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Donald Morris

DonaldMorris

June 20, 2016 by admin

by Yasmin Kinay I heard about StreetWise from vendors downtown. I would see them selling the papers and talked with them about how to get started. I used to sell the Sun Times for 21 years and I always sold out, I even helped develop the Sun Times into a sales force downtown. Because of[…]

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Thoughts on Diversity

Vendor Diane Wilkins

June 13, 2016 by admin

I experience diversities every day of my life; my customers are very different. Dealing with my race is very difficult. The majority look at me like I am some sort of disease, while my white customers embrace me with love and respect. I love and respect each and every one of my customers. I have[…]

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Dennis Barker

DennisBarker

June 6, 2016 by admin

by Corey Kuhn Morning is a cherished time for early-morning riser Dennis Barker. Waking up every day at 5 a.m., he always starts his day with a cup of coffee and some meditation or pieces of literature. This morning routine allows him to start fresh and gives him a peace of mind before facing the[…]

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Roscoe Village remembers Dave Urban

DaveUrban

May 23, 2016 by admin

by Julie Youngquist Dave Urban sold StreetWise Magazine outside of the Starbuck’s at the corner of Roscoe and Seeley in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. Dave passed away on March 30. Dave’s contribution to the Roscoe Village neighborhood extended far beyond his sales. Customers, community members, and business owners remember Dave as a friend to everyone.[…]

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Ryan Finley

RyanFinley

May 16, 2016 by admin

by Dominick Decarlo Chicago is a little bit different from where I’m from. Well, maybe a lot different. Growing up in the rural town of Yazoo, Mississippi, a child becomes an adult early on. In the town of 1,200 people, I became a man early on, not by choice, but by necessity. I started working[…]

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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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Patricia Lister

PatriciaLister

April 25, 2016 by admin

I became homeless in 2012 after my husband got sick and I was let go from my job. Being let go due to downsizing really caught me off guard and with my husband being sick we didn’t have very many options. We ended up getting evicted from our home in Des Plaines. At first we[…]

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Quincy Hunter

QuincyHunter

April 11, 2016 by admin

I have been selling StreetWise for 17 years and don’t know where I would be without them and their constant support. I grew up in the South Side of Chicago playing lots of intermediate basketball on the West Side. During high school I would play basketball whenever I found time in between work and school.[…]

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Vince Collaso

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March 22, 2016 by admin

I grew up in Chicago. Before coming to StreetWise, I worked for the postal office for 19 years. After being down on my luck and unemployed and in need of an opportunity, I met a StreetWise vendor. I have been working for StreetWise since 2011, but between 2011 and 2012, I was offered an employment[…]

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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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