| Jun 15, 2010
| 5:27 PM
On Thursday, Dan Coyne is slated to be honored as a humanitarian at a luncheon for Chicago Public Schools social workers. He plans to talk about his decision to donate a kidney to his favorite grocery store clerk.
By the end of July, however, Coyne may...
| Jun 23, 2010
When Pedro Segarra stepped off a bus in Hartford more than 30 years ago, he felt an instant connection with the city.
Despite having little money and no place to stay, Hartford felt safe to the boy who, at 15, had left the South Bronx to escape the...
| Jul 17, 2010
Just before Thanksgiving, Anna Lilly sat in a social worker's office asking for food stamps. Fighting back tears, the Newport News mom and wife recited her account balance — $2.18. And, as she told the social worker, nothing was coming in.
| Jul 19, 2010
| 6:00 PM
The elderly man was emaciated, so hospital physicians were running a series of tests for cancer, a common cause of weight loss in older patients.
Dr. Saul Weiner suspected something else might be going on.
"Where are you living?" he remembers inquiring....
| Feb 23, 2009
Hongsun Kim has heard it all. When the number of Koreans began multiplying in Little Tokyo Towers a few years ago, complaints about them from Japanese residents quickly began to surface, the Los Angeles social worker said.
"They smell of garlic." "They...
| Mar 2, 2009
| 12:21 PM
Yazmin Adams never thought homelessness was something shed have to worry about. But there she was, at just 18, pushed from the only home shed ever known. And scared to death.
Her family struggled after her mother lost a battle with lupus. Alone, her...
| Mar 8, 2009
There's no time to wash away the smell of sour milk from the baby's skin, so the mother wipes the dozing infant's face with the filthy bib hanging from his neck. "WIC cares about me," it reads, a reference to the free food program for poor women and...
| Mar 9, 2009
This should be the best time of year for the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. A pack of NFL stars are on their way to Baltimore to be honored by the foundation tomorrow and to spend time with abused children. Thousands of eyes will turn to Ed Block...
| Dec 15, 2009
The annual solicitation letter from Santa Claus Anonymous arrived in the mail the other day, with its trademark depiction of a classic Santa with his hat pulled over his eyes. The iconic drawing, of course, suggests a fundamental tenet of the 75-year-...