Homelessness can run deep - and so does his gratitude

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.

By Charles

When most people think about homelessness they tend to think about the physical aspect of it. Simply not being able to afford a place to live. But the issue of being homeless can sometimes run deeper than that.

Overcoming homelessness also involves a person’s ability to fulfill themselves inside by rebuilding one’s confidence that was once lost, and overcoming fear. Overcoming fear can sometimes mean leaving your comfort zone and trying new things that you never thought were possible. One Step Away has given me the ability to do these things.

When I first started selling One Step Away, I kept thinking to myself, “I have to find a job.” What I didn’t realize at the time was that selling this newspaper actually is a job. It may not be the most traditional job but it is a way to make a living and acquire skills I didn’t have use for in the past.

If I were to use One Step Away as a job reference for the future I would say I’ve gained job skills in sales, human relations, customer service, editorial (that may need a little more work to develop fully), purchasing, inventory control, promotion, and more.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who have been supportive of me for making the holidays feel extra special. I don’t say it enough but I really do appreciate your kindness, support and understanding.