the country doing odd jobs, meeting all different kinds of people, to find out what kind of American comes forward to help others in a time of need.

These photographs are of the people Jones met, worked with, and who put her up for a night on their floors and couches. She was reminded that so often it’s those who have the very least to give that give the most.