In the Loop

Getting By and Getting Out: In The Loop from Dorothy Day

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In The Loop takes our show a few blocks down the road to the Dorothy Day Center, a homeless shelter in downtown St. Paul. With musicians, poets, and many voices from that community, we explore the challenge of getting by on the streets and the ultimate goal of getting out.

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Clockwise from top left: A perspective shot from near the top of the show; talking with poet Angelo Mack; amazing comments from the audience; singer Dusty Crum (with Jimmy Kennedy from The Smarts); Catholic Charities CEO Father John Estrem (with our buddy Andrew Haeg holding the mic); singer and blues harp player Tony Criss bringing the house down (with Jeff Horwich on sax in the background)
Stay here one night.

"Put yourself out here for one night"

Go down to Dorothy Day Center operated by Catholic Charities of St. Paul and ask what it is like living there. The answer? "Put yourself out here for one night, you'll see what it's all about. You gotta be here to see it." So MPR's Jeff Horwich took the advice, and lined up with the others. (06/29/2007)

Dee Dee

When the routines on the street drag you down

Being homeless can be scary at first. For many though, a familiar routine develops. That same routine can become a rut that stops some people from getting off the streets. (07/01/2007)

Stan

The struggle to get off the streets

Ending up homeless can be a harrowing experience. Trying to get off the streets can be just as hard. Without regular access to computers, phones or even showers, finding a job can be a real struggle. (06/30/2007)

Ricky

A day job is even rougher when you don't have a home

Many people see getting a job as a ticket out of homelessness. But finding work is just the first step. For the 28 percent of homeless people with a job, working when you don't have a home creates its own set of challenges. (06/29/2007)

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