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Spare Change's Most Insidious Myths

It’s not often that one newspaper will give a plug to another, especially within its own pages. Yet this rarity occurred in a recent (February 23, 2010) issue of The Beacon Hill Times, in which a letter to the editor by Jake Kritzer lauded Spare Change News and the work that we do. Jake, if

Spare Change Silent Auction

It’s hard to believe, but we’re all grown up. For the past 18 years, Spare Change News has been empowering persons experiencing homelessness and other forms of social and economic adversity to improve their lives through self-employment. Through the voices of its vendors and the content of its pages, Spare Change has consistently engaged in advocacy and worked to

Housing Lost, Housing Regained, Housing Kept

Robert L. Karash Homelessness in this world isn’t going away easily despite all efforts to eradicate it as a syndrome and all sincere attempts to help people back on their feet by giving them a hand up, not a hand out. People—including politicians and social scientists—like to say “The solution to homelessness is housing.” Although

Banking on Change

This is the first in a series of social banking articles. I became familiar with Wainwright Bank four years ago when I was invited to attend a meeting by Oakes Plimpton of the Arlington Farmers Market and the Boston Area Gleaners. Plimpton circulated a newspaper article highlighting Wainwright Bank and its online donation program, www.communityroom.net.

A Few Items Rolling Around My Mind…

1) Bullies Why is it that in this state—or this country in general for that matter—do we need to have violence or death in order to confront an issue? This week’s crisis: Bullies. Welcome to the real world boys and girls—bullies have been around since the dawn of time, especially in schools where being a

Housing Lost, Housing Regained, Housing Kept

Robert L. Karash Homelessness in this world isn’t going away easily despite all efforts to eradicate it as a syndrome and all sincere attempts to help people back on their feet by giving them a hand up, not a hand out. People—including politicians and social scientists—like to say “The solution to homelessness is housing.” Although

In Fear of Poverty

“The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.” When William James, ostensible father of American Psychology, penned this line over a century ago, he had embedded the idea in a discussion on religious experience, in which he also extolled the virtues of voluntary poverty.

Rain, Rain, RainBoW

Gregory Haygood Editor’s Note: The following passages are excerpts from a novella written by Gregory Haygood, which will be published under the name that appears above: Rain, Rain, Rain-BoW. The complete story will eventually be offered for purchase through sparechangenews.net. Keep watching the site and the newspaper for more information, and please contact our office

Fair Foods Two Dollar-A-Bag Program

Spare Change vendor and writer Rober Sondak has written much about nutrition, including a recent article about the Boston-based nonprofit Fair Foods (http://sparechangenews.net/news/fair-foods-fights-nutritional-insecurity). Fair Foods is a great resource for obtaining fresh produce without spend a lot of money, and it’s likely that one of their $2 bag programs is in operation in your neighborhood.

Honoring February's Events Through Poetry

Poets from across the Boston area gathered at Out Of Town News in Harvard Square Friday, February 12, to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and Black History Month. Meanwhile, the artists in attendance also remembered those who lost their lives and the many more who were displaced by last month’s devastating earthquake in Haiti. The readings,

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