The People’s Paper Co-op, the SPACES Cycle 1 project that connects men and women in re-entry with creative entrepreneurship and advocacy opportunities, is featured in this weekend’s Philadelphia Inquirer with a full-page spread.
“Karon Smith, 28, used to sell drugs, a means of making ends meet in his impoverished North Philadelphia neighborhood. These days, he’s got a different kind of corner hustle.
His new gig is at the People’s Paper Co-op, a social enterprise start-up that coordinates with volunteer lawyers to run clinics expunging criminal records, then turns the shredded records into handmade paper, journals, and note cards for sale.
For people like Smith, that means a fresh start – and the chance to generate income while helping others in his community.
“I actually turned a five-page record into a one-page record. That’s big,” he said. “I feel like a new person.” ”