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Running to Benefit Street Sense's 10th Anniversary

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BENEFITING: Street Sense, Inc.

EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2013

Rebecca Henson

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I am running in the Baltimore Half Marathon to support Street Sense's 10th anniversary. It has been a decade since my husband, Teddy, gave up a spot at Missouri's prestigious journalism school to move to DC to co-found the homelessness organization. Since then, he and many others have helped give a voice to countless people experiencing poverty and homelessness. Please consider supporting my run to honor my husband's hard work and Street Sense's 10th anniversary by making a tax-deductible donation. Thanks so very much!

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Street Sense's 10th Anniversary Gala: http://streetsense.org/what-we-do/gala/

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Street Sense is a Washington, D.C.-based 16-page biweekly street newspaper that was founded in 2003 by Ted Henson and Laura Thompson Osuri. Its mission is to offer economic opportunities for people experiencing homelessness in our community through a newspaper that elevates voices and encourages debate on poverty and injustice.


The newspaper features news, editorials, poems and art about homelessness, poverty, and other social issues. About 50% of the paper is written by homeless and formerly homeless individuals and the other articles come from our staff and volunteers, who include journalists, students, advocates and a wide variety of other professionals.

Street Sense vendors pay 50 cents for each paper to cover publishing costs and then distribute each paper for a suggested donation of $2. As of June 2009, Street Sense has about 100 active vendors, selling 16,000 papers every other week, with the average vendor earning $45 a day. Vendors choose their own sales locations, and can be found in downtown D.C. and some suburbs on busy corners and near Metro stations, usually during the lunch and evening rush hours.

Last year, nearly all vendors reported a marked improvement in their lives since starting the paper. Such changes include reconnecting with family, developing their writing and communication skills, or simply gaining a sense of pride and self-respect. Street Sense not only offers its vendors a newspaper to sell, but also connects them to other service providers to meet their needs, including finding housing, accessing healthcare or enrolling them in financial management or job training classes.

Street Sense is one of about 20 street papers in the United States and more than 90 worldwide. Street papers drastically vary in size and circulation but produce social-issue focused newspapers sold by vendors who make an income on newspaper sales. For more information on other street newspaper or background on street papers in general, visit www.nasna.org.

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Early Media:  

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/july-dec04/streetnews_12-15.html

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  • Fran, Annie, Peter & Mark

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Donor Comments

Amy and Susan

Amy and Susan

DONATION: $25

A small token of gratitude for the amazing difference you and Teddy continue to make in this world. Run, Becca, run, and know we're all cheering you on! 4 years ago

Brenda K. Lee-Wilson

Brenda K. Lee-Wilson

I am grateful to be one of those that Street Sense Newspaper helped through its providing a sense of purpose and funds in which I could rise above my plight. 4 years ago

Morgan and Paul

Morgan and Paul

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Your SF family

Your SF family

We love you guys. 4 years ago

Fran, Annie, Peter & Mark

Fran, Annie, Peter & Mark

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Abra Marcum

Abra Marcum

DONATION: $10

For Rebecca and Ted!! 4 years ago

Kevin, Elizabeth, Samuel, Timothy

Kevin, Elizabeth, Samuel, Timothy

DONATION: $15

Thanks for your support in many ways. Here's just a little we can offer. 4 years ago

Edward Cahill

Edward Cahill

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Mum and Mark

Mum and Mark

DONATION: $100

It's an honor to give to such a good cause. So proud of you Rebecca and Ted 4 years ago

Matt Hanka

Matt Hanka

DONATION: $25

4 years ago