Category Archives: Homeless

‘Thanks for noticing’

I see plenty of unhappiness and misery in downtown Syracuse, but today’s encounter was heartbreaking. With my $7 lunch in hand, I strolled toward Columbus Circle, the city’s busiest pedestrian cut-through. I walked by the statue of Christopher Columbus, where … Continue reading

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‘A Tiny Home for Good’ in Syracuse opens its doors

Thousands of hours of volunteer sweat were on display Friday morning, as A Tiny Home for Good unveiled its first tiny home for formerly homeless people in Syracuse. The not-for-profit led by 26-year-old Andrew Lunetta held an open house to … Continue reading

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A gift for James on his 50th birthday — a home

A few weeks ago I asked my homeless friend James what he thought about his upcoming 50th birthday. “It’s just another day,” he said as he sorted returnable bottles and cans before taking them to the redemption center. “Just another … Continue reading

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Homelessness in Seattle: Part Two

Three observations from my recent Seattle visit that included volunteering for an organization that advocates for the homeless: Possessions As I walked through downtown one afternoon looking for street newspaper vendors to interview, the rains came. I was soaked and … Continue reading

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Homelessness in Seattle: Part One

My recent vacation in Seattle included volunteering with Real Change, an award-winning weekly street newspaper sold by homeless and low-income street vendors. I spent some time with vendor Jonas Stone, 57. Jonas was homeless for about 15 years until he … Continue reading

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Rescued from the brink, a house becomes a home

The homeless population in Syracuse, NY, officially decreased by three Wednesday. It took about 4,600 hours of volunteer time, help from more than 50 companies and $107,000 in in-kind services, but Ed, Frank and Pat — homeless at points in … Continue reading

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Meet the young man behind ‘A Tiny Home for Good’

Andrew Lunetta is devoting his abundant energy to building “tiny homes” for the homeless in Syracuse, NY. “For some reason, the homeless population really called to me,” Andrew said. “They’re the poorest of the poor. The most forgotten of the … Continue reading

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An exceptional man and his journey: Exhibit B

Yesterday I gave an update on Brian D’Apice and his 10,000-mile Bicycle Around America solo trek for charity. Today brings the tale of another exceptional man on a very different journey. Here in Central New York, my homeless friend James … Continue reading

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‘Community Build’ house looking more like a home

The “Community Build” project in Syracuse to house three formerly homeless men is nearing completion. Two months ago, a group of us from Upstate Medical University spent a day volunteering at the property, which was in pretty sad shape. We … Continue reading

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Unconditional kindness: the gift of a pair of size 8 shoes

Those who have the least often give the most. My homeless friend James has a brand new pair of shoes, courtesy of a woman who works at a Dunkin’ Donuts. James walks several miles a day¬†collecting returnable bottles and cans, … Continue reading

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