Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice to low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social, and racial justice.
The Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project was founded in 1994 as a street newspaper offering immediate employment options for the poor and homeless and to challenge the structures that create poverty. Our mission is to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic justice. Over the last twenty years, Real Change has grown to become the leading street newspaper in North America. In 2013, our weekly newspaper sold over 718,000 copies and employed a monthly average of 325 people.
by Loretta P. from Seattle, WA
I have been helping at Real Change regularly for the past 4 years. I feel valued and part of the family. I have learned so much about homelessness and it causes. I have learned about sevices for the homeless. I have met homeless people working hard to help themselves. I have watch the Real Change newspaper grow and become meaningful in our community. The circulation is now over 60,000/month. I have seen homeless folks find homes, improve their lives and/or train for a more traditional marketing job. Real Change cares about its vendors and its staff and its volunteers.
Volunteers who wish to make a difference can become part of a movement to humanize the homeless, find shelter, help feed and clothe them. You also learn a lot about the causes of homelessness and come home after each gig knowing full well, "there but for fortune go I."