Category Community Outreach

Paws on Parole brings dogs, inmates together

This story was originally published on page 1 of the Alligator.

Tania Rivera has been out of jail for less than a week, and she decided to go back.

In a grassy area near the bland buildings and barbed-wire fences of the Alachua County Jail, the 23-year-old smiles with her son and two big dogs.

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UF student sells wristbands, raises money for ‘Supra Strong’

This story was originally published on the front page of the Alligator

UF biology freshman Erika Atencio wears her “Supraman Strong” T-shirt when she asks for donations.

Her friend Ian Supra has battled stage 4 esophageal cancer for more than a year. Despite several rounds of chemotherapy, the cancer spread to Supra’s liver, lungs and lymph nodes.

Atencio said Supra’s medical bills are “a hell of a lot,” which is why she joined her Dr. Phillips High School classmates in an effort to offset his hospital and treatment costs by selling “Supra Strong” bracelets and T-shirts.

Project crowdfunds to store homeless people’s identifying documents online

This story was originally published on page 4 of the Alligator.

St. Francis House resident Scott LeValley has two things that show who he is: a social security card and a driver’s license.

“I don’t keep any documents,” LeValley, 53, said. “I think very few people around here do.”

He has no birth certificate. No voter ID. No insurance card. No picture of him with his children.