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Eric Colbert continues his Journey

Vendor Eric Colbert

July 5, 2016 by admin

Homelessness is a personal story that may be filled with horror, sadness, joy, madness and love. I’ve been told that my earlier stories have impacted people’s hearts with a realness that I always try to share with my customers. lf you remember from my last plight, I was beginning a new journey to retrieve that[…]

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A.Allen on Diversity

Vendor A. Allen

July 5, 2016 by admin

I am personally grateful for community, commonality, and similarities, but I also understand the importance of embracing diversity. Commonality in my community meant we had a common denominator of being black, uneducated and poor. Most of us felt we had been dealt a bad hand and stuck in a situation we could not get out[…]

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Diane Wilkins faces motherhood and eviction

Vendor Diane Wilkins with her daughter and grandchildren at the North Magazine Launch Party. Photo by Mike Rivera

May 9, 2016 by admin

by Diane Wilkins Eviction is a very serious problem. I’m a single parent and two years ago I lost my apartment because I refused to sign a paper stating that my 25-year-old son, who is bipolar, couldn’t visit me even if I was sick. He was labeled as a gang member because of his long[…]

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Success Stories

Vendor Diane Wilkins

April 19, 2016 by admin

James Metzgar I am happy to be a part of StreetWise, not only because it gives me an opportunity to supplement my retirement income, but also because I know that I am part of a wonderful organization which was founded to help the down and out and to give them an alternative to panhandling. I[…]

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Beyonce & Kendrick Lamar

Vendor Diane Wilkins

March 28, 2016 by admin

A. Allen When I reflect on the controversial performance by Beyonce during the Super Bowl half-time show, and the performance by Kendrick Lamar during the Grammys, the reason they may be considered controversial by some is because they may not understand the strong cultural expression by Black artists. Some may even say, “What are you[…]

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Police brutality and accountability

Vendor Diane Wilkins

March 14, 2016 by admin

A. Allen I have many thoughts and concerns as it relates to police brutality and accountability. I am concerned about the police killings of innocent young black men. It’s a shame no one in the government is being held accountable for these senseless atrocities. Yeah sure, Garry McCarthy, the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department,[…]

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Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp

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March 7, 2016 by admin

by Diane Wilkins Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp was established in 1950 by Lawrence Schweig and his wife, Eila, who pursued their business dreams while bringing up four children. All would have a role in Lawrence’s growth and success. Lawrence died suddenly in 1965, but Lawrence’s Fisheries continued to grow under the leadership of eldest son,[…]

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Success stories

Vendor A. Allen

March 7, 2016 by admin

A. Allen My personal experience with StreetWise as a vendor has been positive, interchanging, and educational. It has been positive for me because before selling StreetWise Magazine, I was unemployable due to the lack of discipline in my life. StreetWise has given me a chance to start over again. I can now make an honest,[…]

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Our Personal Success Stories

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January 18, 2016 by admin

A.Allen Personal success is not homelessness. I’ve been homeless and it was not a successful feeling. As a matter of fact, I felt I was at my lowest point in my life. My self-esteem and my vision of hope was almost obliterated. It looked as if success for me was impossible and unrealistic. I went[…]

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Claro puts experience to work

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December 22, 2015 by admin

by Jeffrey McManus Claro Duany is a wonderful conversationalist. I recall when I first met him, working with him to sign up for the Transitional Jobs Program here at StreetWise, and speaking with him about his wealth of experiences. He spoke about moving to the United States from Cuba, all of the many different types[…]

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