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Stemming the "Rising Tide" of Elder Homelessness

David J. Jefferson Picture your grandmother. Gnarled, spotted hands creak, pull an ancient scarf down over wisps of white hair. Cataract eyes peer through cloudy glass, gaze into yours through imagined years intermediary. Call it age or gender bias, but she is a woman envisioned in comfortable surroundings, all overstuffed armchairs and well-provisioned kitchens. Yet

Spare Change News 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

What the Homeless Need is to Get a Job

  Norman Watne As a vendor for Spare Change News, I have heard so many comments from people passing by regarding their views of homeless people in need of help. Lately, it seems that the comment, “What the homeless need is to get a job” has been stated more and more. What I’m about to

Requiem for a Homeless Cause

Robert L. Karash In the various media, be it print, broadcast, or internet, we sometimes see news stories and reportage on topics related to homelessness and the poor. Sometimes an incident reported in the media nearly obliterates any empathy or compassion we may have felt for the homeless. Unfair generalizations about homeless people become pervasive

Byrnesie’s Tips in Tough Times #4: Master the Internet

Michael W. Byrnes, Jr. In one way or another, individuals or companies using the internet want to increase their search engine optimization. In today’s world, to show up at the top of a keyword search results in instant credibility, more website traffic, and ultimately more business. Ten tips to be a dominant player on the

Comfortably Numb

James Shearer The title of today’s column should ring a bell for anyone who is over the age of 30 or has ever listened to Pink Floyd. But this is not a story about heroin addiction. The other night I attended a type of event called a board connection. It’s where non-profits like ours go

Come to the Table: All Are Invited…

…To The Supper Club: A Meal Fit For a King or a Queen. Sheila Callahan The 6pm Supper Club on Church Street at First Parish in Cambridge opens its palace gate every Tuesday. Noblemen, along with the tattered and broken, princesses, along with the abused, oppressed and forsaken, enter the dining hall. Coffee, tea and

Fireflies on the Wind: On Leaving Haiti

Jacques Fleury: The Haitian Firefly [Excerpt from my book Sparks in the Dark, A Lighter Shade of Blue, A Poetic Memoir] I was the first-born boy in my family and my appointed religion was Catholicism. With that came a lot of responsibility. And I’ll get into that shortly. Since I was the first-born boy, my

The Tea Party Express Lands in Boston

Amanda Fakhreddine BOSTON – About 5,000 people gathered at the Boston Common on Wednesday April 14th, to see a tea party. Thousands of people raised their flags and signs, in support of or against the “Tea Party Express” that was en route to Washington DC on Tax Day. Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, headlined