one step away

Walking down Market Street in Philadelphia, a bearded man hands me a paper. It’s one step away, a paper produced by people without homes for people with homes. He asks for a one dollar donation for the paper. As part of the program, he is able to keep seventy-five cents and gives a quarter back to the paper. This contributes to him getting off the street.  My vendor told me how he had been also been helped by Back on my Feet to initiate change in his life.

This idea works well with the New York Writers’ Coalition premise that everyone has a voice. In this way, the man in front of me has altered his life. As many of us in this economy are one step away – a missed paycheck, a lost job, or an unexpected medical bill – from being homeless, it may serve well to support and listen to these voices.