Street Paper Run by Rhodes Students to Present “Under One Roof” Fall Fundraiser

The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper, announces its “Under One Roof” fall fundraiser to be held Sept. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom on campus.

At this event, vendors of The Bridge and other community members will meet, mingle, and enjoy a meal together. An auction featuring artwork by artists with experiences of homelessness will be one of the evening’s highlights. The event is sponsored by the Rhodes College Office of External Programs, The Marston Group, and Harris Madden & Powell, Inc.

In March of 2013, a group of Rhodes students launched The Bridge to address the hardships of the 1,800 Memphians living on the streets. Individuals experiencing homelessness were paid to share their stories and artwork for publication and also were trained as vendors to sell the paper while keeping the profits. The Bridge is the only street paper run entirely by a staff of college students. 

“A year later, we have put $45,000 directly into the hands of the homeless and have given sustainable income to over 250 people with experiences of homelessness, with our top vendors making $380-$540 per month,” says of Caroline Ponseti, a Rhodes senior and one of the newspaper’s founders. 

Included on program will be one of the vendors speaking briefly about his experiences with The Bridge and a community member speaking about why he supports the newspaper. 

The event is open to the public. 

For more information, contact Caroline Ponseti at caroline@thememphisbridge.com.