Help Arlene (a.k.a Lisa) Barry

$3,720 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 137 people in 17 months
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Maggie Jones
on behalf of Arlene Barry
 CHICAGO, IL
Rogers Park is a great neighborhood full of interesting people and friendly faces. One person who makes Rogers Park great is Arlene (a.k.a Lisa) Barry, our local Streetwise vendor who has stood in front of Morse Market for 4.5 years now selling magazines and offering a warm smile to passersby. Many people are encouraged by Lisa's steadfastness and positive attitude - even through Chicago’s harsh cold winter.

As a young adult in Chicago, Lisa was a victim of rape by a deacon of a church. This experience as well as the physical abuse she suffered at home led her to run away and turn to drugs. As a young adult she was arrested for possession with intent (a minor non-violent felony for which she never served jail time) and because this charge remained on her record (despite 16 years of being free of drugs) she had difficulty finding a job and providing for her 7 children. She still struggles today to overcome this obstacle.

Conditions in the homeless shelter where Lisa was staying were bad. The shelter had only 4 sinks for 25 women and she was exposed bed bugs, frequent theft by fellow shelter inhabitants, and harassment from drug addicts. When she started working for Streetwise, Lisa was able to move out of the shelter and rent a room, but she struggles to make ends meet.

A group of neighbors started getting interested in helping Lisa this winter when we heard that she was had health issues from standing in the cold too long. We decided to start this campaign for Lisa to give her a chance to get ahead. With the money raised by this campaign we hope to give Lisa some days off so she can get warm, care for her health, and work on getting her record expunged. We also hope she can start looking for job training and buy clothes for job interviews.

Please donate to this campaign and help Lisa escape a past she has left behind 16 years ago but that still haunts her today. In addition to a monetary donation, please also comment below if you know of any other resources that can help Lisa. Thank you Rogers Park. Lisa is beyond grateful for the support this community has given her. Let's continue to show her we really care!
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Hi friends and neighbors,

I apologize for not posting an update sooner. I was a bit busy. Lisa would like to thank you for all the support you gave her during the campaign. We decided to stop accepting donations because we felt the campaign was a success and we just felt it was a good time to stop. Lisa has received the funds and she is currently taking some time off, visiting the doctor, and working to get her records sealed. Lisa has a long road ahead of her but she is energized by your support and she is working hard to forge a new future for herself. Thank you again!
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Dear friends and neighbors. I saw Lisa today outside of Morse Market and she was very excited! She gave me a big hug and a thank you. I told her about all the kind messages from donors and she felt very loved. Thank you all for your support and please continue to share the campaign. If you know of any employers who may be interested in hiring Lisa once her record is sealed please also let me know. I'm currently looking for a lawyer who can help get Lisa's record sealed. If anyone can make a recommendation or is willing to volunteer please also send a message my way. Thanks!
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Sharon Dornberg-Lee
17 months ago
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You can call me next week at 773-508-1088. I MAY be able to assist her in finding a pro bono attorney but I'm not certain. I'm a social worker.

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Ruth Goring
16 months ago
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Thank you for the update! We're rooting for you, Lisa!

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Robert Miller
17 months ago
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If I am not wrong but doesnt the Howard Area Community center or GoodNewsPartners where I use to volunteer for... I think one of these 2 services may be of help to Lisa.... http://www.goodnewspartners.org/

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Sulaiman The-WordSmith
16 months ago

Keep up the faith and keep on striving for a better life.

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Raised by 137 people in 17 months
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Robert Miller
17 months ago
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LOVE TO HELP OUR FELLOW NEIGHBORS OUT WHEN IN NEED.... THAT SMILE IS LOVELY... KEEP ON TRUCKIN'

JN
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Julie Nebel-Dooley
17 months ago

Love that you are doing this!

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Anonymous
17 months ago
$25
Anonymous
17 months ago
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SL
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Sharon Lanza
17 months ago
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Best wishes to you!

Sharon Dornberg-Lee
17 months ago
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You can call me next week at 773-508-1088. I MAY be able to assist her in finding a pro bono attorney but I'm not certain. I'm a social worker.

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Ruth Goring
16 months ago
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Thank you for the update! We're rooting for you, Lisa!

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Robert Miller
17 months ago
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If I am not wrong but doesnt the Howard Area Community center or GoodNewsPartners where I use to volunteer for... I think one of these 2 services may be of help to Lisa.... http://www.goodnewspartners.org/

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Sulaiman The-WordSmith
16 months ago

Keep up the faith and keep on striving for a better life.

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