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Stories Behind the Signs of Panhandlers in West Lebanon

  • Mark Chase said he is living in a camper in the Upper Valley after his home was foreclosed on. "I'm out here trying to get some extra cash to get some food," said Chase. He was one of six panhandlers at major intersections on Route 12A north and south of I-89 in West Lebanon, N.H., Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hali Bailey, of Lebanon, said she recently lost her apartment and is panhandling to supplement her income from a job at a West Lebanon restaurant, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. "I would get up to a hundred dollars a day," said Bailey. "It ranges from day to day depending on how much traffic or the weather. A nice day like this, if it was a Friday, I'd probably have a lot of luck, but lately if it's me and five other people, not really." Six panhandlers took up spots at major intersections on Route 12A north and south of I-89 in West Lebanon, N.H., Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Calvin White said he has not been able to find work in landscaping, so he is panhandling on the median of Route 12 A in West Lebanon, N.H., Wednesday, April 11, 2018. "I make enough to basically get something to eat each day," said White. Six panhandlers took up spots at major intersections on Route 12A north and south of I-89 in West Lebanon, N.H., at mid-day Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Richard Bowley and his wife Jennifer found an apartment in Enfield after a period of living in a tent behind Hannaford in West Lebanon, N.H., in the fall of 2016. Bowley said he still panhandles on Route 12A because he is disabled and the couple's only income is his wife's monthly disability benefit. Six panhandlers took up spots at major intersections on Route 12A north and south of I-89 in West Lebanon, N.H., Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Thursday, April 12, 2018

West Lebanon — At midday on Wednesday, six panhandlers took up spots at major intersections on Route 12A north and south of I-89 in West Lebanon. Four of the six consented to portraits and sharing their thoughts with Valley News staff photographer James M. Patterson.

Hali Bailey, of Lebanon, said she recently lost her apartment and is panhandling to supplement her income from a job at a West Lebanon restaurant.

“I would get up to a hundred dollars a day,” Bailey said. “It ranges from day to day depending on how much traffic or the weather. A nice day like this, if it was a Friday, I’d probably have a lot of luck, but lately if it’s me and five other people, not really.”

Calvin White said he has not been able to find work in landscaping, so he is panhandling on the median of Route 12A in West Lebanon.

“I make enough to basically get something to eat each day,” he said.

Mark Chase said he is living in a camper in the Upper Valley after his home was foreclosed on.

“I’m out here trying to get some extra cash to get some food,” he said.

Richard Bowley and his wife, Jennifer, found an apartment in Enfield after a period of living in a tent behind Hannaford in West Lebanon in fall 2016. Bowley said he still panhandles on Route 12A because he is disabled and the couple’s only income is his wife’s monthly disability benefit.