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Beyond Reading, Adult Literacy Is Survival

Literacy is survival. It’s a housing application, a citizenship test, health insurance, a job that can support a family. Writer Michelle Gottschlich says literacy operates on the question, “Does my level of reading and comprehension empower me?” She shows us several groups helping to break down the barriers to literacy — and empowering people in our community. Click here to read the full story.

Big Mike’s B-town: Peggy

Some folks just won’t stay down. Peggy is one of them. Through an abusive past — and a challenging present — Peggy persists. In Big Mike’s B-town, Michael G. Glab talks to someone who has experienced homelessness for almost two years. Although life always seems to knock her down, “I get back on my feet,” Peggy says. Click here to read the full story.

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Paths of Homelessness, Part 2: Demonizing the Less Fortunate

In part 2 of "Paths of Homelessness," TJ Jaeger looks at the stigma dumped on the less fortunate people who experience homelessness. While they sometimes commit “nuisance crimes,” they don’t deserve being verbally and physically harassed, demonized, and treated as second-class humans, say the people who devote their time to helping. Click here to read the full story.

Paths of Homelessness, Part 1: Your First Day

It's your first day of experiencing homelessness. What do you do? What are your options? Where will you sleep tonight? In the first of this two-part series, writer TJ Jaeger looks at the difficult circumstances people face — and choices they have to make — when they find themselves living on the streets of Bloomington. Click here to read the full story.