The Lowcountry Herald is a magazine dedicated to helping end homelessness. Founded in 2014, the Herald focuses on the plight of the urban homeless in Charleston, South Carolina, and what can be done to help them. It’s not about putting money into the pockets of our vendors; it is about giving them the ability to earn money by selling our publication.
The Herald empowers the homeless by providing a starting point to working their way out of destitution. Street papers are independent newspapers and magazines that operate on a strong self-help model devoted to providing an innovative solution to homelessness and unemployment.
In addition to providing a for-donation publication work outlet to those experiencing homelessness, we are actively involved in ongoing homeless relief efforts in the community. We regularly partner with churches, other nonprofits, and government agencies to assist with the most urgent needs and promote homeless advocacy and awareness.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Lowcountry Herald, or in advertising with our publication, please contact us.
Part of the Global Movement Dedicated to Helping End Homelessness
With approximately 3.5 million people becoming homeless every year, more and more people now realize that homelessness is an epidemic. Fortunately, those who may need assistance can be guided to do something to help themselves towards a brighter future. Street newspapers can raise awareness of homelessness while offering those in need a bridge toward self-sufficiency.
We are committed to working with the local homeless to build better lives. We concentrate on improving our community and assisting those in need by providing tools to help the people who need it most. When we look at an individual, we follow the belief that no matter how broken the system, people can still become inspired and make a better life for themselves. It’s all about motivation and gaining a sense of self-worth.
“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do”
THE STREET PAPER VENDOR PROGRAM
Street papers are independent newspapers and magazines that operate on a social enterprise and self-help model to provide an innovative solution to urban homelessness and unemployment. Our publication strives to make things as easy as possible for our vendors. If someone can beg on the street, they can sell the Herald.
Vendors receive monthly copies of the Herald and become micro-entrepreneurs, asking for donations in exchange for copies of the magazine. This allows the individual the chance to earn a living, instead of simply asking for a free handout. This provides an income opportunity regardless of education level, criminal record, work history, mental state, housing status, or background, all common reasons the homeless struggle with employment.
All vendors must complete an orientation and sign a code of conduct, helping to ensure a professional demeanor as they hit the pavement to earn some cash. While some are natural at sales, it does not come easily to everyone. We find that this is particularly true of those who have recently lost everything, and have little else than the clothes on their backs. To accommodate these personalities but still help them get a foot up financially, we allow them to hold signs explaining their venture, as well as provide in print an explanation of our publication and how it can help the homeless. We provide them with the tools; it is up to them to put those tools to work.
We believe that a vendor can be successful enough at this business that they no longer need to be homeless, and can move on to bigger things.
We are actively involved in ongoing homeless relief efforts in the community. We regularly partner with churches, other nonprofits, and government agencies to assist with the most urgent needs and promote homeless advocacy and awareness.
Current projects include: establishing a warming shelter during the winter in collaboration with Seacoast Church; a mobile shower and laundry facility; temporary housing for qualified individuals; emergency food, clothing, and medical referrals.
Please contact us to learn more.