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.”
Ronald is one of dozens of men and women who are working to change their lives by distributing Philadelphia’s street newspaper. One Step Away vendors are making strides toward self-sufficiency, and use the money they earn to acquire their own housing, start savings accounts, care for their children and families, and break the cycle of homelessness. They work in different circumstances and often in difficult conditions, because they have found that distributing One Step Away helps spread a voice of advocacy for people experiencing homelessness and affords people opportunity, dignity and respect.