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  • #76068

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    You might see the vendors on corners downtown. they sell the papers for $1. the vendor is a homeless person and gets to keep the money. And there is a cupon for $1 off any sandwich at spinelli’s deli, so you basically are breaking even.

    I never give money to people on the street, but yesterday I bought a paper for the first time. I really liked it. and it’s a neat little paper about homeless awareness and stuff.

    also, I’ve noticed a lot less bums lately, i haven’t been asked for change in quite a while (couple months)

    I guess the paper is located at 132 s 3rd st

    for now I recommend it, i think it is a great alternative to people begging. and they aren’t all up in your face giving you some sob story, it’s a no pressure kind of deal. i think it makes for nicer streets.

    #269035
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    I have been annoyed more lately by the casino petition people.

    #269036

    catnfiddle
    Participant

    Thanks for the heads up. Washington, DC has been doing this for a while and it’s a great idea.

    #269037

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    the petition people, ugh, I just keep walking. i wave and keep going. I don’t even open my mouth. they just really aren’t worth my time. I would just tell them I’m not registered to vote, but I’m not into the whole lying thing. it’s easier to just say nothing and keep moving.

    #269038

    Core_Models
    Member

    I totally dig this concept and the execution, I wonder if they actually do any training of the homeless guys in the production process? Would be a cool way for a homeless person to learn a marketable skill.

    #269039

    Cookie
    Member

    Core_Models wrote >>
    I totally dig this concept and the execution, I wonder if they actually do any training of the homeless guys in the production process? Would be a cool way for a homeless person to learn a marketable skill.

    Then they should probably be trained to do something other than produce newspapers.

    #269040

    joev
    Participant

    Core_Models wrote >>
    I totally dig this concept and the execution, I wonder if they actually do any training of the homeless guys in the production process? Would be a cool way for a homeless person to learn a marketable skill.

    I’m not so sure print production is such a marketable skill these days. But the street sales could prepare them for a telemarketing gig.

    #269041

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    and the paper has the rules for it’s vendors in there and a code of conduct so that if any of them aren’t following the code they can be reported. it’s through Columbus Coalition for the Homeless. I guess they have a facebook page.

    I think the program could grow, especially if more business advertised in there. like do what spinelli’s did, off $1 off a dinner/sandwich. it will increase paper sales and increase restaurant traffic.

    #269042

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    to Core:
    well, in the paper it says it does it for 3 reasons, to act as a voice…to foster self sufficiency…to create awareness.

    and there is an article in this months paper about a guy who started selling papers and is now working for Soup Man.

    #269043

    Tigertree
    Member

    Core_Models wrote >>
    I totally dig this concept and the execution, I wonder if they actually do any training of the homeless guys in the production process? Would be a cool way for a homeless person to learn a marketable skill.

    I have a customer who does something similar to this through Lutheran Social Services. They actually form businesses for homeless people and ex-cons to teach them a skill as well as entrepreneurship, it’s really cool.

    #269044

    Core_Models
    Member

    Makes great financial sense too, there’s something like 7500.00 in tax credits for businesses who employ ex-offenders (per employee).

    #269045

    lifeliberty wrote >>
    the petition people, ugh, I just keep walking. i wave and keep going. I don’t even open my mouth. they just really aren’t worth my time. I would just tell them I’m not registered to vote, but I’m not into the whole lying thing. it’s easier to just say nothing and keep moving.

    It is easier to keep walking. I got into it with one of these guys at Goodale on Sunday because I wouldn’t sign his casino petition. He was from out of state so he didn’t understand any of the reasons I didn’t want to. Did you know though that casinos will help the starving people?

    #269046

    Yes, please buy Street Speech! There is a world of difference between sharing your spare change and investing in somebody’s businesses, even if that business is selling newspapers for $1. The positive psychological effects that this has on vendors are priceless; to get a taste of the empowering effects of a homeless newspaper, view this short clip about Denver’s efforts over the last 13 years:

    Street Speech’s content is pretty awesome too :)

    #269047

    Daz
    Participant

    An old roommate of mine worked for a company that put out an equivalent for Seattle. He said there were a lot of cases of being really successful.

    Top sales guy used to sit outside of a Safeway (grocery store) in the University district and he was the most pleasant guy on the planet. Apparently made a decent wage.

    #269048

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    neat video, thanks!

    (why does this post look all wierd? or is that just me?)

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