The People Of The Street

March 29, 2010

Ana Ma Deluco is a Spanish nun and missionary who has sacrificed her time and creature comforts to work with the homeless in New York City; she has become part of the community she refers to as “the people of the street.” She sleeps on flattened cardboard boxes in an abandoned trailer, parked on the corner of a parking lot surrounded by trash and cans in industrial Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She has started an organization called Sure We Can, where she oversees the organizing and processing of recycled cans collected by others who are jobless and homeless, providing them with an opportunity to make a small amount of money.  To really understand her day-to-day experience, I spent many mornings, and even one cold, windy overnight stay, with her.

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