Charles Hornsby was living on the street when he discovered a cat that was abandoned in a motel parking lot. Without hesitation, Charles rescued the cat and named him Oyster after the white pearl on his chest.
“We were both homeless and as a Marine Veteran, we leave no man, or cat, behind,” said Charles.
This day started out like many others, packing supplies in the Jeep for an unknown adventure of PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) Outreach. After picking up a volunteer, we approached one of our usual stops in Kingman, Arizona.
On a cold and rainy November night, 7th and 8th graders from Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., learned about homelessness in a way that would change their lives forever. The students and church leaders had been planning and working toward this night for three months. Patricia Jacques, a case manager for Catholic Charities homeless services, was invited to speak to the students and have a frank discussion about homelessness.
I found Gerry McClintock under the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He had not had stable housing since 2010. He was cold, wearing only a leather vest and jeans and in a manic state. Gerry had been diagnosed with a serious mental illness in 1996.
Deutsch learned about the plight of veterans experiencing homelessness in Arizona and wanted to help. He believes that, “a simple bike can give a person a new found independence, freedom and mobility.” Kid’s Cycles has given two bicycles to Catholic Charities veterans program so far and has agreed to continue to donate bikes in the future.
Roger, once a local business owner in Flagstaff, has a knack for inventions and electronics. But times got tough, and he needed help. Our staff assisted him with water and food, housing applications and phone cards. We also helped him stay warm by providing blankets, sleeping bags and clothes. Find out what he is doing now.
Lori had never been to a food bank, asked for help or been without a home for herself and her 2-year-old son and teenage daughter. After losing her home, Lori and her children ended up living on the streets.