Long-time supporters of the VOICE may recognize Richard Wolfe. He worked as a vendor in the years after the paper began re-publishing in 2008, and is credited by longtime vendor Albert Bland as being the one who paved 18th and California as a prime location for future VOICE vendors.
Days before Christmas, people gathered to honor those who died on the streets in 2018. In the past year, at least 233 people died while homeless in the Denver area, the fourth year in a row to set a new record of deaths recorded in a single year.
VOICE vendor Raelene Johnson spent the holiday season with her son Jamar, who she reconnected with in 2018 after reluctantly giving him up for foster care at age three. They told the VOICE about their reunion and how fate helped them find each other after over 20 years.
In 2015, the VOICE reported that Denver was on its way to creating a “functional zero” population of homeless veterans — where more veterans are leaving homelessness than entering. In early 2015, service providers hoped to reach achieve functional zero by the year’s end.