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 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:

    • Free grab and go meals provided daily in the StreetWise Café
    • Emergency and seasonal clothing 
    • Toiletries and hygiene kits
    • Case management to connect participants with resources to meet basic needs
    • Assistance or referral to enroll in public benefits, including SNAP, medical insurance and care, reduced-fare CTA, etc. 
    • Assistance getting Birth Certificate, State ID, and Social Security Cards 
    • 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
    • Substance abuse and Mental Health referrals

 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.