Loading…
Friday, October 31, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
HomeNewsLocal
Published: Friday, 5/25/2012

Homeless vendors sell newspapers in program

BY KATE GIAMMARISE
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Homeless advocacy group 1Matters, Cherry Street Mission Ministries, and a downtown-improvement group are advancing what they call a "panhandling alternative" campaign.

The effort was announced at a news conference Thursday at Levis Square, in the heart of downtown.

Under the program, participating homeless vendors buy a newspaper, Toledo Streets, from 1Matters for a quarter and then sell it on the streets for $1. The exchange gives dignity and respect to the individual, along with a profit, said Dan Rogers, CEO of Cherry Street Mission Ministries.

A campaign to raise $35,000 to fund the project has been started by 1Matters, co-chaired by Mr. Rogers, a 1Matters board member, and Bill Thomas, executive director of the Downtown Toledo Improvement District. "I'm happy to be involved with this. I think it is a really worthwhile program," Mr. Thomas said.

The tabloid-format newspaper is a member of the North American Street Newspaper Association and the International Network of Street Papers. Toledo Streets is a nonprofit newspaper that operates through volunteers and covers a variety of issues, with a focus on homelessness and poverty. The flyers are available online at 1Matters.org or toledostreets.org.



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories







Poll