Meet Scott

When I was homeless, my camp was over there in Spotsylvania on route 2 right behind Simms Furniture out by Shannon Airport. I was sitting there underneath a young shade tree. It didn’t have a lot of leaves on it, but it was better than sitting out in the sun. Someone from Micah just pulled up…

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Meet Jerry

“I was in the woods about 2.5 years, and I had a place down here behind American Family Fitness. I built a big tent that had a big old tarp and we had tents inside of it and we kept it all warm with kerosene heaters. Winter time made it hard because of the mud…

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Meet Darren & Sarah

Darren: “A childhood memory I have is when we didn’t have no electricity, my mom went outside and grilled pop-tarts. When I was a kid I was good in school until I came down here. I met people in school who took advantage of me because of my learning disability in high school. I was…

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Meet BJ

“I found myself homeless July of 2013 when we lost our place in Spotsylvania and I started living in my van. I was moving all the furniture and stuff by myself and working 3rd shift at work while sleeping in the van in the daytime in the boiling heat of the summer. I hurt my…

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Meet Carth

“I’ve been in prison most my life. Since I was 13. Childhood was pretty rough. Until I was 10 years old I thought my name was ‘stupid.’ My father used to beat the hell out of me. I was the second oldest and he was my step-father, but of course I didn’t find that out…

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Behind the sign

In a church bible study one night, a woman talked of her encounter with a local panhandler. “I saw him standing on the side of the road,” she said. “But I saw the sign, before I actually saw him.” The experience left her wondering how simple human sensitivities could somehow overshadow the  human suffering at…

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