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Getting to Know Our Vendors--A Conversation with Chris Hubbard

Image and video hosting by TinyPicOn a beautiful Sunday afternoon in September, Chris Hubbard and I met to share conversation at the Capitol Square outside Starbucks. As I walked across the street, I observed Chris standing quietly with a stack of Street Pulse newspapers. His presence is calm and gracious. I mentioned to Chris that I didn’t know he sold outside Starbucks. Chris explained that he usually doesn’t sell here, but likes to meet “the guy with the dog” early in the morning for coffee and conversation at Starbucks. I knew exactly whom Chris was referring to…a fellow advocate passionate about helping our homeless brothers and sisters. Chris is a Madisonian. He was born at St. Mary’s Hospital on March 14, 1969. He grew up on the West Side and graduated from Madison West High School. Gym was Chris’s favorite class, and his eyes light up when he talks about playing tee ball. He recalls fondly playing co-ed softball at the Bowling Green Rec Center in Middleton with his family. Chris became homeless after losing his job at Capital Newspapers, where he worked for 11 years paycheck-to-paycheck. He has been homeless now for eight years and three months. You can find Chris selling Street Pulse Newspapers at Willy Street Co-op (all three locations) and the downtown Capitol Square area. Often, Chris sells Street Pulse for 12 hours in a day working two shifts. In talking with Chris, I am reminded of how humbling it is to work as a Street Pulse newspaper vendor. When I ask what Chris is passionate about, he says that has changed since becoming homeless. He now enjoys being at the lake watching the waves and feeding the ducks; it is therapeutic.--by Karen Andro, President
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