Curbside Chronicle

Curbside Chronicle

This Valentine’s Day you can buy flowers for your special someone and help fight homelessness.

For the fifth year, Curbside Chronicle vendors who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness are selling and creating flower arrangements.

Director Ranya Forgotson says they learn job skills like teamwork, communication, following instruction, time management and social skills, but they also build self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.

The Curbside Chronicle is teaming up with local artists to celebrate the holidays for a good cause.

Until December 23rd, vendors are selling wrapping paper with custom designs from local artists including Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne as part of the Homeless Alliance program.

Curbside Chronicle Director Ranya Forgotson says this helps vendors as they work toward the goal of ending homelessness for themselves.

As temperatures start to dip below freezing, an Oklahoma City advertiser is asking for the public's help to get coats to the men and women who sell The Curbside Chronicle on the streets.

Insight Creative Group held its first coat drive last year and received nearly 500 coats for the homeless.

ICG Content Manager Lisha Dunlap would love to see a repeat of the generosity she saw last year.

Charity Barton

The Oklahoma City Council heard proposed loosening of regulations to an anti-panhandling ordinance on Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has an existing lawsuit over the ordinance, saying it violated the 1st and 14th amendments.

The ordinance impacts the ability of Curbside Chronicle vendors to earn money. The street newspaper helps homeless people build a work history and lift themselves out of homelessness.

Nikole Robinson Carroll / KOSU

Street paper The Curbside Chronicle strives to help the homeless get back to what the rest of us consider a “normal” life while showing the general public what homelessness really looks like.