Video: Greensboro day center opens doors for homeless artist


Shannon, with his art, at the IRC

A homeless artist speaks about art at the IRC:

“…of all the resources we have here, I think the most important to me, that got me where I’m at, is my art, because I’ve always been able to draw but I never really had anybody who focused on how good, and pushed me as much as Liz. Liz saw that I liked the art and she just opened plenty doors for me for people that I never would have known. I sell a little bit, not a whole lot, but just to have people even wanting to spend a penny on it is like, ‘Man, I can do this!’… it helped me help myself…”

Beautiful. Thank you to IRC Director Liz Seymour and to all the people — staff, volunteers, donors, supporters — who’ve come together to create the Interactive Resource Center, a place of hope for homeless people.

Fox8 video: Helping the homeless in the cold

From Fox8:

“On cold nights, outside is the last place you want to be. For some in Greensboro, they have no other option. Homeless people are bracing for the cold temperatures. Some people will be able to get a spot in the shelters, others will use whatever they can to try to stay warm.

StreetWatch is a volunteer group that does weekly check-ups on homeless individuals and homeless camps set up throughout the city.
“Typically we are the ministry that gives out tents and blankets to people that have no where to stay. Tonight all I have to give out is socks and hats,” explains Kirsten Cassell, with StreetWatch.

Greensboro’s shelters are packed. The Weaver House is able to hold up to 115 people. Alphonzo Lyons is grateful to be staying at the Weaver House.
“Never been homeless, never lived in the streets, always been able to provide for myself,” says Alphonzo Lyons, who’s been at the Weaver House for the past few months.

Some people like David Gaither have already done their allowed days at the shelters. He will spend the night under a trailer.

“I got no choice to be out here. I don’t have anywhere to go,” explains David Gaither, a homeless man in Greensboro.

Groups like Street Watch are doing what they can to bring warmth and make the cold nights a little less dangerous. Since last week’s snow storm the group has been running low on supplies.

If you want to donate or help out with Street Watch you can learn more from their website:…”


Holey boots and gratitude

I posted this on Facebook tonight…

I have a pair of fake Uggs that I love, but I’ve worn them out. They have big holes in the soles of both boots. The shearling lining is super-warm, though, so I wear them around the house. Today, I had to take two homeless friends to an appointment and I forgot to change shoes before I left. My feet promptly got wet in the rain. After the appointment, we went back to the tent city, where I had to step through mud and water puddles. My boots, socks and feet were thoroughly soaked and I was soon shivering and freezing, even though I was wearing a heavy coat. What a miserable feeling! I’m just now changing into dry socks and another pair of boots. I’m chilled all the way through. This is horrible. And it’s reality for some homeless people all the time, except that they have nothing clean and dry to change into and no heated house to warm up in. Reality check. Grateful.