Street Voices

I STILL HOPE

I moved to Charlotte nine years ago and found myself adapting to homelessness. As a writer, I’ve learned to face my fears through freelancing with a pen and pad.

A Chat With Vendor Sheila Apperson

HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT SPEAK UP? I was really at a low place in my life and was battling some depression and homelessness. A SpeakUp vendor at that time sat down next to me and talked about the hope, opportunity and respect it had given him. It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.

THE TRUTH ABOUT PRISON

Let me tell you the truth about prison.Prison is not a place where anyone wants to go. The officers treat you like caged animals. You get your good ones and bad ones. The prison food is no good. The nurses are no good. They do not care about the inmates. They will let...

Mental Health and the Streets

There are a lot of life issues on the street.  A lot of “non-homeless” people think of those of us  who are “homeless” as mere “bums” and “drunks”.  The reality is that we “homeless” deal with the same life issues as those who are not “homeless.”  We may or may not...

PEOPLE ARE THE SUM OF THEIR EXPERIENCES

The other day, I was having a deep, uncensored conversation with a few other people. We were sharing our life experiences, and my sister-in-law looked at me and said, “They say that people are the sum of their experiences. I would like to sit with you and hear your...