The woman in this story is a licensed vendor of the StreetZine but for reasons concerning an abusive ex-husband chose to remain anonymous.
On the corner of Akard and Main, Vendor 1992 holds a copy of the Dallas “StreetZine” in her right hand. Day-in and day-out she stands, except on Tuesdays, hoping to make a sale to the passing businesspersons walking past her post.
“I have actually been doing it since October 11,” she said. “I actually looked at the date today and was like, oh my gosh.”
Vendor 1992 can make her own hours and fit it into her schedule wherever she sees fits. She works in the office on Tuesday and acts as a vendor the rest of the time, selling the newspapers.
“It’s almost like psychology work selling newspapers,” she said. “When selling, people give me all their problems. And I have to use spirituality.”
Vendor 1992 had classes in psychology a long time ago, intro to psychology, psychology 101, “that sort of thing” but has studied spirituality for 35 years.
“So it’s easy for me to kind of get a person and see what’s going on with their personality and what’s going on with the physical,” she said.
The StreetZine, published by The Stew Pot of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, sells for one dollar. Vendors purchase the papers for 25 cents, which helps The Stew Pot cover the cost of printing, and keep the remaining proceeds. Many of the vendors and contributing writers are homeless or economically disadvantaged in one way or another. The Zine also notes that the publication is not just for the homeless as “supporters and readers from every socio-economic level are able to and do make a difference in the lives of those looking for a hand up.”
The Zine is not exactly a spiritual publication, either. Inside, they also ask the public to write articles. People have the opportunity to submit anything they would like to submit.
“It could be recipes, it could be Sudoku anything about the town, Dallas or anything,” she said.
Vendor 1992 is not actually a member of the church. She has always been a Christian, having grown up a member of the Roman Catholic church, but decided to venture into becoming a “spiritual living” Christian. To her, they dug deeper into certain areas.
“I’m actually between the First Baptist Church of Dallas and St. Jude’s Chapel right now and flex between the two of them,” she said.
As a Christian, Vendor 1992 has ministered to people on the streets whether she wanted to or not. “Some days it’s right in front of my face and I can’t help it,” she said. “I don’t mind it if it’s not a whole lot of people. But, like if I have 8 people in a row, it’s just a whole lot.”