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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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John Hagan Moves Ahead at StreetWise

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February 24, 2016 by admin

As a loyal employee of HealthCare Partners in Las Vegas, John Hagan worked stocking shelves, filing X-rays, and properly maintaining patient files. His 10-year-long employment came to an end when the company experienced unfortunate downsizing. Upon being laid off, John decided to return to Chicago, where he is grew up, in hopes of greater job[…]

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Diane Wilkins

Vendor Diane Wilkins

February 22, 2016 by admin

I grew up on the West Side of Chicago around Madison and Albany. It was apartment buildings; now it’s row houses. I’ve been in Chicago since I was 5 years old, and I’m 65 now. What brought me to StreetWise? Well, there was this young lady V.W.—she told me about it. I just came in[…]

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Tony Landers

TonyLandersWEB

February 15, 2016 by admin

by Benjamin Marton Tony Landers was referred by the Outreach and Health Ministry, a program under the Night Ministry umbrella, a partner organization of StreetWise. Staff and interns of StreetWise took an instant liking to Tony, who has a gentle and kind demeanor, an expressive and creative presence, and possesses the confidence to recognize that,[…]

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V.W.

VW

February 8, 2016 by admin

by Suzanne Hanney V.W. says it was “divine intervention” that brought her to StreetWise. “I went to a homeless luncheon in 2010, and there was a StreetWise representative there. I was in a shelter at the time. With the help of Mercy House, I was able to receive housing. Then one day I found a[…]

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Wayne El Smith

WayneElSmith

February 8, 2016 by admin

by Julie Youngquist To tell the truth, I came to StreetWise because I needed to make money. I have never been someone who could stand there, shake a cup, and beg for money. StreetWise was the perfect venue. I have a product, I am selling it, and people buy it. Being homeless. I just had[…]

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Charlize

charlizeWEB

February 8, 2016 by admin

In high school, I majored in auto shop and did well. After school I worked at an auto body shop and gained experience that fed my passion. I also worked at a gas bar too. I did a lot of things through those early years of my life that I enjoyed, made some money, and[…]

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