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2017 Vendors of the Year

Congratulations 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.

In this video, Donald shares his story.

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.

In this video, Jen shares her story.