By S.E. Fleenor
Stephanie Rogers has had a difficult life. She has survived abuse, addiction, and mental illness and has come out on the other side a kind person. “I don’t have a shiny story, but at least I [have] an honest story,” says Stephanie.
By Sonia Christensen
If all goes according to plan, Denver will see two new temporary tiny house villages built in 2017—both intended to provide an alternative type of shelter for people experiencing homelessness. The first, called Beloved Community Village and organized in part by Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, will be constructed in late March or early April and will only take 1-2 days to complete. The second one, which is being planned by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, could be operational by this summer.
Denver’s street kids often face blame for trouble along the 16th Street Mall–but they care just as much for the city’s number one tourist attraction.
By Sarah Ford
The Hard Times Writing Workshop is a collaboration between Denver Public Library and Lighthouse Writers Workshop. The workshop is open to all members of the public—especially those experiencing homelessness. Each month, the Denver VOICE will publish a selection of the voices of Hard Times.
Hard Times meets every Tuesday afternoon from 3:00-5:00 in the book club room of DPL’s Central branch. To check out more writing by Hard Times participants, go to writedenver.org.
By Rae Brown, VOICE vendor
No trace of sorrow, though some sane-sighted citizens spec the spectacular action pack set
Of what is yet and could incredibly happen next, like kids in their adolescence
They hope for a hero to somehow spiral a sparrow for a fellow that won’t let go