StreetWise started as an opportunity to give voice and employment opportunities to individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Today, StreetWise offers two distinct pathways toward economic inclusion for anyone who wants to work -the Magazine Vendor Program and the S.T.E.P. Employment Program.
The Magazine Sales Program
The sales program is designed to give individuals experiencing homelessness, poverty, or those in need of an immediate income the opportunity to work with dignity. The vendors receive training, ongoing support and incentives to grow their own microbusiness.
JOIN OUR TEAM. NEW VENDOR ORIENTATION EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY AT 10:00 A.M. AT 2009 S. STATE STREET.
StreetWise STEP Program
This program helps individuals get ready for a job, get a job, and keep a job. We help individuals eliminate barriers and overcome obstacles to employment and self-sufficiency. including 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
StreetWise offers additional resources to vendors and job seekers including:
Office hours: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 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.