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Online and Off the Street: Homeless Man Reboots His Life

Karen Samples


For six years, Mark Pierce lived under a piece of canvas near the Ohio River. He slept on a foam mattress retrieved from a Dumpster. He kept clean with jugs of water. In his own words, he was “tired, depressed, resentful and hateful” - just one of the region's estimated 1,400 homeless. Then Mr. Pierce found the Internet, and everything changed. He became a man with a home page, if not a home.

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Contributed on 4/28/2010

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