The February issue of The Contributor, Nashville’s homeless newspaper hit the streets about a half hour ago. I will start selling tomorrow at 20th and West End, starting early in the morning. Please come by and buy one or two. The suggested price is one dollar, and all proceeds go directly to the homeless/formerly homeless vendor. Last month the paper had 99 active vendors selling an average of 112 papers.
This issue sports the very first color photo for the paper. It’s on the front cover and goes along with an article about the tragedy in Haiti. Also, for the first time, the Hobo Sudoku, brought to you by yours truly.
Robert Funke wrote a eye-opening piece about his experiences taking an Urban Plunge. As he put it: “Now, over a year later, I can’t tell you a thing about what it’s like to be homeless. What I do know, however, is what it’s like to have been an educated, upper-middle class white guy who pretended to be homeless for a few days.”
There are also articles about Room In The Inn, The Oasis Center, the cold weather, funny hillbillies, and more. 20 pages of goodness in all.
The Contributor is growing rapidly. You can find vendors out as far as Franklin Tn, and The Rivergate Mall area. Still your best chances of finding someone selling the paper increase the closer you get to downtown.
If you live outside of the Nashville Area, or even if you live within it and would like it delivered to your home, you can opt to buy a year subscription on their webpage, http://nashvillecontributor.org/store. Please be sure to put my name in the box designating who referred you. I’ll get credit for that! Thanks.