Archives for the month of: July, 2012

I am so glad I get to share Sybil Taylor’s smile with you all today. Sybil is a Washington DC native who began working for Street Sense after she lost her job. She has written for the paper many times and is a consistent advocate for other vendors to keep their spirits up no matter who they encounter on the street. Sybil’s smile is extremely contagious and her spirit is so warm and loving that you can’t help but to laugh with her. Unfortunately, we had technical difficulties with the connection between our microphone and our camera so you’ll notice a slight buzzing noise when you watch the video.

What I’m so excited to share with you in addition to her smile and her story, is the news that my little brother, Sam, filmed this video and is the newest Seeing Hope enthusiast and project contributor. I will be posting his reflection on his first day at Street Sense this evening.

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Only two more videos to come.. Don’t forget to take the Street Sense Readership Survey –


Meet Barron Hall, a Vietnam War veteran who has been working with Street Sense since 2005. His passion is educating those on the struggle that most veterans face upon returning to out country and the lack of support that is readily available for them. His story is truly incredible and his perseverance to break his dependence on self-medication (the only option to treat his PTSD after returning to the U.S. at the age of 20 – already a veteran of war) and begin reconnecting with his family is so admirable. Barron says that Street Sense has given him his dignity back and allowed him the time and space to express himself and speak on behalf of the other veterans in our country that are suffering. He will be writing an article and sharing photos with us about the VA Medical Center (

It’s an honor to introduce all of you to Gary Minter today. Gary has been working for Street Sense for a year and has found it to be his new outlet for activism. Having graduated from Duke with a double major in Religious Studies and Zoology, teaching college students in China, and running for Congress – Gary has an incredible story. We’re really excited to be working on some new Street Sense articles about protests and activist movements around Washington DC with him. Stay tuned for his story on the taxi cab drivers of the DC area! Happy Thursday!

Sorry for posting this to the blog a day late. We released Veda’s video yesterday, the Fourth of July, to our YouTube subscribers and Facebook friends. Veda has been selling and working for Street Sense for the past six years. Since beginning her work with Street Sense she has accomplished five years of sobriety and is now housed with her six kitties! She is a truly remarkable woman who believes in paying it forward and giving back to her community. Her dream for the future is to move out to the country and own enough land to operate and animal rescue shelter. Veda is well known for her powerful voice and musical talent that she uses to brighten up the day of the many people who see her around Metro Center. Thank you to Anasa Sinegal for assisting in the interview for this video (Anasa is a PhD student at UNC Chapel Hill – she is writing her dissertation on street papers). Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th yesterday. Keep your eyes and ears open for Gary Minter’s video which will be coming in the next few days!