Author Archives: msaraceno

An Introduction to the Whiteaker Area

A lost population curls up tightly as winter sheds its colder days.  Together the homeless youth may be able to make their way through another day.  In Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood, where not everywhere you look is a successful tale of … Continue reading

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Part 1: New Roads Free Medical Clinic Will Be Gone In February

When Hannah Vandervort, a pregnant sixteen-year-old, gets sick and doesn’t want to deal with the emergency room or places where homeless adults congregate to get medical services, she has another option available but not for long as it may be … Continue reading

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Part 2: The Profile of Ex-Homeless Man Scott Sullivan

With a cold face and solemn attitude, Scott Sullivan lit up for a moment as he ran into an old friend he hadn’t seen in a really long time.  Although at the age of 25 most of his back teeth … Continue reading

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Part 3: Getting Youth Into Housing and Off the Streets Isn’t Easy Unless They are Ready

For Tasha Sutton, a 22-year-old client at New Roads, having a stable living environment is something she has not had since the age of 13 when her mom asked her to leave the household.  With nowhere to go at such … Continue reading

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And we are still talking about newspaper circulation because….?

In an AP article, the discussion is about the decline still occurring in newspaper circulation—hardcopy that is.  I don’t mean to be disrespectful to the author but I truly believe the public has heard enough about this topic.  As a … Continue reading

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Transparency Should be a Main Concern for Journalists

As I read the conversation among journalists about Facebook being a place to practice journalism, held by Poynter, I saw two main points I found important that were discussed dispersedly throughout the conversation. The two points were that Facebook news … Continue reading

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Where have all the children of Whiteaker gone?

  In Whiteaker this week, I spent a good deal of time at Scobert Gardens and Whiteaker School to try and get a feel for the children in the neighborhood.  I did this on a Saturday and part of a … Continue reading

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Moving Needle Exchange Programs to Increase the Spread of HIV and Reduce Children Seeing Harmful Things! Really?

As I was reading this NYT article, I was thinking to myself how absurd some decisions are for people looking in.  Specifically here, what in the world is the use of making getting clean syringes harder?  Apparently the government would … Continue reading

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From a Local Perspective, the Whiteaker at a Glance

The trail through the streets and alleyways of Whiteaker tells a story of a community that sometimes struggles to get by but does not struggle to find themselves. For Jeremy Mueller, a member of the Whiteaker community, the “hood” is … Continue reading

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The Economy According to the Whiteaker Community

With a setting close to the Mission, the Whiteaker community is a place where homeless activity and unemployment is always in season.  Many around the community are eager to let those around know just how tough the times can really … Continue reading

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