About Prevail News
Prevail News is a 510(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We are based in Saint Paul, MN, operating virtually (without an office space) to limit our expenses.
Jerry Sedgewick, Director
jerry(at)prevailnews(dot)org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors:
Sabrina Garbutt (Business Consulting), Ed Fisher (Retired Lawyer), Daniel Velner (former IT specialist and Street Survivor), Arthur Johnson (Homeless Center Volunteer), and Margaret Solberg (Real Estate Sales).
- To advocate for those who live at the edge financially–with and without shelter–by providing articles and films on our web page, prevailnews.org.
- To provide housing for street survivors by creatively purchasing and financing Prevail homes for self-sufficient individuals, and providing opportunities for work at these homes.
Please contact Jerry Sedgewick to have him and Daniel Velner (formerly homeless person) speak about homelessness and what can be done about it.
Prevail News was formed to produce newspapers for vendors to sell alongside roads. It was our hope that Prevail News could replicate what has been done in Nashville, Tennessee, where all who are homeless and formerly homeless sell newspapers instead of holding signs. However, in the Twin Cities, it is more profitable to panhandle than it is to sell newspapers. Furthermore, those who panhandle are not always homeless.
Our focus shifted to producing a documentary entitled “Guttered.” The documentary was made to give viewers a first-hand view of homelessness via the filmmaker (Jerry Sedgewick). Jerry uses a hidden camera to record his experiences sleeping overnight in a shelter, eating at a soup kitchen, interviewing to find social services and a place to live, and going through steps to find a job. Stories from five former street survivors comment on what it was like to be homeless throughout the documentary.
Final reflections on the outcome for chronically homeless persons come in a eureka moment when behavior epi-genetic effects enter the picture. The film points out that trauma can create permanent behavioral changes through the DNA (epi-genetics), thus pushing for the urgent need to get street people into housing immediately.
Prevail News now continues to create films, articles and interviews for those at the edge. And we are putting aside donations in a reserve fund for a down payment on our first Prevail Home, a pilot home to determine how future homes will be modeled.
You can donate and in the comment field specify whether your donation goes toward our operating fund, or toward our reserve fund set aside for purchasing homes for street survivors, otherwise known as un-sheltered homeless.