Friday, March 27, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 11:42 AM
Eric is a One Step Away vendor who is currently working to earn a college degree. (Peggy Peterson Photography)
By Eric

There are many forms of mental illness. Some forms have been described as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar and anxiety disorders as well as addictive behaviors. These types of mental illnesses can give a person self-esteem issues. Sadness and loss of interest are other signs of illness. These disorders can also lead to paranoia and even suicide as the world saw in the case of Robin Williams. It was reported that Robin suffered from depression and also had a history of addictive tendencies. This great actor allegedly hanged himself as a result of his mental illness, depression, on Aug. 11 of last year.

There is hope for anyone suffering from mental illness. There are psychological experts and prescription drugs that can help some of the afflicted people. There is a lot of speculation and research involved in what causes this mental illness that affects me and other Americans.

POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5:17 PM
When Philadelphia native Ellish Danzy first took up soccer, he did not expect that two years later he would be in Chile, representing the U.S. at the 2014 Homeless World Cup. (Ethan Cohen/One Step Away)

By Ethan Cohen

One Step Away

For an athlete who has represented his country on the international stage, Ellish Danzy started his soccer career in an unexpected way. "In basketball, baseball and football, you use your hands all the time, so I wanted to know what it was like to use your feet," Danzy explains with a chuckle, "So one day I went and bought the FIFA [soccer video game] for Xbox."

POSTED: Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 5:51 PM
(One Step Away)

Philadelphia community leaders are coming together February 5, from 12-1pm to distribute the One Step Away paper in Center City alongside homeless vendors during the inaugural Big Sell Off.

The Big Sell Off is an international collaboration between street papers in 35 countries supporting and celebrating the more than 14,000 vendors at 114 street papers worldwide working to change their lives and escape poverty and homelessness. 

“We are really excited to come together as a larger street newspaper movement and host The Big Sell Off in Philadelphia,” states Emily Taylor, One Step Away’s director. “We are hoping to make this an annual event, and are grateful for the passionate individuals who are serving as guest vendors at our inaugural Big Sell Off.”

POSTED: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:17 PM
One Step Away staff

By One Step Away Staff

One Step Away happened so fast. All we had was an idea of what it should be and the sense that we should be the change we wanted to see. So we started up without a lot of planning, just doing it, chasing an idea in our heads with what we could create with our hands, building the road as we traveled.

That was five years ago. Today it still feels like it happened at a million miles an hour; five years swept by in the blink of an eye.

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2015, 2:52 PM
One Step Away vendor Jerry Tucker displays his press passes to see President Barack Obama speak in support of then-Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate, now Governor-elect, Tom Wolf at Temple University’s Liacouras Center on Nov. 2, 2014. (Ethan Cohen / One Step Away)

By One Step Away Staff

“Obama, I ain’t know you was taller than me!” Jerry Tucker said to the 44th president of the United States of America as the two shook hands. A few moments later, Tucker was shaking hands with then-Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate, now Governor-elect, Tom Wolf. “You taller than me too?!”

Tucker, who has been a vendor for One Step Away since 2012, was on a reporting mission at the Liacouras Center at Temple University, where President Obama was campaigning on behalf of Wolf. It was the first event-reporting job that Tucker had been on and the first time he had been able to gain press access through his One Step Away affiliation.

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 2:01 PM
Charles is a One Step Away vendor who is working to attain his own housing and can usually be found distributing the newspaper in Center City. (One Step Away)

By Charles

Hello, I’m back again. Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

Two of the most dangerous words in the English language I have come to find, sometimes the hard way, are the words “good enough.” Whatever you’re trying to achieve in life always takes commitment, hard work, and a desire to always do better. There is no easy way out. 

POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 11:45 AM
Philadelphia's annual Homeless Memorial Day honors the city's homeless and formerly homeless who died in the last year, and calls for an end to homelessness. (One Step Away)
By One Step Away staff

We gather each year, holding aloft simple signs bearing someone’s name. We hold single green candles, lit against the wind to remember our neighbors, friends and loved ones. We gather to remember those homeless and formerly homeless Philadelphians who died in the last year, and to call for an end to homelessness.

Philadelphia’s annual Homeless Memorial Day is usually scheduled for Dec. 21 — the first day of winter, the longest night of the year. Because that day falls on a weekend in 2014, Homeless Memorial Day is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 18.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 11:58 AM
(From left to right) Tash, who shared her experiences with youth homelessness, Holden Jones of the Red Shield Family Residence, Janiece Frisby of the Teen Evolution Experience Network (TEEN), and Nyfiece Carter of TEEN respond to questions at “Finding Home,” a panel discussion on youth homelessness held at Temple University in October by Presenting Our Perspective On Philly Youth News (POPPYN). (Saeed Briscoe / One Step Away)
By Ethan Cohen

On Sept, 22, the U.S. Department of Education released new statistics on student homelessness, reporting that nearly 1.3 million public school students in the United States experienced homelessness in the 2012-13 school year. This marks an eight percent rise from the 2011-12 school year.

Seventy-five percent of the students recorded as homeless were living doubled-up in a residence with another family. Sixteen percent were living in a homeless shelter, while six percent were living in hotels or motels and three percent (41,635 students) did not have any shelter at night.

Pennsylvania reported a 15 percent rise in homelessness among public school students, almost double the national rate, increasing from 18,231 to 19,459 children. Four thousand of those students attended Philadelphia schools, with 3,268 more enrolled in surrounding counties.

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One Step Away is Philadelphia's street newspaper, produced and distributed by people experiencing homelessness. To donate, go to Reach One at kevinr@RHD.ORG.

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