Primary Care Area: Employment and Financial Stability
What We Do...
The Denver VOICE is a nonprofit street paper that provides jobs for people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Denver.
In the details...
Al spent 6 years in prison for distribution of drugs. When he was released, he was unable to find a job due to the felony on his record. Without any income, found himself homeless and living in an emergency shelter. A case worker at the shelter recommended that Al look into vending the Denver VOICE - the local street paper. Al knew that he could earn a lot of money if he went back to his old ways, but he was determined to not end up in prison again. A born salesman, Al jumped at the chance, which provided immediate income earning opportunities and flexibility to work his own hours. Not only did Al excel at vending the VOICE, he is continuously the top vendor each month, selling between 1000-1500 papers per month. Al bought himself a truck and now lives in an unsubsidized apartment. The income he earns through vending the VOICE has provided him not only a job, a car, and an apartment, but the chance to make a dignified income and have his voice heard.
Provide water and snacks to our vendors, many of whom are homeless and all who are living in poverty.
Provide a job to 10 individuals living in poverty.