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POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 11:28 AM
Jennifer uses her income from working with One Step Away to support herself and is hoping to go back to school in the fall. (One Step Away)

By Jennifer

I have been with One Step Away for about two years now, and it seems to me that it is getting harder and harder to make money out here. I don’t panhandle or beg; that’s why I try to always get some kind of writing in the paper each month. It makes me feel better to have something in the paper and allows me to feel like I am a part of something.

Times truly are tough right now. It’s a struggle every day to eat and put money away for rent and every day necessities (like hygiene products, etc.) I am diagnosed with anxiety and depression, which is a struggle everyday as well because I constantly worry about if I’m going to be able to pull it together each month and keep a roof over my head. I don’t ever want to go back to living on the streets, especially now that winter is near; it’s my biggest fear.

I just redid my resume hoping that will help change up the process of how my job hunting is going – or should I say, not going. I will take any work, so I know I’m not raising the bar too high for my standards. I will work anywhere with a paycheck, and I mean anywhere.

POSTED: Friday, October 31, 2014, 2:46 PM
Eric is a new vendor for One Step Away and was recently able to acquire his own housing. (Photo Courtesy: One Step Away)

By Eric

“Everything must change. Nothing remains the same. The young becomes the old, mysteries do unfold …” — George Benson

Change is not easy for a lot of people. It was not easy for me. To understand that the things that I did over and over again would keep giving me the same results took a very long time.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 2:49 PM
Paul is attempting to rebuild his life by working as a vendor with One Step Away.

By Paul, One Step Away

There are different reasons why people become homeless. For me it was drinking and drugging.

I lived most of my life in the Pottstown area, a small town. Doing construction and making good money, I never had to worry about much. Being young, I worked hard and played just as hard.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 3:50 PM
Ted is a One Step Away vendor who is working to obtain his own housing, and can usually be found distributing One Step Away throughout Center City.

By Ted, One Step Away

I often get asked by people if I think selling newspapers has been helpful to me, or how it’s helped. Aside from getting some income, it has helped me with issues that I had struggled with in years past — issues that a lot of people face whether they’re put through financial hardship or not. It’s also given me an outlet to tell a few stories.

I hadn’t gotten the chance to write much of anything in years, and had forgotten that I could do it. In the seven years I’ve been on the street I had more experiences, negative and positive, than I could ever remember. So I really appreciate the chance to tell some of the ones that stood out, and what I took away with me. My writing has improved because of it.

POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014, 10:46 AM
Ronald (L) works as One Step Away vendor in Center City Philadelphia, and uses the income he earns to maintain his own housing. (Photo: One Step Away)

By Lauren Mayes

Ronald found himself homeless and living at the Occupy encampment in 2011 when he was introduced to One Step Away. He has been vending ever since.

“One Step Away helps me stay employed and self-reliant,” Ronald said. “I don’t need to panhandle or shoplift. It helps pay for housing.”

POSTED: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 11:11 PM
Earl Banks is a veteran who agreed to be part of “Vets Finding a Home.” (Photo by Harvey Finkle)

They are proud veterans who knew the jungles of Cambodia and the deserts of Afghanistan, who worked as electricians on naval ships, translated Russian in the Cold War, and monitored the weather in Korea. But they dealt with haunting memories of war, drugs and alcohol, depression, loss of jobs and families, and eventually fell into homelessness. They found a healing community, and are now standing proud, at home.

Their stories are the subject of a video and photography project which gives a face and a voice to veterans who have experienced homelessness. “Vets Finding a Home” opened at Project H.O.M.E.’s 1515 Fairmount Avenue residence on Thursday, May 29 and will run until June 20.

This project, sponsored by Project H.O.M.E. as part of its 25th anniversary commemoration in 2014, is a collaboration between award-winning photographer Harvey Finkle and Mark Lyons of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 7:04 PM
Matthew Saas Muhammad. (Photo by Richard Simmons/One Step Away)

Matthew Saad Muhammad’s public memorial service will be June 5 at Enon Church West, 230 W. Coulter St. in Philadelphia. The viewing is from 9-11 a.m., with services immediately afterward. All of Matthew’s many fans and friends are welcome to attend.

Matthew’s family made plans for a public memorial after numerous requests from fans and friends who wanted to pay their respects. Anyone who would like to make a donation to help the family pay funeral expenses, please contact Deborah L. Wilson Funeral Home, at or 215-848-9776.

Saad Muhammad, former light heavyweight champion and member of the Boxing Hall of Fame who in later years worked as an advocate for people experiencing homelessness, passed away May 25 at Chestnut Hill Hospital. He was 59.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 7:53 PM
Matthew Saad Muhammad works out with a young fan at an appearance he made for One Step Away’s Knock Out Homelessness campaign.

Matthew Saad Muhammad gave people hope.

The former light heavyweight champion and member of the Boxing Hall of Fame passed away May 25 at Chestnut Hill hospital after battling a lengthy illness. Matthew was a Philadelphia legend who rose to become a world champion after he was abandoned on the Ben Franklin Parkway as a child, one of the most iconic life stories in sports history. He will be remembered as a great champion, an absolutely heroic action fighter with a giant heart and one of the great gentlemen in sports.

At One Step Away, where in later years Matthew worked to become an advocate for people experiencing homelessness as spokesperson for One Step Away’s Knock Out Homelessness campaign, he’ll be remembered for the way he worked to give people hope – in and out of the ring.

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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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