“I heard that the paper was for the homeless, formerly homeless, or jobless. I experienced all three”, says Zachary, a Temple University alum with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He has always been a scholar of history, especially black history, and a reader of books. Zachary is from South Philly and he’s been vending One Step Away street paper for three years now.
The whole One Step Away project has been a blessing he states. He feels that it is a privilege to be a part of One Step Away and would like to contribute as much as he can to the growth and expansion of it. Zachary has been to poetry readings before but it doesn’t compare to the larger audience of One Step Away supporters that read his work. He used to sell The Daily News and The Inquirer. He said that selling those papers helped him to deal with the public as a One Step Away vendor. He said that sales work is all about being persistent.
His advice to new vendors or those experiencing homelessness is be positive and keep the faith. The Bible says, “And now abide faith, hope and love.” Zachary would like to expand his creativity by using what he’s learned from One Step Away in other media outlets like publishing his articles, writing his own books, and creating history related videos.
Zachary says, “Tell a homeless person there is always hope, and where there is hope, there is help.”