Known for their creative and comprehensive ways of fighting the issue of homelessness, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) aims to break the cycle of poverty through public education, advocacy, and the creation of nurturing environments. One of their successful initiatives is the Cleveland Street Chronicle.
The local quarterly newspaper is written, purchased, and sold throughout Cleveland by people who have experienced living without homes. Through participating in this initiative, contributors generate income and gain a sense of self-sufficiency.
Now that the holiday season has arrived, the publication will consist of four special edition sheets of holiday wrapping paper designed by Street Chronicle vendors and other local homeless artists, as well as the typical content written by the vendors. For a nominal cost, supporters of the “Wrap Up Homelessness” campaign can help celebrate and spread the festive art of Street Chronicle vendors and homeless artists throughout Cleveland.
“The #WrapUpHomelessness edition exists to creatively help Street Chronicle vendors earn income during the holidays while celebrating the creative spirit alive in all people, regardless of their housing status,” says Molly Martin, NEOCH Development and Communications Coordinator. “We’re hopeful that people in Cleveland will be excited about this special edition and will support those who have experienced homelessness by buying the wrapping paper!”
The holiday paper is available for purchase from now throughout the month of December for $1.25. Vendors can be found at the West Side Market, or you can purchase it for $2 (the additional $.75 is part of a NEOCH fundraising effort) at one of the following partnering store locations:
Lakewood: Lion & Blue, The Root Cafe;
Coventry: Mac’s Backs-Books;
Gordon Square: Oceanne, Daily Press Juicery, Sweet Moses;
St. Clair – Superior: Upcycle Parts Shop;
Ohio City: Cleveland Candle Co.
As you enjoy this holiday season, please join NEOCH in spreading homelessness awareness and promoting healthy self-expression by “Wrapping up Homelessness” in Cleveland.