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Video: Greensboro day center opens doors for homeless artist

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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.

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.

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StreetWatch: Building relationships with unsheltered homeless

Michele Forrest of StreetWatch and ChosenFast.com

 

In 2000, Michele Forrest served her first meal to people experiencing homelessness. At that time, she did not know she was about to find her calling. After this experience at Grace Community Church, Forrest was hooked.

‘It felt like home from the first time I did it,’ she said…

>> via “StreetWatch: Building relationships with unsheltered homeless” at The Greensboro Voice

Mary Yost interviewed me to learn the story of StreetWatch. Thanks, Mary.