One Step Away: Advocates for Social Change in Philadelphia
One Step Away is an organization that produces a “street newspaper” whose mission is to overcome homelessness, joblessness, &poverty.
The purpose is to create jobs for members of the homeless population, in the hopes of diminishing people experiencing homelessness and joblessness in Philadelphia.
Vendors, volunteers, and the staff at One Step Away create the paper by contributing to its content; filling the paper with personal experiences, stories, poems, and insights.
The vendors then distribute One Step Away on the streets of Philadelphia, advocating for social change.
One Step Away: The Process
Vendors (Philadelphians experiencing hardships) receive their first 20 newspapers for free with additional papers costing 25 cents.
The vendors sell the newspapers on the streets of Philadelphia for a dollar (or whatever donation they receive), and they can keep the profit.
This process helps the vendors to gain self-sufficiency, engage with the public and strengthen social skills, gain employable skills, and most importantly earn an income.
A memorial was held last month to remember the 200 homeless lives lost in 2016.
One Step Away reported that some factors leading to the 200 lost lives contribute to at least one chronic physical medical condition, documented mental illness, or history of substance abuse. The average age was 53.
Each person’s name was read aloud at the candlelit vigil, and they were celebrated through music, and dance.
Vendor Site Hours:
Arch street Methodist Church
55 N. Broad St (Broad & Arch streets)
Contatc Vendor & Volunteer Coordinator Nylla Goldstein