Next we visited the Newton Homeless shelter. Again, this was a faith based mission but they were struggling financially. It was a small shelter that served families, men and women. I met a client named John. He had lost his wife to cancer 13 years ago and started driving. He said he couldn't handle the grief. Finally he got a job at the carnival and he worked there for 7 years. He had just found an apartment today that he could afford! His story is very similar to others I have met at Switchpoint. Men in their 70's who couldn't cope with loss and became homeless. Very heartbreaking.
My friend, Terry Hartke drove in tonight from Austin, Texas. She is willing to take my spot on the back and give my buns and legs a rest. What a true friend!! Hope she still likes me after her day is over. One thing we have noticed in Kansas- people are so friendly in small towns. Love it!!
|Denny- Union Rescue Mission Wichita|
|John- Newton Shelter|
|Made it to Cassoday Kansas|
|Denny and I|