Earleen has been selling Speak Up magazine since 2014. During that time, she’s managed to continuously rent stable housing, buy a car, and stay off the streets.

She’s one of the best-known Speak Up vendors due to her positive attitude and can-do energy.

Thanks to the the support of nearly 50 donors to the Covid-19 Fund, Earleen has been able to survive the pandemic.

Speaking on the phone today, she said, “I have used the [donated] money to buy groceries and put gas in my car. I’ve put it toward the room that I am renting. It has been very helpful. Thank you!”

In addition to selling the magazine, she’s also written for Speak Up. Here you can read her short, poignant piece about seeing a man eat out of the garbage.

Over the last three months she has asked repeatedly when Speak Up will re-open for street magazine sales: “I am so excited to be back selling magazines again. I’m making sure all of my stuff is in order. My clothes are cleaned, everything is ready. I’m ready for work!”

She isn’t alone—we all want to restart and reopen. Currently Speak Up is projecting to resume street magazine sales on July 1, 2020.

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