Category Archives: poverty

‘They never asked to be extorted, raped, threatened and beaten’

“She was told that if she failed to pay again, they would first rape her once more and then kill her son.” My brother recently returned from a 10-day volunteer stint representing women and children who have crossed the border from … 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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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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Bicycle Around America update: A promise from Switzerland

Brian D’Apice’s Bicycle Around America adventure has gained momentum and an outrageous amount of support from across the country. Friends and strangers have donated to Brian’s designated charities (Pencils of Promise and Connecting Families), put him up for the night, … Continue reading

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Army veteran to bicycle 10,000 miles around America

Brian D’Apice was backpacking half a world away when he dreamed up his next adventure, a 10,000-mile fundraising odyssey he’s calling “Bicycle Around America.” It’s exactly how it sounds. Brian, 30, of Glen Rock, Pa., will ride solo through every state on … Continue reading

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A sad and vacant house, soon to become a home

When my co-workers and I arrived Friday morning to help restore a vacant, neglected house, it was hard to envision its future — a residence for three homeless men. The house and surroundings were in awful shape. A few of … Continue reading

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Hidden-camera test of kindness: Good idea, but unfair prank

Yesterday morning I learned of a new video that’s making the rounds on social media, a hidden-camera exercise comparing people’s reactions to two individuals on crutches who “fall” on a city street. Of course I watched it, thinking that I’d … Continue reading

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A 67-year-old man in a wheelchair dies, then gets smeared by internet trolls

The recent passing of Syracuse icon Gertis McDowell is instructive for two very different reasons. One, we can all learn from his upbeat attitude and the happiness he spread to strangers even when he was in pain. Two, we can try to … Continue reading

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