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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

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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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Sera Allen: Keeping happy and healthy each day

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September 4, 2014 by StreetWise

Sera Allen has been with StreetWise for almost two years and is a stable vendor in Chicago’s Lake View and Lincoln Park area. Sera loves to talk to others about the little things in life that keep us all happy and healthy. Where do you usually vend? I vend on Diversey and Broadway – right[...]

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Michael Moore: journeys down the path to wisdom

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September 4, 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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Darrell Handy: Dedicated and determined

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September 4, 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 be¬ing determined, honest and polite. He has been a StreetWise vendor for only four months and has already[...]

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Lawrence Brown: hard worker, rain or shine

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July 23, 2014 by StreetWise

Self-described as a “hardworking man,” Lawrence Brown vends outside of a Walgreens in Wicker Park seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. With the hope of restarting his own construction company, Lawrence demonstrates the determination and ability to persevere through anything. MARISSA: How long have you been with StreetWise? LAWRENCE: I’ve been[...]

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