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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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Photo project helps refugees know ‘their voice matters’

Thanks to a research project conducted by a public health graduate student, eight refugees living in Syracuse, NY, will show off their photography skills at an exhibition next month. But Rozlynn Jakes-Johnson’s project is about much more than photography. Rozlynn … Continue reading

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‘Silent Witnesses’ to domestic violence no more

Dani was in an abusive relationship for two years. One time she awoke on the floor and heard her abuser ask someone else in the room what he should do with the body. When Dani stirred, he told her, “Baby, … Continue reading

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Maria’s Outreach: Helping the homeless in Syracuse

From her office window last year, Maria Sweeney could look out and see a homeless man who lived in the doorway of an abandoned building. Each time she saw him, she wondered who he was and how he ended up … 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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Refugees ‘just need someone to walk alongside them’

Three summers ago, Sean Haley found himself delivering a couch to a refugee family on Syracuse’s North Side. He was with a friend, Nicole Watts, and they talked about her vision of helping the city’s refugee population, which grows by … Continue reading

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One young woman’s passion: ‘Always for Africa’

Gabrielle Romano had always wanted to go on an international mission trip, so when her brother and sister-in-law were heading to Africa to educate women about HIV and AIDS, she asked if she could go along. “When I left Malawi … Continue reading

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