No Place Like Home

By April 15, 2018 April 23rd, 2018 Stories from The River

I’ve been very anxious to tell Dwight’s story for a long time. Although I have only, known him for a few years, he is a humble man with a sweet spirit, who has been living outside in and around Candler Park, for over 19 years.

A few years ago, a local restaurant generously adopted him and allowed him to sleep on their property. But, imagine that…19 years ago was before 9/11 and Bill Clinton was still president. And since then, Dwight has been without a home.

He rarely received adequate medical or mental health care, ate handouts, and often begged for money and food. As he told me, he lacked opportunity, lost hope, but never surrendered his dignity. When you live outside, it feels like you’ve disappeared to everyone else.

And, for Dwight, he was keenly aware of the unwritten rule of the streets…”Once you are on the street, you’ll never get off.” But, he still never lost his dignity.

And now, 19 years later, he has broken that unwritten rule. With the heroic help of the staff of Intown Collaborative Ministries, he has his own apartment! Last week, when I saw him shopping for his own groceries, for his own home, he cried.

With tears in his eyes, he said, “Dave, you can’t imagine the feeling I had when they put the keys in my hands and said that they were really mine. I feel like a king.” You are a king, Dwight, you absolutely are.

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