Author Archives: Norman Watne

Jessica's Story

According to a 2002 study by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the US Department of Justice there are an estimated 1,682,900 homeless and runaway youth in the United States. It’s a problem we’re never going to be able to solve entirely, especially not with another government program. There is a better

Back to School – Homelessness 101

To many people, the face of homelessness is the man standing along side of the road asking for money. Unfortunately, that face is changing. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 1.6 million children are homeless sometime during the year. That means they are living in shelters, motels,

Happy and Healthy: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program provides

Norman Wante Spare Change News It began with six clinicians requesting access to area shelters and over the last 25 years has grown into an organization dedicated to delivering quality health care to Boston’s homeless. Founded in 1985, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program has been dedicated to assuring Boston’s homeless community has access

Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Assisting Boston's Teenagers in Need

Teens on the streets of Boston have very critical needs. Unlike many adult homeless persons, these youths are not necessarily there because of socioeconomic reasons. Instead, most end up on the streets as the result of emotional or family dysfunctions. A local agency that effectively meets the critical needs of homeless and runaway youth is

Life on the Streets of Charlestown

[img_assist|nid=280|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480] Charlestown is a small city with a two square mile radius just outside of Boston. The brick sidewalks are known for their historical significance, but what many people don’t commemorate are the several homeless men and women who call Charlestown’s streets home. On the June 13th, after watching the annual Charlestown Bunker Hill Day

Give To The Homeless, Commit a Crime?

Norman Watne A television station in San Antonio, Texas, recently reported that a local councilman wants to make it a crime to give money to a beggar or homeless person on city streets. Those who open their wallets would be fined. “If there’s no money for the panhandlers, the panhandlers will go away,” said Councilman