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V.W.

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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

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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

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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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Carmen

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February 8, 2016 by admin

by Jonas Fullner She had been standing for hours at her regular spot in front of Aldi in Lüneburg (a town southeast of Hamburg) trying to sell copies of the German street paper. Without success. On the way home she started to feel ill. But instead of taking a break and at least having something[…]

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Hiroaki

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February 8, 2016 by admin

In front of the Expressway Bus Terminal at the west exit of Shinjuku station in Tokyo, Hiroaki Kashiwagi sells copies of The Big Issue Japan. The 66-year-old man stands from 8pm – 10pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 5pm every other day. While big stations are popular spots for vendors, it is quite[…]

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Oscar

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February 8, 2016 by admin

“I ended up on the streets because I didn’t appreciate what I had at that time: a good family, a good education, I didn’t want for anything. But I started to fall apart in school. I was curious to try drugs, so I began to use. I was intelligent and naive; I thought I could[…]

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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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Lisa Spratt

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January 11, 2016 by admin

Name: My name is Lisa Spratt. Where are you working? I’m working at Covenant Healthcare, it’s on 99th and Western. I am a Care Provider. What is your job like? My job is beautiful. I work with beautiful people. I have 3 clients, and they are all very good to me. I help them out[…]

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Jimmie Tucker gets an apartment

Vendor Jimmie Tucker

January 4, 2016 by admin

Jimmie Tucker is known to most people who encounter him as a sweet, amiable man who has a natural knack for making friends. It is a rarity to see Jimmie without a smile on his face, and he is willing to engage in an authentic conversation with anyone he meets. While all of this is[…]

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John Hagan on the Holidays

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December 14, 2015 by admin

Name: John Hagan Age: 45 City from: Park Ridge, IL How long have you been a vendor? Since January 2014, almost 2 years Additional background info (experiences of homelessness and current situation) Current living situation, I live in a single men’s hotel for $85 a week. CHRISTMAS SECTION: What is the best Christmas present you’ve[…]

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