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2019 - 2020 Vendors of the Year

Congratulations 2019 - 2020 Vendors of the Year Evie Lovett and Yemane Berhe!

Both were chosen by the their peers as vendors of the year.

Evie Lovett used to hang out with a Real Change vendor named Katmandu. She used to go with him to Target, where he sold the paper. “He said, ‘Evie, what are you doing?’” she recalled. He told her to go to the office and attend orientation. “I walked in and I felt so at home,” Lovett said.

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Yemane Berhe is a quiet man, but do not let his demeanor fool you. Berhe is the busiest man you know. He is a Real Change vendor who works tirelessly at his multiple posts across the city of Seattle. He’s the sort who makes connections with people, holding conversations and getting to know those who buy the paper from him.

Yemane Berhe, Real Change Vendor of the Year 2019 - 2020 from Real Change on Vimeo.

Congratulations 2018 - 2019 Vendors of the Year Sabina Lopez and George Sidwell!

The people of Fremont know Real Change Vendor Sabina Lopez for her smile. The 41-year-old mother of three is a warm presence at the corner of 34th Ave. and Fremont Ave., showing up nearly every day to sell Real Change papers. Lopez, a vendor of four years, has her sales tactic down pat — simple kindness and an infectious laugh.

Sabina Lopez, Real Change Vendor of the Year 2018-2019 from Real Change on Vimeo.

Real Change vendor George Sidwell has been selling Real Change since 2010. He grew up in Yakima and was raised with a strong work ethic. He owned a business but experienced several setbacks after he had a stroke and his house burned down. Real Change helped George get back on his feet. He's housed again and an active participant on the Vendor Advisory Board. He advocates for vendors, and also for the wider community of people experiencing homelessness by working with the advocacy department to fight for legislative change at City Hall.

George Sidwell, Real Change Vendor of the year 2018 - 2019 from Real Change on Vimeo.

Congratulations 2017 - 2018 Vendors of the Year Donald Morehead and Jen Tibbits!

After narrowing down the field to eight finalists Donald and Jen were selected by their peers.

Real Change Vendor Donald Morehead often stands at Ballard Market and bears a genuine grin as he offers a new issue of Real Change – "hot off the presses! – to his customers. This is Donald's 16th year with Real Change. In that time, he's become an integral part of Real Change's vendor leadership. He manages new vendor orientations every Tuesday and Friday and serves as an intern in the Vendor Program, where he maintains Real Change's relationships with store managers at vendors' selling locations.

Donald's longevity and success as a Real Change vendor are only a testament to the firm moral character and hopeful outlook Donald possess while in the Real Change office and while selling the paper.

Donald Morehead from Real Change on Vimeo.

If there is one word to capture the spirit of Real Change Vendor Jen Tibbits, “feisty” hits the mark. You can see the pluck in her gait, in the way she prods you with her eyes and warns she’s going to “tell it to you straight.” Born in Everett in 1984, Jen grew up in the foster care system. From 12 through 29, she was on and off the streets — and therefore in and out of school. She remembers starting, but not finishing, ninth grade.

Jen became a Real Change vendor after her friend persuaded her. Living with a serious illness that affects her stamina, Jen says the support from her customers at the Ballard Starbucks on 22nd and Market keeps her going.

Real Change Vendor Jen Tibbits from Real Change on Vimeo.