Empower People to Work

StreetWise offers two distinct pathways toward economic inclusion - the Magazine Vendor Program and the S.T.E.P. Employment Program.

 

 

The Magazine Vendor Program

The job of selling StreetWise Magazine is a low-barrier, open opportunity for all.  It is vehicle for reengaging with community, cracking the hard shell of distrust or fear for a society that has demonstrated disgust and apathy, with only glimpses of empathy.  

NEW VENDOR ORIENTATION EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY AT 10:00 A.M. AT 4554 N. BROADWAY, SUITE 350

More information can be found 

 

 

The StreetWise STEP Program is aimed at assisting at-risk job seekers in finding and maintaining sustainable employment. We help individuals eliminate barriers and overcome obstacles to employment and self-sufficiency. These barriers include homelessness or housing instability, gaps in employment, re-entry from incarceration or hospitalization, or magazine vendors seeking additional employment

More information or to join the program visit our S.T.E.P. page

STEP is funded in part by the City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services.

 

 

 

 

STREETWISE CENTER AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES

Support Services staff are dedicated to providing effective and comprehensive services in accordance with StreetWise’s overall mission.

Support Services include, but are not limited to:

    • Free hot meals provided daily in the StreetWise Café
    • Clothing for employment and seasonal weather conditions
    • Distribute toiletries and hygiene kits
    • Case management to connect participants with resources to meet basic needs 
    • Housing resource referrals
    • Partnerships with legal aid resources to help get criminal records expunged and sealed
    • Financial and Computer literacy workshops
    • Assistance obtaining public benefits, including SNAP, medical insurance and care, People With Disabilities Ride Free, and others
    • Help for getting necessary documents, including State IDs and birth certificates
    • Assistance connecting to public benefits, including County Care Medicaid Program, vision and dental
    • Mail distribution and use as a stable address, essential for engaging with potential employers and government agencies
    • Use of telephone and cell phone charging stations
    • Crisis counseling as well as Substance abuse and Mental Health support and referral

 

Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

StreetWise Support Services staff work in collaboration with Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago, the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago, and DePaul University. Master of Social Work Candidates work as support services interns throughout the academic year and summer term.

Contact: Amanda Jones
Email: ajones@streetwise.org
Phone: 773-334-6600