[Hpn] NYC Program Helps Homeless People Climb The Ladder Back Up

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Fri, 25 Feb 2005 16:45:43 -0500


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Febuary 25, 2005

New York City program helps homeless people climb the ladder back up.

NEW YORK (AP) _ Forty-year old Paul Hernandez spends his days overturning
New York City trash cans for a living.
In some ways, it's just what he used to do when he was homeless. But since
he entered a program called Ready, Willing and Able, there's a world of
difference.
Some two-thousand men have come through the program. In Hernandez' case, he
gets a dormitory bed in a Harlem shelter, three meals a day and seven
dollars an hour to empty trash cans.
And though he's working, Hernandez has strong memories of being down and
out.
The isolation was the worst, he says.
Begging on the street, he says, you might get money. But the donor's
attitude is, "please don't touch me. Touch the dollar."

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