Reporter Jose Espinosa is a writer of quality who currently lives in a shelter for the homeless. His descent into homelessness although emotionally debilitating, has not prevented him from finding his true calling life.
Philadelphia’s first street newspaper and the only street paper in the country produced by the homeless, One Step Away has won the 2011 International Network of Street Papers journalism award. The award really belongs to Jose Espinosa and co-writer and editor, Kevin Roberts, who wrote a story last year about Philadelphia icon and famed boxer, Matthew Saad Muhammed.
The touching riches to rags journey is a harrowing tale of orphanages, the heights of boxing fame as heavyweight champion of the world to the debasement of ending up living in a homeless shelter.
Editor Roberts hopes that this article will expose Espinosa’s talents as a writer and be the same stepping stone it turned out to be for the former champion boxer, who at one time received the keys to Philadelphia from four different mayors. But this fine boxer is not depressed. He is instead, a man determined to start his life anew, and to do it right this time.
Matthew Saad Muhammad is hosting “Knock Out Homelessness”, a program to benefit local organizations working to end homelessness in Philadelphia. The next scheduled event is slated for August 11 when Darren Doulton and Mike Missanelli will broadcast on ESPN Radio live from Bones Grille in Lansdale, PA. Proceeds will benefit One Step Away and the Darren Doulton Foundation. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chloe Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-951-0327 ext. 3942.
As of today, Jose Espinosa remains in the homeless shelter, but tomorrow, who knows?