James Shearer, the last of the original co-founders of Spare Change News still involved with the paper, recently announced that he will be stepping down from the board of trustees of the Homeless Empowerment Project (HEP), the nonprofit that publishes Spare Change News. He will be leaving the board after its September 16 meeting.
In 1992, James was part of a group of homeless individuals that, with the support of an advocate from Boston’s Jobs for Peace, established Spare Change News. He has served on the board of trustees since 2004, serving as president for seven years. James has been part of the heart and soul of Spare Change News since its founding. He has also been a friend and mentor to countless vendors, writers, staff, volunteers and board members.
James will continue to write his regular column in the “Voices from the Street” section of Spare Change News and serve as a vendor. He will also be joining the advisory board of HEP.
We will deeply miss James’ presence on the HEP board of trustees. His life and achievements with HEP and Spare Change News will be the subject of a feature story in the next issue of this paper.
Vincent Flanagan is the executive director of the Homeless Empowerment Project, which publishes Spare Change News.
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