Second Hand Stories

Jean Newsome is a nurse practitioner and author living in Birmingham, AL. Moved to write a book a few years ago, Ms. Newsome took the opportunity to help other women tell their stories about their lives, homelessness, and beyond. Homeless Hearts includes twelve personal stories that are honest and...
There are millions of children in India today who spend their childhood on the streets, in railway stations and jail-like shelters, living on the edge and taking each day as it comes. Some have been abandoned; others have chosen to run away from harsher realities at home; yet others have been born...
Like any New Yorker, I was no stranger to homeless people. I passed by them on my way to the shiny glass tower where I worked for a glossy women's magazine: the older lady perched atop a milk crate in the subway station, the man curled up in a dirty sleeping bag and clutching a stuffed animal. They...
Laura Gillis caught up with Amy Grassette to talk about her experience of being homeless, the impact that had on her family, and how she managed to work through the adversity to stabilized her and her family's lives. Amy Grassette is a busy woman. She works full-time at the Family Health Center (...
The challenges of addiction can tear apart individuals, marriages and families. As individuals try to rebuild their lives, they are often advised not to embark into new relationships. Pam and Herman’s story is one of renewed hope and commitment – after time apart focused on their own paths to...
In December 2010 photographer Jerome Whittingham spent 48 hours living rough on the streets of Hull in the company of Jonathan, for whom the city's streets are currently home. On this page Jerome offers his images as a snapshot of street homelessness in Hull. He also reflects upon his experience,...

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