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Is it worth the risk for a business to help the homeless?

An encounter in a restaurant today confirmed a pattern I’ve noticed in the treatment of my city’s homeless and destitute. I’ve come across several local businesses — restaurants, mainly — that extend kindness, either with free food or coffee, a place to … 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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Abandoned Syracuse office building draws police’s attention

Syracuse police and other law enforcement agencies spent several hours Wednesday going through an abandoned 10-story building that has been a daytime hangout for some of the city’s homeless. My friend James, who sleeps in a doorway of the office … Continue reading

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A tale of two shoes in four short paragraphs

A man I don’t know walked past me, carrying a pair of my shoes. He went out the door, but I didn’t try to stop him. The long white laces were tied together, and the shoes were draped over his … Continue reading

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How to hide in plain sight in my city: Live in a doorway

Every time I stop by the abandoned doorway to see hardcore homeless James, I think, “Well, at least he’s still alive.” For how long, though? James is 48, and looks every bit like a man who lives outdoors year round, … Continue reading

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A closer look at the world of ‘Hardcore Homeless’ James

I’m still getting to know James, one of the “hardcore homeless” in Syracuse, N.Y. Every few days I stop by his place, a doorway of a long-abandoned building downtown in plain view of City Hall. It’s been snowy and miserably … Continue reading

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A shopping cart, a PB&J sandwich and 3 degrees below zero

We’re all supposed to feel happy and joyous at Christmas, but we know this isn’t the case for many of us. Selfishly, and at the risk of sounding self-serving, I decided to spend part of Christmas Day trying to spread … Continue reading

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A place where Jack was accepted ‘with all of his demons and all of his grace’

My newsletter from the Samaritan Center arrived this week, and when I read staff specialist Julie Gilbert’s column, I knew I had to share it. The Samaritan Center is an interfaith not-for-profit that feeds hungry individuals and families two meals a day, … Continue reading

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‘Empty Bowls’ events help fill food pantry shelves

The concept of “Empty Bowls” is simple and beautiful — ceramic artists create beautiful soup bowls; people gather as a community to buy the bowls, fill them with soup and enjoy a meal together; the proceeds go to local food pantries … Continue reading

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