• Faces of the Street

    Meet: Derrick

    Today we met Derrick: Derrick is a 7 year veteran of the Las Vegas streets. After the market crash in 2009, Derrick lost his city job but was able to file for unemployment. Las Vegas, in particular, was hit extremely hard during the recession because a large part of the city’s revenue comes from tourist and practically everyone stopped vacationing during this time. After two years of unsuccessfully searching for a new job, the unemployment ran out and Derrick lost his home and then his car. For the first time in his life, Derrick found himself living on the streets in 2011. When we found Derrick today, he was sitting quietly…

  • Faces of the Street

    Meet: Debbie

    Today we met Debbie: Debbie is a 9 year veteran of the streets of Las Vegas. Another casualty of the market collapse in 2009. Her husband was killed last year by a truck while walking in the street not far from where we met her. As a woman on the streets, she admitted it was probably a bit harder because you have to look out for yourself but all in all, she insists for the most part they all try to look out for each other. It’s sort of like a big family most of the time but of course, there’s always those couple of people you need to worry about either because…

  • Faces of the Street,  Street Encounters

    An Encounter with Brenda

    Today I saw Brenda on the sidewalk of Washington Ave sitting alone just outside of a small group of men also on the sidewalk minding their own business and casually chatting with one another. I pulled over to talk to her with hopes to get to know her. Approaching people on the street can be risky and honestly dangerous if good judgment and wisdom aren’t utilized, because of the severely high count numbers of mental instability. From my experience, the majority of these people are good folks with good hearts. Unfortunately, many of them suffer from mental illnesses and they aren’t always aware of or live in reality. Brenda shared…