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Clifford Harris – Knocking on Doors of Opportunity

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April 11, 2014 by StreetWise

Clifford Harris is a fresh face around the StreetWise office, having only been working as a vendor since late February. But he’s been able to jump right into the job, namely because of his ambition and natural abilities as a salesman. He vends his magazines at 69 W. Washington near the Washington stop off of[...]

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Craig Barrow: budding photographer

Craig Barrow

March 6, 2014 by StreetWise

How did you find StreetWise? Well, I had an episode in my life when I was homeless and down on my luck. Thrown out from wherever I was staying and I ended up [in the homeless community]. I ran into a few individuals that, a few were homeless and some weren’t, they were bringing the[...]

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John Hagan: Rookie vendor stays positive

StreetWise Vendor John Hagan

February 19, 2014 by StreetWise

Having just started at StreetWise in early January, 43-year-old John R. Hagan Jr. can’t wait for the weather to warm up. Hagan is no stranger to cold weather since he was born in raised in Park Ridge, but he did spend the last 10 years working full time in sunny Nevada before he was recently[...]

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Despite disability, ‘life is so beautiful’ for poet

Alice Pina Ncata

February 19, 2014 by StreetWise

Jorrit Meulenbeek The Big Issue – South Africa CAPETOWN, South Africa – Alice Pina Ncata spends seven days a week at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, but most of its charm passes her by. She sits on a ledge next to the big glass doors at the exit towards the parking garage on the basement[...]

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Sorting his life out with ‘people just like me’

Vendor Lukasz

February 19, 2014 by StreetWise

Staff Writer WSPAK – Poland WARSAW, Poland – Lukasz sells the street newspaper WSPAK. He spent most of his life in the small town of Hajnowka, which he says he both loves and hates. “In 2003, just before my graduation from high school, I lost my mother and a few months later my dad passed[...]

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Persistence and will power prove to be enough

Nelson Carvalho

February 19, 2014 by StreetWise

Staff Writer Aurora Da Rua – Brazil SALVADOR, Brazil – Nelson Carvalho, 43, is a street vendor for Aurora de Rua. He has struggled with family breakdown, illness and addiction as well as homelessness, but the love of his children and sheer willpower has helped him turn his life around. My foot was injured. I[...]

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20 years as vendor defines his life

February 19, 2014 by StreetWise

Jennifer May Ireland’s Big Issue Paul O’Connor has been selling Ireland’s Big Issue for over 20 years in the north central town of Athlone. Funny and upbeat, he is well-known (and welcome) outside the Bank of Ireland. In addition to the magazine, he often doles out advice, practical help and kind words to his grateful[...]

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Personal Essay: We’re more than ‘just vendors’

Douglas Lawrence

February 19, 2014 by StreetWise

Selling a street paper is everything but an easy job: “I’ve been flipped off, told off, sworn at and even had stuff thrown at me,” says Douglas Lawrence, vendor of Nashville’s street paper, The Contributor. He decided to write down his story, to make people see that he – and his colleagues everywhere – are[...]

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A natural salesman with a touch of mystery

Shaun Followell

February 19, 2014 by StreetWise

PORTLAND, OR – Every morning at 5 a.m., Street Roots vendor Shaun Followell wakes up, carefully packs up his gear and heads to the Starbucks on 15th Avenue and Fremont Street to sell papers. After a couple of hours, he hops on the bike he made himself and rides downtown to the Street Roots office[...]

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After abuse & disability, he finds positive atmosphere

February 19, 2014 by StreetWise

Real Change vendor Michael Johnson has been homeless off and on for the last 30 years. Being abused as a child led him into a life of drug and alcohol misuse, culminating in mental illness and time in prison. SEATTLE – Vendor Michael Johnson committed a crime, went to a mental institution and a program[...]

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