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Robert Qualls: A Bright Smile in Wrigleyville

StreetWise vendor Robert Qualls

November 18, 2014 by StreetWise

Look for Robert in front of the Starbucks at Southport and Roscoe. What do you think about the neighborhood you work in, Wrigleyville? I lived there before, about 25 years ago, in that general area. So the Wrigleyville neighborhood I’m familiar with. Customers are very welcoming. What brought you to StreetWise? The first time [in[...]

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Dapper Dan Knight, Lifelong Salesman

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November 4, 2014 by StreetWise

Dan Knight sells his magazines near Walton and State or Wabash and Chicago. How did you get involved with StreetWise? I think I saw somebody selling StreetWise, and they told me to come on a certain day and I could take the orientation. And the rest is history … All my life I’ve been a[...]

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Perspectives on Autumn

StreetWise vendor John Hagan

October 28, 2014 by StreetWise

This week in the StreetWise Writing Workshop, vendors wrote about the autumn season and what it means to them. By John Hagan My perspective on fall is different than in years past. Now my perspective on fall is the MLB pennant races, playoffs and the World Series, while in the past it was anticipating the[...]

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Vendor Poll: What Issue Means Most to You?

StreetWise vendor Oluwaseun J. Arije

October 28, 2014 by StreetWise

We asked our StreetWise vendors what issues mattered most to them. Here is what they said. Jason Metzdorff Vendor location: Sheridan and Foster, starting in November “My concern is straightening out the state’s budget … Both [governor’s] candidates have a hard sell to the voters in general. In the past we had problems balancing the[...]

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Vendor A. Allen: 3-Time Chicago Marathoner

A. Allen finishes his third Chicago Marathon

October 21, 2014 by StreetWise

StreetWise vendor A. Allen has come a long way since he first began running at the Lawson House YMCA downtown. While living there, Allen joined the nonprofit Back on My Feet, which trains the homeless and formerly homeless to become runners and begin to make changes in their lives that lead to self-sufficiency. After battling[...]

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The Perks of Being a StreetWise Vendor

James Metzgar

October 14, 2014 by StreetWise

By James Metzgar StreetWise vending has been a way for me to supplement my retirement income after retiring from full-time work. I thank God I have never been down and out like so many vendors have, but as a senior citizen it is very difficult to find a regular, permanent job, either full-time or part-time.[...]

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Brenda McKinstry: Finding Hope

StreetWise vendor Brenda McKinstry writes about finding hope after homelessness.

October 7, 2014 by StreetWise

I became truly homeless in 2006 after a family custody battle that split our family in two. My sister and I were on one side, my son Alex sequestered away in Carbondale, my dad, my sister and my dad’s third wife on the other side. We have never reconciled. My father decided that since he[...]

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Darrell Handy: Dedicated and Determined

StreetWise vendor Darrell Handy

September 25, 2014 by StreetWise

Darrell Handy sells his magazines outside of Whole Foods at Addison and Halsted, where he has made a very good impression on both the store managers and the neighborhood. He plans to remain in good standing by being determined, honest and polite. He has been a StreetWise vendor for only four months and has already[...]

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Michael Moore: his journey down the path to wisdom

Michael Moore StreetWise Vendor 2

September 11, 2014 by StreetWise

Michael Moore has been with StreetWise for around 16 years and is a stable vendor in Chi¬cago’s downtown. Although he is normally re¬served in nature, Michael possesses an immense amount of wisdom that he has gathered while travelling down the path to self-improvement. How did you find out about StreetWise? I used to see vendors[...]

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Russell Adams: A StreetWise Super Seller

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September 4, 2014 by StreetWise

StreetWise Vendor Russell Adams is one of the most dedicated, determined and driven human beings that you will ever meet. He’s been with StreetWise for nearly 20 years and currently works in the Loop selling StreetWise magazine. His incredible work ethic has earned him a part-time position on the StreetWise staff doing maintenance and janitorial[...]

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