For those living on the streets of our city, a life cannot be rebuilt without a birth certificate. It all starts there. A government-issued ID costs about $50, or $22.50 for a replacement, and without it a person can receive no social assistance, whether for health or housing, and no pension or other benefits. So if someone’s wallet or purse is lost or stolen, the effect on their life is catastrophic. This is one of the things we can do at St. Stephen’s to help someone get their life back. It costs us so little … but gives so much!